Mike Cope's blog

Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Grades are in! What a great feeling for teachers. There are lots of wonderful moments in a semester for an adjunct professor, but that's one of the best ones. - - - - From N. T. Wright's book on Paul: "For some, alas, the very phrase 'second coming,' and even perhaps the word eschatology' itself, conjures up visions of the 'rapture' as understood within some branches of (mostly North American) fundamentalist or evangelical Christianity, and as set out, as a popular level in the 'Left Behind' series of novels by Tim F. Lahaye and Jerry B. Jenkins, and the theology, if you can call it that, which those books embody. That scheme of thought, ironically considering its fanatical though bizarre support for the present state of Israel, is actually deeply un-Jewish, collapsing into a dualism in which the present wicked world is left to stew in its own juice while the saints are snatched up to heaven to watch Armageddon from a ringside seat. This is massively different from anything we find in Paul . . . ." - - - - So have others seen "The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe" by now? What did you think? - - - - My positions on pertinent things: peanut brittle: pro fruit cake: con (unless it's 99% bread and nuts and 1% fruit) shopping online: pro shopping at the mall: con (however I DO like supporting local merchants, so I'll usually do it anyway) being at Grandma and Pa-Pa's house: pro traveling up I-35 with half a million other cars and semis: con


  • Send Pat Robertson a copy of Dr. Wright's book!

    Reading Mike Cope's blog: pro

    By Blogger David Michael, at 12/14/2005 04:46:00 AM  

  • Now, I want to read N. T. Wright's book on Paul!

    However, I am studying for a professional accreditation exam right now and won’t be able to read anything until after January 14th.

    Saw Chronicles – LWW- on Sunday. I loved the film. My eyes “watered” the last 20 minutes. Not to be too critical but I felt like it could have been 10 minutes longer and in that time they could have developed Peter’s character a bit more. I loved the actress who played Lucy.

    Homemade peanut brittle – PRO!

    Fruitcake – mostly con

    Online Shopping – very pro

    Mall Shopping – very con

    Being with family – pro

    Traveling the 3 hours to Marietta on the 25th – con

    Store gift cards – PRO!


    By Blogger J A Pierpont, at 12/14/2005 05:38:00 AM  

  • Haven't seen it yet, but hope to this weekend.

    peanut brittle: con, I prefer pecans (Amy Grant's mom's recipe rocks!)

    fruit cake: con, unless you need a doorstop

    shopping online: pro, what a timesaver and the selection is awesome

    shopping @ mall: con, but I do enjoy going and watching everyone else scurry around

    being with family: pro, that's the best part of the holidays

    traveling up I-95 to be with family: con, always a hassle

    Dr. Wright: pro, I like any author who challenges me to think about things in a different way

    By Blogger Lisa McD in FL, at 12/14/2005 05:43:00 AM  

  • Birthdays: pro
    Husbands who remember your birthday: pro

    parents: pro
    children: pro

    grandparents: pro
    Grandchildren: pro
    friends: pro

    fruitcake: depends. Collin Street Bakery in Corsicana makes a great one. I love my mom's, too.

    shopping: hmmmm....

    attending weddings: pro

    candles: pro
    fireplaces: pro (I don't have to clean mine out.)

    The hustle and bustle of Christmas: con

    Friends and family at Christmas: pro

    By Blogger Serena Voss, at 12/14/2005 06:21:00 AM  

  • Surely, Mike, you realize that most Mall merchants are not "local." The management of most large shopping malls would rather not deal with small businesses, so their rental agreements are designed to make "mall life" very unattractive. Next time you're in a mall, count how many businesses are not chains or franchises-- you'll only need one hand, I'm guessing.

    By Blogger Phil Richardson, at 12/14/2005 06:36:00 AM  

  • Peanut Brittle - Con
    Fruit Cake - Pro (I'm making a fruit cake fireplace) oh Con for eating
    Shopping Online - Woo Hoo
    Shopping at the Mall- That would be a negative Mike (only twice in the last year).
    Being at Nanny & Pompo's house - sure miss them folks.
    IH35 - Nascar at it's finest where Soccer Mom's in suburbans ride you like their children during a fundraiser.

    So I guess we are liking the book?

    LW & W, not yet and I haven't seen Passion yet either.

    By Blogger happytheman, at 12/14/2005 06:47:00 AM  

  • Narnia: Pro! (Beware of spoilers if you haven't seen it).

    Interstate 81 between Bristol and Roanoke, Virginia is one of the most dangerous stretches of road in the country and I always dread it every year. My theory on why? Too many NASCAR fans living in those parts! :-)

    By Blogger mike the eyeguy, at 12/14/2005 06:58:00 AM  

  • Since so many of you have seen LW&W, tell me how young you think is too young? If a kid can handle Harry Potter but not SW Episode 3 do you think this movie would be OK? I have a 2nd grader that is begging to see it and we have read the book.

