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August 4, 2008

men in church

Why is it that men are being outnumbered by women in our churches today?  We must be the spiritual head of our household gentlemen!  We must love our families and wives more and be the men God has called us to be.  Here is a great article to read on just this topic.

I would like to hear your thoughts and views on this subject matter?

August 4, 2008

Dark Knight

My pastor wrote an Awesome parallel of the movie Dark Knight to today’s society and I think it’s a great read and I want to share it with you.

The Dark Knight has broken all movie attendance records to date.  It may simply be symptomatic of a drought in good movies this summer.  Or it could be resonating with so many people because it addresses a collective moral angst in our society, as suggested in the following commentary by Marc T. Newman, The Allure of The Dark Knight: Speaking a Troubled Truth to an Anxious Audience.
 
So what drives audiences to repeat viewings of a film that is, by any standard, a dark film set in a dystopian world with, at best, an ambiguous ending? I would like to argue that The Dark Knight is resonating with film audiences because it has tapped into a collective moral angst about the condition of our culture, and the schizophrenic attitudes many have about what it takes to set things right. In line with our culture of narcissism, regardless of what the mirror shows, we enjoy looking at ourselves. The Dark Knight reflects our culture’s troubling truths: our downward slide into nihilism, the impossibility of continuing to draw from a moral well without replenishing it, and the difficulty of wanting heroes while inhabiting a post-heroic age. The world of The Dark Knight looks both grim and familiar… 
 
The Dark Knight introduces The Joker as the harbinger of a new immoral order. He describes himself to District Attorney Harvey Dent as a kind of force of nature: “Do I really look like a guy with a plan? You know what I am? I am a dog chasing cars. I wouldn’t know what to do with one if I caught it. I just do things.” But moments later, he reveals his true identity, “Introduce a little anarchy, upset the established order and everything becomes chaos. I am an agent of chaos. Oh, and you know the thing about chaos? It’s fear.”
The crimes committed in The Dark Knight — murder, kidnapping, bank robbery and terrorism — are not otherworldly; they are the evening news. The Dark Knight merely consolidates them in a single city; creating a recognizable microcosm of crime. But unlike crimes of the past, where someone might do something evil to obtain something good – for example, rob someone to get money – The Joker simply revels in lawlessness. He is an icon for the random attacks against innocents by strangers and the senseless drive-by shootings that have recently plagued our nation. We live in a world that no longer makes sense. We see in The Dark Knight a fictional expression of our own world gone mad.

Under interrogation, The Joker rejects the idea that his is some alien ideology. Providing his analysis of the bastions of rules and laws – the police department – The Joker explains, “You see, their morals, their code, it’s a bad joke. Dropped at the first sign of trouble. They’re only as good as the world allows them to be. I’ll show you. When the chips are down, these civilized people, they’ll eat each other. See, I’m not a monster…I’m just ahead of the curve.”
 
The important question to ask is whether The Joker is right.
 
I don’t believe The Joker is right. “I cling to the promise of Christ who assured his disciples that the gates of hell shall not prevail against us.” (Matthew 16:18