Odds and Ends

Andrew and I went to Free Cone Day at Ben and Jerry’s. I’m reading John Adams by David McCullough and looking forward to getting the HBO series when it is available on DVD. On the bus from Boston to Portland last Friday I enjoyed “August Rush”; on the trip back, I was surprised I liked…

American Gratitude

An Army dad has posted a video on YouTube about the hardships his son’s unit faced in Afghanistan–without complaint–and the horrid conditions they then had to endure at Ft. Bragg when they returned. He encouraged people to complain to Congress and the Commander of Ft. Bragg. They did. The Army is listening. Finally.

A UU Pastor on Lakewood

It sounds like a joke … “Joel Osteen went into a bar with a Unitarian pastor ….” In this case, though, a Unitarian-Universalist pastor went to visit Lakewood. He was impressed by Osteen’s sermon, observing, “It could have been one of mine.” Of “Victoria Osteen’s Bible interpretation”–“She uses the same method I do.” He didn’t…

Iranian Take on Jesus

From the sounds of it, a recent Iranian movie about Jesus is blasphemous, sacrilegious, insulting, denigrating–pick your modifier–from a Christian perspective. The Muslim director says instead it is giving the truth about Jesus (i.e., the Muslim view, in which Jesus was just a prophet, and was neither crucified nor resurrected). Be that as it may,…