Three recent events, a complaint about a sermon, a movie about Margaret Thatcher and a FB conversation about gun laws, have me reflecting on the tendencies of ‘left-wingers’ and ‘right-wingers’. Both left and right folk will express concern for both ‘rights’ and ‘responsibilities’, but at different times. On the topic of social welfare: the left… Continue reading rights and responsibilities
Watched Joyeux Noël again with my wife – a truly great film, based on true events of one of the WWI Christmas Truces. Apparently, the Germans first decorated their trenches with Christmas trees, and belting out Christmas carols – the first/main one is thought to have been ‘Stille Nacht’ (Silent Night). This prompted some (English)… Continue reading peace on earth
Diane and I enjoyed (again) ‘Sophie Scholl: The Final Days’ the other night. She was a courageous woman. Very inspiring. I also particularly appreciated her prayers. I don’t know as of yet if they are hers exactly or reconstructions of the writers, but here they are as in the film:
Will somebody please make a modern, well-produced movie about Dietrich Bonhoeffer!??? (existing works here, here and here…) I think Matt Damon should play the part… :)
A question raised by Damian (‘Would you kill if God told you to?’) under a post at Frank’s blog recently led to various comments about God, killing and ethics. The issue is massive, and I won’t try to summarise it here, but I wanted to share an interesting historical character that I think is fully… Continue reading ethical violence?
U2 rocked Mt. Albert Stadium this past Friday.In addition to providing exhilarating entertainment and much more, Bono – to the surprise of none – beat his drum of anti-poverty and world peace. Noble indeed. At one point, Bono donned a white bandana with the word ‘Coexist’ in black letters. The Crescent moon of Islam, the… Continue reading fighting over the god of abraham?