Left Behind… again

Ok. I am not a fan of the Left Behind series of books by Tim LeHaye and Jerry Jenkins. I think they are poorly written and do nothing to further the faith; they are merely tools to get elitist fundie “christians” all riled up by the thought of all the poor “sinners” being left behind when the “faithful” are raptured. The last thing followers of the King of Kings should be excited about is the death and torture of their fellow man. But, fundie christianity (my use of the lower-case c is intentional, btw) is rife with this “us vs. them” philosophy. JESUS came to save all people, not just the ones that look like you, Fred Phelps. Ok, ok, to compare LeHaye and Jenkins to Phelps is going a bit far… maybe… Continue reading

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Heath Ledger 1979 – 2008

I am deeply saddened by the news of this great actor’s passing. He leaves behind a young two-year old daughter, Matilda, and other family. I pray that he had a personal relationship with our LORD and SAVIOR. I pray that his daughter will grow up with happy memories of her dad; knowing how well he was respected and admired for the challenging roles he chose. I will always remember him in A Knight’s Tale. That is one of my favorites.

LORD, we lift up the family of Heath Ledger to you as they are grieving today. Give them comfort and strength, and make your healing known to them. Amen

Rest in Peace, Heath.

more on The Golden Compass (pt 2)

Al Roker interviewed Phillip Pullman about the books and movie, specifically about its “atheist” overtones… read the text of the interview here…

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21595083/

now… before you go off on a rant, let me just say I realize some of these answers seemingly contradict other things he is quoted as saying… could it be he is rethinking his position?  could it be he is getting pressure?  could it be he’s just trying to soften the message so he can make more money?  sure…

more on The Golden Compass

http://www.thinkingchristian.net/?p=1111

A great blog called “The Thinking Christian” has some writings and thoughts on this film and book controversy.

being a Christian

A good and dear friend whom I love and respect recently invited me to join a group on Facebook which has the purpose of boycotting the new film, “The Golden Compass”.  I was curious and read up on the film.  It seems in the novels upon which the movie is based the main character has a quest to “kill god”.  The author of the books, Philip Pullman, has even been quoted as saying, “My books are about killing god” but I can’t find that quote anywhere.  What I have read is the typical fare of an Atheist (which I used to be)…. things like… organized religion does more harm than good… or science can’t prove the existence of god… or the Church is just a bunch of power hungry white guys…  there isn’t any new ground here, so, my further research leads me to believe Pullman’s books are about killing organized religion, which is an idea I can strongly understand.

In summary, I will not be boycotting this film.  In fact, I look forward to seeing it.  In addition, I’m going to read the books if I can find them at my local library…  As Christians, we shouldn’t be afraid of what the world throws at us… So many people called for the boycott of the film “The Last Temptation of Christ” when it was released in the 1988, but it was a fantastic film and it challenged my faith and gave me insights I had never before discovered.  I believe that my GOD is in everything… that HIS hands are at work in my (our) everyday lives… HE isn’t threated by Phillip Pullman… I’m sure not going to be

SDG,
Matty

Jabberwocky

Ever feel like nothing makes any sense? Enjoy the poem by Lewis Carroll and remember… it doesn’t have to make sense!

  ‘Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
Did gyre and gimble in the wabe:
All mimsy were the borogoves,
And the mome raths outgrabe.

“Beware the Jabberwock, my son!
The jaws that bite, the claws that catch!
Beware the Jubjub bird, and shun
The frumious Bandersnatch!”

He took his vorpal sword in hand:
Long time the manxome foe he sought—
So rested he by the Tumtum tree,
And stood awhile in thought.

And, as in uffish thought he stood,
The Jabberwock, with eyes of flame,
Came whiffling through the tulgey wood,
And burbled as it came!

One, two! One, two! And through and through
The vorpal blade went snicker-snack!
He left it dead, and with its head
He went galumphing back.

“And hast thou slain the Jabberwock?
Come to my arms, my beamish boy!
O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!”
He chortled in his joy.

‘Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
Did gyre and gimble in the wabe:
All mimsy were the borogoves,
And the mome raths outgrabe.

Take care, my readers! I love and appreciate you all more than you will ever know!  God’s wonderful blessings to you all during this Christmas season!

SDG,
Matty

The Writer’s Strike… an Insider’s Thoughts

One of the pastors at my church has a relative who is a TV writer. I was fortunate enough to read a copy of an email he sent out to many of his friends and family. I have posted some of the text of that email below. I must say, I agree wholeheartedly with the writer’s guild on this one. Whether you are an avid TV fan or not; whether you are pro-union or not; this is an important thing and the writer’s deserve our support.

SDG,
Matty

Friends and Family –

Thank you for your recent calls and emails regarding the news you’ve
been hearing out of Hollywood the last couple days. Indeed, I am on
strike with the rest of the television and film writers, spending
about five hours a day on the picket lines outside Warner Bros., the
studio I worked for until Monday morning at 12:01 a.m. I want to
write to everyone because there’s been a lot of misinformation about
why we’ve decided to strike.

The bottom line is, the Studios have refused to fairly compensate
writers for the use of their work on DVD and even more importantly,
the Internet. The proposals our guild has on the table are
reasonable. We currently receive about 4 cents for every DVD sold,
and we’re asking for 8 cents. As far as the Internet is concerned,
most of you know that you can download an episode of almost any TV
show on iTunes for $1.99. Some of you have probably watched full
episodes of One Tree Hill on the CW website for free and seen the
incessant shampoo commercials that go along with it. Despite such
obvious streams of revenue, the Studios claim that they don’t make
money off the Internet. They want us to believe that “this Internet
thing” is too new to regulate with any kind of certainty, but we all
know that the day is coming when your TV screen and your computer
screen will be one and the same. This is why we feel we have to
fight for coverage of the Internet now.

Much has been said in the media (which is controlled by the very
conglomerates we’re fighting against) about greedy, overpaid writers
demanding more money. The fact is, the money we’re losing by being
on strike will likely never be recouped by us, even if we’re able to
win all of our proposals at the bargaining table. Like the
generation of writers before us, who went on strike to secure health
and pension benefits and residuals, we’re fighting largely for the
next generation of writers who will no doubt see the Internet become
the primary source of distribution for their work.

After three months of negotiation, during which the Studios never
seriously responded to any of our proposals, we voted to walk out.
Currently, the Studios and the Writers Guild are in standoff mode,
with both sides refusing to even meet to negotiate. You’ll already
see the effects of the strike in late-night programming, and soon
they’ll be very few new episodes of scripted television in prime-
time. The One Tree Hill episodes I’ve been working on for the last
few months will begin airing in January, but the show will soon go
into repeats (or off the schedule entirely) like everything else.
Unless this whole thing gets settled soon.

The good news is many local Teamsters in L.A. and N.Y. are refusing
to cross our picket lines, which I know will make the Coli family
very proud. Also, our brothers and sisters in the Screen Actors’
Guild are walking the line with us. Their contract is up soon too,
and they know that they’ll get whatever deal we get. And, oh yeah,
Jay Leno brought us Krispy Kreme donuts yesterday. That was pretty
cool.

Thanks again for your concern, and please feel free to forward this
on to anyone you’d like. Also, please check out this website,
unitedhollywood.com, a website created by the writers. It explains
our side of the story much better than I ever could.