- Lent and the zombie apocalypse. Need I say more?
No two things could seem further apart than Lent and the Zombie Apocalypse. Lent focuses us on penitence and self-reflection, preparing us for Holy Week and Easter. Zombie tales focus on fast-escaping survivors who don’t have time to remember their own names, much less think about the state of their souls. These meet, however, in The Reapers Are the Angels by Alden Bell—a tale of wonder, reflection, and zombies.
- According to the Onion, the Pope has finally realized that he talks about Jesus too much. (HT Thomas Verenna)
Acknowledging that he has perhaps been laying it on a little thick with the religion stuff lately, Pope Benedict XVI said Wednesday that he was making a concerted effort to take all his incessant Jesus talk down a notch.
- Seth Godin explains why he likes dead things.
Only when an innovation is dead can the real work begin. That’s when people who are seeking leverage get to work, when we can focus on what we’re saying, not how (or where) we’re saying it.
- In honor of St. Patricks’ Day Derek Ouellette offers a nice collection of posts celebrating the Irish and their contribution to Christianity and civilization. You may also want to check out Neatorama’s post on unusual St. Patricks’ Day celebrations.
- Here are a few more links on the controversy around Rob Bell’s Love Wins. I have an attention span of about 1 day for this kind of thing. But, if you’re still following along, you may want to check out Ben Witherington on the biblical texts about Hell, Michael Patton on historical perspectives of hell, Mike Bird’s reflections on universalism, and Richard Mouw about Fuller’s take on Bell’s book.
- Given our recent discussion of Thomas Jefferson’s view of Calvinism, you might be interested to read an article on the restoration of Jefferson’s “Bible” – actually just the Gospels with many portions cut out.
- While I’m at it, given our recent discussion of Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way,” you might be interested in Brian Kirk’s more appreciative “Lady Gaga, Lent, Teens, and Original Sin.“
- And, here’s a list of the top 100 comedy films of all time. I have to say that I completely agree with #1, but the top 10 overall was pretty weak.