Open Blogging: 12/02/2023

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  1. WenatcheeTheHatchet says:

    who else plans to catch the new Miyazaki film and the new Godzilla?

  2. Michael says:

    WTH,

    You certainly have varied interests…

    I rarely have gone to the movies…I don’t go at all anymore.

    Too much risk in the land of guns for all.

  3. Dan from Georgia says:

    I will see both if I can drag my wife to them…love both…wife loves Miyazaki.

  4. Jean says:

    I have been reflecting today on a couple verses from John 3. They can be easy to pass by almost unnoticed because of the presence of more famous passages earlier in Chapter 3.

    But these verses are similarly profound and have been on my mind today:

    “For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God.” (Jn. 3:17-28)

    I wonder why Jesus wanted to provide this clarification? Is it, perhaps, because some of his followers (or the crowds) thought or expected the Christ to come into the world to condemn the world or at least the evil doers? So Jesus takes that role for himself right off the table. Jesus did not come into the world to condemn the world! But why not?

    Well, Moses, as God’s conduit to publish his law, does a perfectly good job of condemning the world without any need for help from the promised Anointed One. The world, apart from faith in the saving work of Jesus, already stood and even today stands under God’s judgment. What more could Jesus do to a world which already stood under the judgment of God?

    But Jesus came into the world with a unique role – to save sinners (i.e., all of humanity) who stand under God’s condemnation when measured against his just and holy law. None are exempt, not one! I must never forget this simple truth.

    Even as Christians revere and the entirety of God’s holy word, including God’s law, what distinguishes the Christian and Christ’s Church from any other religion or moral philosophy is the message of salvation through faith in Jesus. This is our only hope and the primary and ultimate message that we have to give to our neighbors and the world. Any message that does not include the good news of Jesus that is FOR THE RECIPIENT is not a truly Christian message, even though it may be scriptural and morally sound.

    So, when we hear any leader (theologian or politician) say “I have a Christian worldview” or “I have a biblical worldview” we should listen carefully to how Jesus Christ and his unique work of salvation and the message of the Gospel fit into that leader’s worldview. Is he/she just pandering for my support? Is he/she abusing the word “Christian” or “biblical” to sound godly or morally upright? Is he proclaiming another gospel or Christ (as though there were more than one)?

    I think central to a Christian worldview are the verses I quoted above. A Christian worldview IMO must focus on Christ and his unique role in salvation history. It must include reconciliation with God through faith in Christ. It must include the atonement of the Cross of Christ and his shed blood for the sins of the world.

    The world does not need my affirmation of its sins, and I do not need the world’s affirmation of my sins. It need my sins forgiven by the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world. That would make for a worthy Christian worldview.

    What do others hear when you hear the words “Christian worldview” thrown around?

  5. Terry says:

    WTH – I’m totally enjoying the Godzilla series on AppleTV )”Monarch: Legacy of Monsters”. I know the bar is not high, but it feels slightly smarter than the movies. Being a series it allowed to develop more plot and realized characters.

  6. WenatcheeTheHatchet says:

    I’ve heard about Legacy of Monsters but haven’t seen the series. I’ve been soaking up a ton of Spy x Family this year and got into Death Note. Sure, Death Note is more than a decade old but the anime has since become a deserved classic in the genre.

    I’ve loved animation as an art form since childhood and to go by some of the stuff I’ve seen in TV and film I think “cartoons” have at times been more psychologically plausible and realistic than some live action cinema in the last thirty years. Back when I prepped “Pussified Nation” for publication at the blog I had to think about how William Wallace II’s favorite movie was Braveheart from the year it won, while my favorite film from that year was, easily, Toy Story. Decades later I can tell you without hesitation which of those two movies had the more cartoonish take on masculinity and it wasn’t the cartoon! That would probably be just as true of the new Puss in Boots: The Last Wish that came last year.

    “Christian worldview” suggests people who have a third or fourth-hand encounter with Dutch Reformed dogmatics and aesthetics. There’s a goldmine of actually beneficial stuff in the tradition if you bother to read the primary sources but mediated by Anglo-American culture warriors “Christian worldview” is a whole lot less than Rookmaaker tackling art history or Gerardus van der Leeuw on the anthropology of religion as a way to understand how religious impulses permeate the arts, and forget Nicholas Wolterstorff’s long-form argument that aesthetic pluralism should be seen as an outworking of Christian hospitality, liturgical innovation and reform, and dismantling the post-Schleiermacher Germanophile art mysticism that permeates college arts programs.

    My two big watches this year have been Spy x Family and Invincible season 2, both very solid cartoons … though not exactly Y7 in either case.

  7. Pineapple Head says:

    I baked 20 loaves of pumpkin bread for church staff today. I’ll watch Svegoolie with my son tonight.

  8. JD says:

    Not only does Jesus take away our sins, but he exchanged the sins for His righteousness. One and done.

  9. JD says:

    Watching Fail Army Best Year on YouTube. Hard to watch without feeling some pain. An autistic sweet little boy just dumped his water on me for laughs. Didn’t get it on video.

  10. WenatcheeTheHatchet says:

    belated, but my brother and I just saw Godzilla Minus One.

    Wow, that was magnificent! I loved the movie. For me, at least, the film made Godzilla legit scary again. Toho and company knocked it way out of the park with this one. It’s definitely one I”ll want to grab on physical media when the time comes. I don’t want to spoil it for anyone who hasn’t seen it. For anyone who hasn’t seen Minus One yet box office has been good enough it should stick around until Dec 14.

    Stoked to see Hayao Miyazaki’s newest this upcoming weekend.

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