    By Blogger SG, at 12/14/2005 07:01:00 AM  

  • Turning a classic piece of literature into a movie: con The movie wasn't poorly done, but didn't develop the characters like I thought it could have. My 2 boys (6&8) think it is better than the book, but I think that has to do with battle scenes. They have been dueling ever since we saw it yesterday.
    Fruitcake used to be pro, but now that Grandma passed away it is con I am sure. Hers rested in brandy rags for the whole month of December.

    By Blogger Angel, at 12/14/2005 07:01:00 AM  

  • Narnia was very good - about 90% of what I was hoping for. In my opinion, they could have developed Aslans character a little more. They left out the most famous conversation in the whole book, barely squeezing part of it in at the very end. The 'crucifixion' scene was very good, though. It's a great parable! Definitely go see it!

    By Blogger KSullie, at 12/14/2005 07:05:00 AM  

  • Fruitcake - Major con.
    Are there really any new fruitcakes left in the world? I mean honestly, I think at last count there were really only about 100,000 fruitcakes in the world and each Christmas they get boxed up and "regifted" I didn't think anyone actually ate those things. ;-)

    By Blogger CL, at 12/14/2005 07:09:00 AM  

  • Enjoyed "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe". Especially enjoyed watching my teenage kids sitting there loving the movie because they love the book. (SG: try Kids in Mind for a description of the violence in the movie. It didn't seem too bad to me comparatively speaking. Not as scary at the latest Star Wars for sure.)

    My pros and cons:

    peanut brittle: pro

    trying some pecan brittle sometime: pro

    fruit cake: can't say, I've stubbornly refused to even try it

    shopping online: pro

    shopping at the mall: con

    christmas cards with only a signature: con

    being together with family: pro

    having the family come to my house for the holidays: pro

    By Blogger reJoyce, at 12/14/2005 07:14:00 AM  

  • I'm happy for all of the teachers out there! Now, if I could find some way to achieve the equivalent of inter-semester breaks in my line of work...
    If I'm reading the Wright exerpt correctly - Wright is saying that Paul sees heaven coming into earth, as they become more and more unified, whereas the LB approach says the two remain separated, or dualistic. If that is the case, I love what he is saying here (and I probably would love it, even it its NOT what he's saying) - not so much because of the theology itself, but because of the implications of the theology - it invites us to engage rather than disengage with creation/mankind.

    I have a few friends who are premil dispensationalists, and who are big fans of the Left Behind phenomenon. Though I disagree with the intepretations that seem to drive that phenomenon, these friends are conscientious, thoughtful members of the body of Christ, whose friendship I cherish. As such, I think the most important response to this theology is not to disagree with the interpretation, but to invite them into a conversation about how the phenomenon can draw one into an escapist mode, waiting for God to "take me away" from bad stuff, rather than engaging the world in a way that is consistent with the message of Jesus.
    Loved the LWW. I actually started crying when Lucy said "Merry Christmas" to Father Christmas. Something about those words and his presence signaling (finally!) the "advent" of Aslan just got to me.
    peanut brittle: con
    fruit cake: con
    sugar cookies: pro
    cheesecake: pro
    general shopping (online or otherwise): con
    shopping at best buy or books a million: pro
    holiday travel: con
    getting out of the rat race for a few days: VERY pro
    christmas music: pro
    Christmas Vaction (the movie): pro
    Handel's Messiah: VERY pro

    By Blogger Matt, at 12/14/2005 07:25:00 AM  

  • We saw Narnia with our 9 year old but didn't take our 5 year old. Glad we didn't. He is prone to nightmares if he sees something scary. The creatures at the stone table were pretty scary.

    Loved the movie. I thought within the first 5 minutes what a wonderful world we live in. Beautifully shot. The breath of Aslan bringing life was very moving to me.

    SG, Mike once told me on a movie question to go see it first and then deciede. I offer the same advice.

    By Blogger TCS, at 12/14/2005 07:48:00 AM  

  • Uncle Mike, I think that I am more partial to Papa's pecan brittle. Sorry.

    By Blogger Crista, at 12/14/2005 08:08:00 AM  

  • Thanks, Mike for the review of Wright's book. I have enjoyed some of his others and look forward to reading this one, it sounds like it is timely.
    I haven't seen Narnia yet, I am somewhat hesitant, since I have read them through at least once to all four of my kids. One part of me really wants to see it, but another part doesn't want to alter the pictures in my imagination the books created....kinda like those old KJV pictures of Jesus I stared out for hours during church that I still can't get rid of.
    Fruitcake? In a post-modern world?

