Right now we're watching West Wing on DVD. I got the seven season set reasonably priced on eBay. I never watched it at all during its initial run on TV, nor any reruns on cable, so it's fun to see the whole thing back to back. Just into season two, and hit this tremendous scene that's a clear smackdown of the thinly disguised Dr. Laura Schlesinger clone, Dr. Jenna Jacobs in an episode where radio talk show hosts get to meet at the White House..
Biblical references abound as the president takes on fundamentalist craziness...
This segment is particularly profound, addressing why bad things happen to good people - a perennial topic of debate, consternation and confusion:
That faith never wavered, not even in the few weeks between the diagnosis and his death. A fortnight ago Colin asked me to say something at a service he had been due to preach at in St Albans. He said this:
‘People have been shocked by the suddenness and seriousness of my illness, and some have asked ‘Why you?’ Well, why not me? We believe in a God who creates a world with freedom for life, and freedom means the potential for going wrong. Cancer is life gone wrong. But if God didn’t let go and let go wrong, He would be less than the God of the Gospel’.
Other people had said to him ‘It’s not fair: you’ve led a good life’. Colin replied, ‘How do you know? And anyway, whatever goodness I have is God’s gift. We rely on mercy, not fairness’.
Makes one wonder why the Very Rev Jeffrey John isn't a bishop himself...
The Covenant text itself represents work done by theologians of similarly diverse views, including several from North America. It does not invent a new orthodoxy or a new system of doctrinal policing or a centralised authority, quite explicitly declaring that it does not seek to override any province's canonical autonomy. After such a number of discussions and revisions, it is dispiriting to see the Covenant still being represented as a tool of exclusion and tyranny."
It is sad to see such a bright fellow reveal himself to be delusional. This blind trust in the covenant designers and promoters reminds me of 1938 and a certain Neville Chamberlain...
My good friends, this is the second time there has come back from Germany to Downing Street peace with honour. I believe it is peace for our time. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts. Now I recommend you go home, and sleep quietly in your beds.
Ah yes, sleep quietly in your beds Anglicans around the world... (but only with members of the opposite sex)
When things are rough there's nothing like a touch of humor. And one of the humorous talents I've run into over the last couple of years is David Hayward, aka nakedpastor. He's a priest, cartoonist and lots more from New Brunswick Canada (and to be honest, I have to think you need a sense of humo(u)r to be from so far from the beaten track.
In the foreword from his just released book of cartoons:
I started blogging in 2005. I began with “churchpundit”. I liked the name, but it didn’t convey what I wanted my blog to be about. I eventually came up with “nakedpastor”. After some auctioning,I aquired the domain name. It hasn’t been an easy name to bear. I often have to explain what it means. It’s just about a pastor baring his soul. Nothing else.
And so it is. The story of "why nakedpastor?" is the subject of the first cartoon in the book and is quite hilarious. And the baring the soul part is often raw and honest. The combination is something well worth checking out.
The really fun part is that it's David's birthday Oct 7 (i.e today on the eastern seaboard, but tomorrow still on the west coast) and the artwork on his online store (already affordable) is 50% off during his birthday. So check out the blog, check out the store and if you like what you see , maybe it's not too early to buy a cool Christmas present...