Christmas Eve Eve

I’m sitting in the Panera on Collins Rd in Cedar Rapids, reading my Bible, listening to Sufjan Stevens and having some coffee. It’s a bit early to post the year-end reflections, so I’ll just give an update since last week.

Reading:
Francis Schaeffer’s The God Who Is There

  • “We usually divide cinema and television programs into two classes-good and bad. The term good as used here means ‘technically good’ and does not refer to morals. The ‘good’ pictures are the serious ones, the artistic ones, the ones with good shots. The ‘bad’ are simply escapist, romantic, only for entertainment. But if we examine them with care, we notice that the ‘good’ pictures are actually the worst pictures. The escapist film may be horrible in its own way, but the so-called ‘good’ pictures have almost all been developed by men holding the modern philosophy of no certain truth and no certain distinction beteen right and wrong.” (60-61). Exhibit A would be Tarantino’s “Inglourious Basterds”.
  • “With Hegel and Kierkegaard, people gave up on the concept of a rational, unified field of knowledge and accepted instead the idea of a leap of faith in those areas which make people distinctive as people-purpose, love, morals and so on. “It was this leap of faith that originally produced the line of despair.” (63). Translation: Because we have killed any sense of Universal Truth, all we are left with is discovering our own purpose, our own methodologies of love, our own morals, etc. Which eventually leads to despair because in the end, I’m simply living for me. Emptiness!

Listening:
Mostly Sufjan Stevens’ Christmas music, although I’ve re-discovered Arcade Fire.

Running:
I did it. this morning, I hit the 400 mile mark. I ran 5.52 this morning, which put me at 58.5 for the month and 401.9 for the year. There’s a 5k in Amana I want to run in January, the Dam to Dam in June, a half-marathon in the Fall and then a full sometime in 2011.

What’s next:
Our family is heading to NW Iowa for several days for the Christmas trek. All of Anne’s family is up there, so it will be some great family time. Our youth programs have taking a break for several weeks.

In February, I’ll begin Graduate School at Indiana Wesleyan University in Marion, Indiana via their distance learning program. When done, I’ll have an MA in Ministerial Leadership. It will take just under 2 years. I’m both excited and a little nervous.

Anything else?
A family in our church was kind enough to give us their few-year-old iMac for use at home. The HP that we had has been on the fritz (I’d call the problem “Windows”) for many, many years, so my wife is experiencing life with a Mac. So far, she loves it.

“Nails, spear shall pierce Him through,
The cross be borne for me, for you.
Hail, hail the Word made flesh,
The Babe, the Son of Mary.”
-What Child is This, Anyway?

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