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DVDevos – Video Devotionals for Visual Christians

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This week I wanted to highlight the ministry of two Evangelical Friends and some of the cool things they’re doing.

Matt Taflan and Shawn Belt, both from Ohio, have joined together in Florida to make short video devotionals they are calling DVDevos. They see this as an opportunity to bring together creativity and Christian faith, for the use of discipling others in biblical truths. I personally think it’s a real interesting project and something I’d hope succeeds. I see the project especially helpful for youth ministries (though not limited to that sphere) where teens look for something a little more media-driven, but I also think it will inspire more young people to combine their faith and creativity and get involved in the arts.

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Left Behind Video Game Hopes to Improve Public Relations Before It’s Too Late

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I’ve writen a couple time on the new Left Behind Video Game called “Eternal Forces.”

Post #1Left Behind Eternal Forces: Violence for Christians

Post #2 Training Violent Behaviors: Media and the Message of Desensitization

[rant] Yes, I admit though I haven’t played the video game I have some strong opinions about it (in all reality I don’t think I need to play the game to make the objections I’ve made but that’s another dicussion). One of the main reasons why it bothers me is because I see it as yet another way for the Christian community to sell-out to capitalism. We see repeated attempts to tailor make theology in a way that suites American tastes, at the cost to both the Gospel and to those who accept a warped understanding of such. I suspect it won’t be long before there is a special Christian edition Hummer that comes in white, is armor-ready for the tribulation and boasts of having special bible holders built in. [/rant]

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Gathering In Light 2006: A Year in Review

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This past year has been a lot of fun on many fronts for me but I’ve had an especially great time blogging in 2006. I thought it would be fun to post some of the things that standout in my memory as important events for gathering in light and if you’ve got some fun memories or thoughts then post them in the comments. This post is meant to be a little reflective and to be read as an apology for why I still think blogging is an important practice for me to pursue.

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Airport Love – Is It Possible?

Landed in Vegas about an hour ago, did you know they offer free wireless here! I paid my dues in the form of $1.50 in slot machine goodness. Wireless, is a treat especially if you’re flying home alone. Emily has to finish out the week teaching class, and the only way we could use a frequent flyer ticket with Southwest was if I went today so here I am blogging from Vegas. Preparing for the winter cold of Northern Ohio

Flying (and airports) seem to me to be at the bottom of my list of “fun things to do.” Is it just me or is just about everyone anxious and impatient when flying? Then there is always the hassle of finding the right seat, and hoping for a good neighbor. I tend to get the people who don’t want to talk, or who lean over there seat into my space so I have even less room then the barely-infant-sized “car-seats” you’re already allotted.

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UCLA and the Taser Incident – We Tase in the Stacks Now

I don’t go to UCLA, but because I live in LA this incident hits close enough to home to draw some reflection and criticism from where I stand. If you’re not sure what I am talking about Slashdot has a succinct explanation based on the article in the Daily Brun. This action has brought national criticism, and as well as a student uproar.

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Review of Reviewme.com

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Just the other day, a new service became available: reviewme.com. It is a service that pays bloggers to review websites and products.

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Ted Haggard and Jim Wallis: A Couple Brief Thoughts

I found this post over at God’s Politics – Jim Wallis’ blog it was a statement about Ted Haggard and the issues that were raised in the last couple weeks, and I think it’s really good to read.

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America’s Overbearing Appetite

Emily pointed this political cartoon out to me the other day. It’s more true than we’d like to admit.

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Training Violent Behaviors: Media and the Message of Desensitization

 I had the opportunity to read a fascinating and very thought provoking book this past week called, “Transforming the Powers: Peace, Justice and the Domination System.” The basic idea of the book is taken from Walter Wink’s idea of the “powers and principalities” which consist of the “spiritual dynamics at work in the institutions and social systems that shape our lives.” Wink’s well known line goes, “The Powers are good; the Powers are fallen the Powers must be redeemed.”

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The Rise of Christian Terrorism: Fear Based Religion

I admit that can be hard on the church from time to time, but this is in part because I believe that we have such a grave responsibility to bear peace and reconciliation to the world. In this way I tend to enjoy people like Stanley Hauerwas, John Howard Yoder, Brian McLaren or Tony Campolo, all of which tend to present their particular messages towards the church in order to help “straighten it out.”