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The Weekly Wrap Returns

May 29, 2010

Missing in action but not soon forgotten, The Weekly Wrap returns like Superman on a five-year search for planet Krypton, or Batman returning to face a darkly comic Joker, or like me retuning to Atlanta after 9 long years away.  I’ve been silent, but trust when I say I have been busy.  Excuses aside, it’s time to get this ball rolling again, so without further ado here it is.  I can hear the rumble in your stomach: The Weekly Wrap.

  • I came across this story in CITY JOURNAL while reading comments at Dar Kush, which ultimately led to this story, which ultimately led me to save CITY JOURNAL in my favorites.  I can’t do either article justice here in the Weekly Wrap, but Benjamin Plotinsky’s got some very thought-provoking suppositions.  I’ve seen something similar to the black angel premise in the NEW YORK TIMES piece How the Movies Made a President, but still, that’s like comparing the words Jeep and jeepers (as in jeepers creepers).  Obviously, there’s a relationship, but both words — and both articles — stand on their own.  And the Sci-Fi/Religion piece was phenomenal — just up my ally.  I’ll be watching Plotinsky and CITY JOURNAL in the future.
  • Is the world getting more religious?  That’s a question I hadn’t thought about until reading Plotinsky’s “How Science Fiction Found Religion”, but that got me wondering.  I’ve spent the last nine years living in Cleveland, TN — home to the headquarters of Church of God International, and Lee University, a Christ-centered liberal arts school.  Bradley County, where we lived, was a dry county, so to buy cooking wine we had to drive to Chattanooga.  Maybe I don’t recognize the influx of Christianity because I’ve lived so close to it, and also because, personally, I’ve chosen to go in a different direction.  But I’m in Atlanta now — again, anyway — and I woke up at 6:30 AM this Thursday, turned on V103,  and there was Frank Ski doing a devotional.  An hour and a half later, there was Ricky Smiley playing “Order My Steps” and talking to a pastor.  The Ricky Smiley incident was particularly humorous because as soon as the religious segment was over, the next thing they talked about was Role-Playing in the Bedroom.
  • But the supposed increase/perceived need of religion in the world has been high on my radar all week.  I walked into Chik-fil-A and saw their mission statement bold and clear: “That we might glorify God by being a faithful steward in all that is entrusted to our care…”  As I was driving to Asheville, NC this week I happened upon 106.9, the Light, and listened as I drove.  Was my heart convicted to the point of conversion?  Nowhere close.  But still I listened.  Still I wondered if there was something that I was missing or being stubborn about.  Especially with in comes to New Age Christian rock music.  As I listened to the Light I found myself thinking about the so-called Motown sound, and particularly, the Motown drummer.  All Christian rock music sounds the same to me, just like how all Motown songs sound the same.  And don’t even get me started on the fact that not once in four hours did I hear a Christian song from another genre — not even Yolanda Adams.  But I suppose it wouldn’t be in rotation if there wasn’t demand for it.  Apparently, that demand isn’t coming from me.

And that’s the Weekly Wrap.

Next Vista: Wednesday, June 2, 2010, “Less Is Not More.”


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