Today's Devotions

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Showcase: Humility

  • Trap Door, T Bone Burnett +

    One of my all time favorite songs. Sums up the struggle for letting Christ live through me rather than me Read More
  • April 5 Evening Devotional: CH Spurgeon +

    "Before honour is humility." Proverbs 15:33 Read More
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memento_posterMemento is about Leonard, a man who claims to be suffering from memory loss—he can only keep a memory for a few minutes, and then it is gone. He is on the hunt for his wife’s murderer, and to maintain memories he keeps records of events via Polaroid snapshots and tattoos of information all over his body. But as has been noted in a few newspaper and magazine reviews, Leonard is not really honest with himself, and he is not honest with us, although we are not completely aware of this dishonesty until the closing scene.

The end of the movie raises questions as to whether he really does suffer from memory loss at all, and what role he played in his wife’s death. He is the manipulator of others, it appears.

 
Memento is a good movie to discuss in relation to holistic spirituality because it is about who we are with others and who we are with ourselves. With holistic spirituality, we choose to integrate ourselves fully into the life of Christ, and to be directed by the Holy Spirit in every aspect of our life. We choose to enable Christ’s life to be lived in our relationships, in our jobs, in our families, in our thoughts and our actions. It is complete, a wholly giving of ourselves to the Father to use us as He wants, and to be a living sacrifice. Memento shows Leonard choosing a life given over completely to perpetrating a myth about himself, and using any and all means necessary to coerce others into accepting his interpretation. Leonard attempts to recreate the realities of his life and provide his reinterpretations for everyone he encounters. He uses these recreations to advance his aims, which include covering up his role in his wife’s murder and drawing others into advancing his plot.
 
The way the movie is presented also serves as an able metaphor for how we can become disjointed and separated from the truth of God with little difficulty. Memento’s story doesn’t progress in a straight line, but jumps from the end to the beginning, occasionally moving sideways. Its story doesn’t unfold but folds us in on itself, pulling us into the deception of Leonard as surely as he pulls in the other characters in the movie. Leonard is not only similar to many people we meet, he is a symbol for the world at large; a duplicitous, evil place that seeks to distort the truth and uses every device to subvert the reality as perceived by each of us into understandings that prevent truth from being comprehended as anything but a lie. Without God directing us in each and every part of our daily life, without his Spirit breathing the truth through our words and heart, we will inevitably fall victim to the Leonards of the world, if we don’t become a Leonard ourselves.

 

Reflections to Consider

  • Warfare Spirituality

    The Trinity function as farmers of our souls, actively caring for God’s creation: an ongoing, radical reclamation of His creation. Read More
  • Corporate Spirituality

    Encouragement, Accountability, and Worship Solitude, community and ministry are three areas requiring balance and integration in the Christian walk. The Read More
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Publications

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Music

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Audio & Video

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Favorites

  • The Cleansing of the Temple by RC Sproul +

    http://www.ligonier.org/account/dashboard/sermon/151/download/ In this incident of Jesus cleansing the temple, Dr. Sproul points out that the activities being performed were legitimate, Read More
  • The Prodigals by Kevin DeYoung +

    During the Gospel Coalition conference in 2013, Kevin DeYoung gave a thoughtful, spirit-led sermon on Luke 15. He was able Read More
  • Centered on one or the other by Ray Ortlund +

    ". . . a friend of tax collectors and sinners!" Luke 7:34 What does it mean for a church to be gospel-centered? That's Read More
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Hidden Blessings

  • Prayer by Alex Kirk, Chatham Community Church +

    What role does prayer play in our lives? What is prayer, anyway? Alex Kirk, pastor of Chatham Community Church, gives Read More
  • How to be Mary in a Martha world by Jim Abrahamson, Chatham Community Church +

    Jim Abrahamson spoke at Chatham Community Church on an essential of the Christian walk Who/what is our savior? What is Read More
  • Christ the King Sunday by Art Going (Holy Trinity Chatham) +

    A thoughtful discussion of how we function as colonizers for Christ the King.  Read More
  • MY STUPID MOUTH by Steve Tamayo of Chatham Community Church +

    Tremendous sermon on the liabilities of our tongue, both in what we say and don't say. Read More
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