I didn’t realize that The Wind Rises was out already, which means I’ll have to take it in before it’s gone from the theaters. I’m one of the few (it seems) that doesn’t mind the recent dubs that Ghibli movies have received, so if all I can find is a dubbed version in the theaters I’ll be fine.
Speaking of animated films, I just found out that The Secret of Kells is available on Hulu. It is well worth your time. The director’s follow-up, The Song of the Sea, just got picked up for US distribution and I’m hoping it’s every bit as good.
Shifting gears 100%, the whole “Jesus wants you to shut up and bake” essays coming out might be some of the weakest lines of reasoning in the recent culture war volleys. There are many good reasons why the Arizona and Iowa bills were flawed, but after hearing many of the same people decry mixing Jesus and politics during the Falwell/Dobson/Robertson era, it just seems hollow now.
Yep, good guess. Doesn’t it seem like the most unLutheran thing ever said? (Source: sermon on John 15:10. vol. 24 in the Pelikan edition of his Works)
Jesse B writes:
Well, it has to be someone surprising, so let’s guess “Martin Luther”.
Therefore it behooves everyone to search his heart and examine himself. Let no one bank on thoughts like these: “I am baptized and am called a Christian. I hear God’s Word and go to the Sacrament.”
not unless they’ve shown themselves able to handle Grave of the Fireflies, anyway.
Matthew Johnson writes:
Will try to make my next gap between
postsmasthead quote changes less than nine months
John H writes:
Erstwhile Tavern-theologian-not-in-residence, Alastair Roberts, wrote a good post on the topic of sermons-as-monologues the other day: Hear Me Out: On Sitting Through Sermons. Key quote:
While preaching is often placed in contrast to the rituals and actions of the liturgy, it is a liturgical act too, and the things that the various participants in the liturgical event of preaching do are of great significance and formative power. Even the little ‘physical’ habits involved in hearing a sermon shape us. Leaving our homes to go to a different, communal context to hear God’s Word. Remaining silent and attentive. Learning how to be physically still. Learning how to use our ears in an age of the image. Sitting alongside others. Facing someone standing over against us. Etc. [...] Whether or not you think that you are learning anything, it is shaping you in significant ways.
I tend to find myself quoting George Herbert when I find myself sitting through a, um, disengaging sermon:
Judge not the preacher; for he is thy Judge:
If thou mislike him, thou conceiv’st him not.
God calleth preaching folly. Do not grudge
To pick out treasures from an earthen pot.
The worst speak something good: if all want sense,
God takes a text, and preacheth patience.
(And yes, it has been a while, hasn’t it? Sorry for my long absence. Started a new job last summer, and while I’ve remained active on Twitter etc., something had to give, and it appears that this place was it. Will try to make my next gap between posts less than nine months…)
Jason Blair writes:
Of course, that’s just the thing about Twitter, too. For brevity’s sake, it’s impossible in this case to tell if someone is speaking out of hubris, or looking at problems with the way sermons are handled in some quarters, short of spending an evening with the writer of the original statement over a meal.
Or, could the question be one of examining the structures of today’s worship services and puzzling at the prominence of the sermon in some as compared to others.
Or, could the question be one of how many churches came to be understood as having only one pastor/teaching elder/leader/priest/whatever they call it, as opposed to a plurality of capable and vetted leaders who are capable of preaching well.
Or, (insert other idea here).
In that light, is the idea so silly? If you assume the tweet is just someone griping about church for the sake of griping about church, then you’d be right to call it out as silly. But what if that assumption is incorrect?
i.e. nobody who would actually TWEET a sentiment like that has truly repudiated the allegedly perceived problem in conventional sermons that is supposedly being repudiated. If it were the culmination of 20,000 words in some blogging format explaining how and why the contemporary sermon as some guy bloviating on various things besides the biblical text needs some reform then, well, okay, there’d be a point there. But twitter isn’t going to be the place for that.