Saturday, April 02, 2005

Happy Saturday.

I'm still working through From Beirut to Jerusalem. I just finished the Beirut section and have read the first chapter of Jerusalem, which focuses heavily on the victim mindset that Israel has attempted to maintain. Naturally there's also discussion on U.N. Resolution 242 and the Six-Day War victory. While this book has been very interesting, I've added a second in order to break it up a little: The Barbarian Way: Unleash the Untamed Faith Within by Erwin Raphael McManus. Here are the first two sentences from the back cover: 'Two thousand years later the call to follow Christ has been repackaged to be smooth and trouble-free, filled with opportunity and promise but lacking risk, passion, and sacrifice. Is this really what Jesus died for?' That caught my attention, as I've been wrestling with similar questions of late.

This week has been heavy on Jack Johnson, a singer/songwriter/acoustic player from Hawaii. He's rock with a blues edge, which is what I've been digging lately.

This week I watched I (Heart) Huckabees, which I found to be quirky and fun. An environmentalist approaches two 'existentialist detectives' to help him figure out the meaning of life. Lots of fun discussion about What It All Means with a really good cast: Dustin Hoffman, Mark Wahlberg, Lilly Tomlin, and Jude Law. If you don't have a passing familiarity with existentialist thought you might feel a little lost, though.

The second episode of The Office was painful to sit through. I didn't finish it. But I won't give up on it yet.

Around the web, check out the Star Wars: Episode III trailer.

Enjoy. Have a good week.