"My Books Are About Killing God" . . .

. . . according to British author Philip Pullman, author of a trilogy of children’s books, the first of which, “The Golden Compass”, was released this month. You’ve probably read or heard something about it, and may have received the inevitable “boycott this movie” e-mails.

Now, let me say up front: I have not seen the movie, nor read any of the books, and I don’t know if I will or not. I’m not even saying boycott the movie or the books. What I am saying is that we, as Christians, must have at least a basic understanding of what is going on with our culture (though the early reviews of “The Golden Compass” suggest that it’s day in the sun may be short lived).

If you have children, you should definitely educate yourself, to be able to use this as a teachable moment. This movie will no doubt stir interest in the books, and they do intend to take the other two to the big screen. From what I understand, the second and third books in Pullman’s trilogy are more clear about their purpose. Take, for instance, this quote from the third book, “The Amber Spyglass”:

“…all the history of human life has been a struggle between wisdom and stupidity…the rebel angels, the followers of wisdom, have always tried to open minds; the Authority and his churches have always tried to keep them closed.”

Here are three commentaries on The Golden Compass:

Dr. Albert Mohler

The Rabbit Room

The Baptist Messenger

Am I afraid that Pullman might succeed in “killing God”? Of course not. But we forget all too easily that we are strangers in this world, like soldiers dropped behind enemy lines, and attacks like this are to be expected and should be taken seriously. Like Fox News says, my intention is simply for you to read and decide for yourself.


What I Got For Christmas

I got my Christmas present from Nola last night – she took us to see Andrew Peterson’s “Behold the Lamb of God”. It was, to say the least, the best live musical event, and the most worshipful, Christ-centered concert I’ve been to in 10 years (the last being Rich Mullins in OKC, a few weeks before he went home). With Andrew this year are Sara Groves, Andrew Osenga (The Normals, Caedmon’s Call), Andy Gullahorn, Jill Phillips, Gabe Scott, Garret Buell (Caedmon’s Call), and a few others whose names escape me. I encourage you to check all of them out, especially Andrew Peterson and Sara Groves.

Here is a clip from a DVD made in 2004 at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, of the first song. When it’s done, be sure to scroll through at the bottom of the viewer to find “Matthew’s Begats” and listen to that one, too.

Should I "Kiss My Hair Goodbye"?

For awhile now, I’ve been weighing the pros and cons of taking an extremely minimal approach to my hair “style” – namely, pretty much cutting it all off. I don’t want the slick, shiny, blind-you-with-the-glare look, but something pretty close. In trying to describe to Nola what I envision (and also trying to convince her), I finally found an example of what I have in mind.

This is Josh Harris,Senior Pastor of Covenant Life Church in Gaithersburg, Maryland. He’s probably more widely known as the author of “I Kissed Dating Goodbye”, along with several other very good books. This is what I have in mind. So, what do you think?

No More Friday Night Lights For Awhile

Well, the casting office called and the numbers for tomorrow’s scene have been “reduced drastically”, and they had to cut Nola and me. I’m kind of bummed, because it’s fun to do, and I know Nola would have enjoyed it; but it’s “opened up” Saturday, and I have a lot I can do around the house. So, hopefully the writer’s strike will end soon and we can do some more with them after the first of the year.