Showcase: Joy!

  • Joy Will Find A Way: Bruce Cockburn +

    Bruce Cockburn’s song Joy Will Find A Way describes the way joy from love can transform one’s life. make me Read More
  • Shepherd's Joy by Luther Jackson Middle School Advanced Chorus +

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What leads us down the paths we choose? Sometimes it is a matter of simply not choosing to follow any particular path, and not caring what happens to us along the way, blindly believing that things will work out. If we don’t have the mind of Christ we have the mind of the world, and in the world there are many opportunities to make bad choices.

The movie Jesus’ Son is not about someone living their life as a follower of Christ. Instead, it is a story about what can happen when you don’t care very much what path you go down, as long as it is sort of fun and there are some cool people involved. It could as easily be titled “The Loveable Self-Destructives”, since the main character, FH, and most of the people he associates with, don’t seem to care what happens to them. Jesus’ Son effectively captures the allure of the world; it is filled with some of the hippest, most interesting actors around, including Jack Black, Denis Leary and Holly Hunter. The chief allure is in the title role as acted by Billy Crudup, and his carefree tumble into wrecking his life and that of his girlfriend, as played by Samantha Morton.

By the end of the movie FH does get his act together, and the director provides hints that FH is heading toward the path of Christ. The sobering truth remains that our actions have consequences to our own lives and the lives of those around us. We may find forgiveness in Christ—glory hallelujah!—but that forgiveness is not a time machine that sends us back to before our mistakes and helps us avoid them. Which makes, for myself at least, the redeeming love of Christ’s sacrifice all the more miraculous, all the greater in its ability to stand in the rubble of our destruction and lead us out onto his paths of righteousness.

Thomas said to him, "Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?" Jesus said to him, "I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you know me, you will know my Father also. From now on you do know him and have seen him." Philip said to him, "Lord, show us the Father, and we will be satisfied." Jesus said to him, "Have I been with you all this time, Philip, and you still do not know me? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, "Show us the Father'? Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on my own; but the Father who dwells in me does his works. John 14: 5-10

Reflections to Consider

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Publications

  • Worry

    Do we trust God to take care of each and every one of our troubles, or do we act like Read More
  • The Beauty of God

    Apocalyptic and the Beauty of God Isaiah 65. 17-25; Revelation 21.9-27 a sermon at Harvard Memorial Church, October 22 2006 Read More
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Music

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Audio & Video

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Favorites

  • Healing Words From A Dialogue With God by Sylvia Gunter +

    ... Because of the tender mercy of our God, by which the rising sun will come to us from heaven to Read More
  • Fast Of Words - A Different Kind Of Fast by Sylvia Gunter +

    Isaiah 58:10b-12 Time and again God brings me to my knees over my heart attitude expressed out of my mouth. Read More
  • The power of words +

    Our words have the power to bless or curse, to influence for good or for bad. Read More
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Hidden Blessings

  • Paul’s Word to Police: Protect the Weak (an excerpt) +

    Below is an excerpt of an article from Christianity Today, by Esau McCaulley, Read More
  • Easter: transforming how we relate to others +

    As we prepare for Easter, let’s prayerfully consider some questions regarding John 17. Read More
  • Jesus as the cultivator of our heart +

    Day after day our heart experiences dozens and hundreds of interactions: with others, with news stories,  with our thoughts, or Read More
  • Sing to the Lord: Thinking about to praise God each day with songs from our hearts +

    One of the overriding themes throughout scripture is praising God regardless of our circumstances. Read More
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