So Friday afternoon my wife and I went to see Julie & Julia with Meryl Streep and Amy Adams. I was the only guy in the theatre. Chick flick? Yes, you might draw that conclusion… but I enjoyed it, and I’m man enough to admit it. So there. Guys who can’t relate can sit through the movie thinking about how lovable Amy Adams is, so it’s win-win. Yes, you know what to expect from Streep, but I think Adams is likely on the brink of her Hollywood-hot-property years. If you don’t know the movie, it’s the brilliant Nora Ephron’s adaptation of Julie Powell’s book Julie and Julia: My Year of Cooking Dangerously based on her one-year blogging experiment to cook every recipe in Julia Child’s cookbook, Mastering The Art of French Cooking and blog about it. The experience not only “saved her when she was drowning,” it also transformed her from a secretary and wannabe writer to a blogger to a writer with a book deal and a movie adaptation. And I imagine she can cook, too. Meryl Streep deserves a good mention for her portrayal of an icon that in reality stood 8″ taller than she does… and she plays Julia Child like a live-action caricature.
I spent the the evening Friday and most of the day yesterday at Faith Forum conference with Alan Roxburgh, put on by the Anglican Diocese of Rupertsland. Somehow this doesn’t explain how I thought I’d done a lot more online reading last week than what the list of links seems to indicate.
- Apparently there’s been some kind of dust-up over the Christian notion of piracy. Peter Rollins writes In defense of pirates (and orthodox heretics) and The debate continues while Kester Brewin writes about St Paul and the Last Word on Pirates | The Cross and the Crossed Bones, which I quite enjoyed: indeed, “who other than Pirates and Christians decorate their vessels with visions of death?”
- Apparently it’s not just Christians… there is now a Pirate Party of Canada. Who knew?
- Trevin Wax summarizes a collection of Gospel Definitions (HTML or PDF)
- JR Woodward hosts a discussion on Tony Stiff’s paper, “Reading the Bible Missionally”
- Tim Keller makes his blogging debut with an insight on The ‘Kingly’ Willow Creek Conference
- A convincing reason to get an iPhone? (I told Al Roxburgh he should consider this one. For the grandkids, you know.)
- Trevin Wax interviews Robbie Sagers, a contributor to Evangelicals Engaging Emergent: A Discussion of the Emergent Church Movement. A few interesting points occurred to me while reading this… first, that the diversity within the emerging church is problematic to evangelicals. Which is odd, given that many people find typical forms of Christianity (evangelicals) to be too fractured, a mish-mash of schisms that refuse to get along. I’m just sayin’. Next was this line: “Another reason why some may be growing weary of the emerging church conversation is that the conversation is losing participants, and those left â€“ with a few notable exceptions â€“ seem to be speaking more softly.” Sagers attributes this mainly to the movement being directionless, but I wonder what the other reasons might be. And is it really true that those of us who are speaking more softly are simply boring the eavesdroppers on the conversation? Perhaps we should go back to being more offensive.
- An update on our book, Fresh + Re:Fresh — it’ll be shipping this week. You can order from Amazon.com