Never Stop Learning. Ever.

When the Jim Carrey movie Bruce Almighty hit theaters, I thought it was the most blasphemous concept for a movie I’d ever heard. I mean, Morgan Freeman playing God? And then vacating His powers to Carrey? Yet when someone finally sat me down with a DVD copy of the film and assured me it wasn’t as blasphemous as I thought, I found that I really liked the story. I especially liked the conceit that, even though we all think we know what’s best for everyone around us, if any of us had our way all the time, it would seriously mess everything up. As a whole, people have too many conflicting interests and too many conflicting world views. Plus, the examination of free will in the film is as good as any sermon I’ve ever heard. It was the first time I ever watched a movie and came away with big questions about my own theology and worldview. The closest I can remember to experiencing this before was after reading Graham Greene’s The End of the Affair, and yes, some tiny part of my soul just died upon realizing that I’d made a favorable comparison between that masterpiece of a novel and a Jim Carrey film.

Years later, when Bruce Almighty‘s “sequel” Evan Almighty was released, I wanted to like it. I wanted to have that same experience again. Yet, as more and more marketing materials poured into the church where I was working at the time, I slowly came to realize that Evan Almighty would be nothing like Bruce Almighty.

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Defining the Season

Morning Latte - Random Thoughts from the Passenger SeatThere are three words that have defined fall 2013 for me: Pumpkin Spice Latte. Not the Starbucks variety, though it’s very good in its own right and I do enjoy a venti pumpkin spice latte whenever I’m near a Starbucks, but I’m talking about the homemade variety. See, the closest Starbucks is nearly fifty miles from where I live and I just can’t justify the expense or the time involved in grabbing a pumpkin spice latte every time I want one from the buck of stars. Thankfully, the wonderfully talented Rachelle Zimner has taught me how to use the espresso machine I bought sometime last decade and promptly placed in storage. That plus a few bags of Dunkin Donuts pumpkin spice coffee grounds has resulted in my very own kitchen countertop caffeine factory. Continue reading “Defining the Season”