Human nature on display, no. 6

Posted August 10, 2010 by Michael Lynch
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An Ohio woman, apparently the last person in the civilized world to remain unaware that McDonald’s doesn’t serve items from their lunch and dinner menu at 6:30 A.M., pulled up to a drive-thru at that hour to order some chicken nuggets.  She allegedly had some difficulty accepting the fact that the restaurant was only serving breakfast.

Human nature on display, no. 5

Posted August 8, 2010 by Michael Lynch
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Two California women are now up on charges for starting an all-out brawl at a kindergarten graduation back in June.  The whole thing started over some Facebook comments regarding the L.A. Lakers.

Shocked by the overturning of Proposition 8?

Posted August 5, 2010 by Michael Lynch
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You shouldn’t be.  It just demonstrates something the American church should’ve learned a long time ago—namely, that we should be out there trying to change people’s hearts, instead of sitting back and counting on the apparatus of the state to create an idyllic, righteous society for us to inhabit.

America’s fuzzy afterlife

Posted March 30, 2010 by Michael Lynch
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According to a writer for Newsweek who really, really wants you to buy her book, Americans don’t know what to make of the afterlife.  Furthermore, adherence to the orthodox doctrine of resurrection is on the decline, at least here in the U.S.:

Despite the insistence of the most conservative branches of all three Western religions on resurrection as an incontrovertible fact, most of us are circumspect. The number of Americans who say they believe in the resurrection of Jesus Christ has dropped 10 points since 2003 to 70 percent, according to the most recent Harris poll; only 26 percent of Americans think that they’ll have bodies in heaven, according to a 1997 Time/CNN poll. Thanks to the growth here of Eastern religions, reincarnation—the belief that after death a soul returns to earth in another body—is gaining adherents. Nearly 30 percent of 2003 Harris poll respondents said they believed in reincarnation; of self-professed Christians, that number was 21 percent. Reincarnation and resurrection have, traditionally, been mutually exclusive. Among Christian conservatives, a private hope of reincarnation would be seen as not just illogical but heretical.

I’ve never really understood this current fascination with reincarnation.  I suppose it allows people who can’t stomach the idea of eternal realms of punishment and reward to maintain some kind of faith that people are still going to get what’s coming to them. 

For the modern man to abandon orthodox doctrines about the afterlife is one thing; for him to give up any hope that things are somehow going to be made right is quite a bit harder.

Know any law-breaking abortionists?

Posted March 14, 2010 by Michael Lynch
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I just heard an ad for this on the radio and thought it well worth some attention.  Operation Rescue’s Abortion Whisteblowers campaign is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of individuals who are or have been engaged in illegal activity at abortion clinics.  Here are the details.

Send a crook to jail, put an abortionist out of business, and make ten grand all at the same time.  Can’t beat it.

Mark Driscoll finds an original reason to hate Avatar

Posted February 23, 2010 by Michael Lynch
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Famed Seattle pastor Mark Driscoll didn’t care for Avatar.  No problem so far.  I didn’t like it myself. 

In fact, let me take this opportunity to enumerate some of the reasons why, in no particular order:

  1. It isn’t a movie so much as an aggregation of clichés melded together.  If I weren’t the mild-mannered Southern Baptist that I am, I’d create an Avatar Drinking Game wherein I would take a shot every time it took a clichéd turn.  I’d be blind drunk in twenty minutes.
  2. James Cameron directed Aliens and T2, two of the best genre films of all time.  Now I am not only put in the position of intensely disliking a movie, but I have to intensely dislike a movie that James Cameron made.
  3. It takes hundreds of millions of dollars’ worth of filmmaking technology to present a two-and-a-half-hour sermon on the virtues of living a primitive lifestyle.
  4. The plot involves a rare mineral called “unobtanium.”  I mean, they’re not even trying with this one.
  5. Floating mountains.

There are more, but you get the idea.

With all these faults, it’s easy to see why Driscoll would discourage his parishioners from seeing it.  What’s surprising, though, is the fact that he seems to think James Cameron is not merely a director who’s jumped the shark, but an actual agent of Satan.

I’m in no position to criticize one of the most influential preachers in America, so take these two observations as nothing but humble suggestions.

First of all, I get the New Age influence, but if Avatar is “the most demonic, Satanic film” you’ve ever seen, then maybe you need to get out more.

Second, if you’re going to denounce consumerism at 0:11, you might want to skip that part about the two home theater systems and three TiVos at 2:19.

Calling it quits after chasing the wind

Posted February 14, 2010 by Michael Lynch
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Karl Rabeder is a wise man.  Having amassed a fortune and lived with all the attendant perks, he’s come to the same conclusion the writer of Ecclesiastes reached many centuries ago.  Read his remarkable story here.


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