The Bluths Meet the Skywalkers?

How have I missed this for three weeks?  It’s a brilliant cut and narration by Ron Howard, who brings together two of the best “family” franchises in a great way.

I’ll be back later tonight for a quick review of Solo: A Star Wars Story, which I’ll be catching an early show of later today.

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Final Exam Equivocations

Today was a classroom wrap for me.  The tests have been graded, paperwork turned in, and final questions asked.  Now it’s a matter of one more chapel and beginning the planning for next year.  But there are still tests and grading for many.  Which brings this recent Sunday FoxTrot to mind.  Ah, equivocation.

FoxTrot Finals(image from gocomics.com)

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Every Breaking Wave Again

I’ve been holding onto this one for a while, if only because I keep planning on doing a “best of Songs of Innocence and Experience” list.  This is one of my favorites, for sure.

You kind of get the sense that U2 is in a place of transition philosophically.  This song, though, still captures something of the band that has at least hints of the timeless.

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A Turn of the Calendar Page

turning the pageYesterday marked the end of the Easter season.  A week and a half after marking the ascension of Jesus, the church celebrates the day of Pentecost, a commemoration of the birth of the church through the presence of the Holy Spirit.  At the church service I attended last night, the sanctuary was accented with red and leis were exchanged during the passing of the peace.  It was a nice way to mark the end of a particular part of the church’s liturgical calendar.

While I’ve taken part in bits and pieces of the liturgical calendar throughout the last few years, this is my second and attempting to be present for a majority of services from Advent to Pentecost.  I’ve started to the see church’s liturgical calendar as something to help my devotional practices for the rest of my life.  It provides a good and (many would argue) necessary rhythm to the year that transcends the other holidays that mark our cultural calendars.

And so now we enter what has been dubbed “ordinary time.”  In Ancient-Future Time, Robert E. Webber points out that this name is intended as a contrast to the six months of the calendar of “extraordinary time” that crescendoes with Christmas and Easter.  Which isn’t to say that nothing special will happen in the church for the next six months.  Webber sees this part of the liturgical calendar as a real reminder of why Christians worship on Sunday.

Sunday worship expresses Christian truth through remembrance of the God who acts . . . Sunday worship, every Sunday, is a celebration of God’s story.  And the constant bathing of our worship in this story– songs, preaching, baptism, Eucharist, and the Christian-year celebrations– form and shape our conscious and unconscious living in this theater of God’s glory!

From Webber’s perspective, this “ordinary time” is an opportunity to remember God’s saving action in history, experience God’s renewing presence, and anticipate the consummation of God’s redeeming work in the New Heavens and Earth.  Webber concludes:

Here the church calls to mind the teaching of the church and the practices of the Christian life as recorded in the New Testament writings.

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I am sad, really, to see this part of the year come to an end.  There’s something about the intentionality of the time that is both challenging and refreshing.  There’s a real sense that time and timing matter, that church members are on the same page by more than just whim.  But ordinary time is also an opportunity to put into practice what you have learned, almost like an echo of time on the mountain top as opposed to time in the valley.     I’ve definitely felt and learned a lot this time around the calendar of extraordinary time.  And I greatly look forward to entering it again in December.

(image from arrowelectronicsfitness.com)

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Sunday’s Best: No Genetic Fallacy Here

Because how something starts sometimes has absolutely nothing with how something ends up.  Today’s classic Calvin and Hobbes strip by Bill Watterson:

No Genetic Fallacy Here(image from gocomics.com)

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“Goodbye Forever; See You Tonight”

So my friends and I are a chunk of the way through the “remixed” season four of Arrested Development.  “Fateful Consequences” is a re-edited version of the season that saw most of the key actors making individual episodes, which didn’t work all that well for such an ensemble-fueled show.  And now, just before the fifth season drops on Netflix, the “remixed” version is here to remind us of what made the show great in the first place.

Here’s the “trailer” for the upcoming season, which seems to have a couple of interestingly absurd plot threads to draw us in.

Break out the fruit juice, I suppose!

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Season’s Endings

The spring season of television is coming to an end.  You can always tell because of the big Survivor finale, which is next Wednesday.  Tonight Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD came to a fifth season conclusion titled “The End” (just in case the show didn’t get a last-minute renewal).  And it was a wild ride that ended with a tear-jerker moment.  While the show hasn’t always delivered the “big moments” that fans have come to expect from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it has been a consistent effort with a great cast that has found themselves in a multitude of amazing situations over five seasons.  Which is part of what made tonight’s episode so sad to watch.

The only other show that needs a season’s wrapping at this point is The Flash.  It’s fourth season will come to an end on Tuesday.  The show has done a great job of staying away from Speed Force villains, which has been nice.  And while the last couple of episodes have felt a little like treading water, the season has had a mostly-engaging through-line with some nice twists.  Here’s the trailer for that season finale.

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