    By Blogger mark, at 12/14/2005 08:12:00 AM  

  • We will see the LW&W on Saturday morning as a Christmas gift from our realtor. She rents the entire theatre once a year and invites past and present clients - PRO!

    peanut brittle: pro

    fruit cake: con (there is actually only one fruit cake on the planet, it gets passed around year to year.)

    shopping online: pro

    shopping at the mall: con
    No moola this year

    being at Grandma and Pa-Pa's house: pro - Being I am the Grandma!

    traveling to Lubbock: PRO
    (that is where the grandchild lives)

    Gift cards: PRO

    By Blogger Hoots Musings, at 12/14/2005 08:25:00 AM  

  • Mike-
    I was one of those "pre-order geeks" who received my copy of Tom Wright's new book from Amazon a couple of weeks ago. Thanks for introducing him to a wider audience. I am trying to discipline myself and finish 3 other books that are partially read before starting it. Currently I am on the preorder list for Eugene Peterson's volume #2 in his spiritual theology series; volume #1 was superlative!

    Fruitcake - pro, must be only enough cake to keep the fruit and nuts from falling apart
    Shopping online - PRO

    We listened to the audio book version of LW&W and Magician's Nephew while drive to Tyler and back for our son's wedding in November, so the book is fresh in our minds. Jackie has seen it and thought it was great. She will watch it again with me this week.

    By Blogger Leland & Jackie, at 12/14/2005 08:55:00 AM  

  • I'll just come out and admit it - I love fruitcake. Big Pro!
    Serena is right, Collin Street Bakery is awesome.

    By Blogger Arlene Kasselman, at 12/14/2005 09:30:00 AM  

  • Loved the movie! I thought the kid actors were perfect for their roles - and who won't like the beavers? Well done! Our church has rented a showing for this Saturday - many are bringing friends! What a great way to share the gospel.
    As to shopping - I'm one of those weird men who love to shop - online or otherwise!

    By Blogger Randy, at 12/14/2005 12:22:00 PM  

  • SG... Grant and I saw the movie (with the Copes) and my thought was that it was pretty scary. I think our 3rd grader would be fine and love it (has also read 4 Harry Potters and seen 3, but decided not to let him see #4 yet...) and we waited to let him see Star Wars #3 until it just came out on DVD. Our first grader might actually begin to scream at the sight of the real looking wolf/dogs (?) in LWW. (our 3 year old... no way!) Because of all those dynamics, I think we won't take them to the theater and we'll re-evaluate it once it's on DVD.

    By Blogger Amy Boone, at 12/14/2005 12:34:00 PM  

  • Just under 280 of us from Rochester Church saw it last Friday. We enjoyed LWW very much. I would take a 2nd grader to it.

    Fruitcake -- con. Related to too many.

    Travel -- pro

    Shopping online -- pro

    Shopping at the mall -- not between November and January

    Being with family -- I only see them when they're on COPS so....

    Merry Christmas!

    By Blogger PatrickMead, at 12/14/2005 01:45:00 PM  

  • Fruitcake scares me. It's in the same league as mincemeat. Does anyone know what it actually is?

    I'm sick right now, so:

    Nyquil: pro

    Chad taking the kids to church so I can stay home alone: deliriously pro

    By Blogger Deana Nall, at 12/14/2005 02:08:00 PM  

  • I'm so pro fruitcake I married one.

    By Blogger MarkS, at 12/14/2005 03:10:00 PM  

  • I'd like to say I'm against fruit cakes, but I know so many and have been called one so many times...

    I'm pro peanutbutter brittle...especially if it's lite on the nuts.

    I'm pro Christmas cookies that are frosted.

    I'm against mystery cookies that abound during this holiday season...they look like something in my back yard.

    I'm definitely pro Mike Cope. Merry Christmas, buddy.

    By Blogger Brandon Scott, at 12/14/2005 03:41:00 PM  

  • Will see LW&W this Sunday afternoon, God allowing my asthma to calm down by then, I will.

    peanut brittle: pro If made by my auntie dear.

    fruit cake: pro - especially if loaded with nuts and fruit. My mom didn't like the fruit. Her recipe called for pieces of gum drops in a very dark applesauce based cake. Yummmmm!!

    shopping online: pro

    shopping at the mall: con - no where, no time!

    being with family/relatives: VERY pro

    I'm an asphalt flower, ergo, no long distance driving for me. Plane, ship or train for traveling; car for errands within a 5 mile radius [church too]. LOL

    I've ordered Wright's book. Looking forward to it. Thanks for the recommendation, Mike!!!

    By Blogger Kathy, at 12/14/2005 05:40:00 PM  

  • ...and the trouble with NASCAR fans would be...

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12/14/2005 06:25:00 PM  

  • Reading Mike's blog: definitely a pro!!

    Having a 5-week break from school: Major pro!!

    Extra baby-sitting jobs because of the Christmas party season: also a huge pro

    Can't wait to see LW&W...we're going to try to squeeze it between baby-sitting jobs this weekend. I wish I could remember a really funny quote from an 8-yr-old at my work about the movie...it was hysterical and so typical of a boy his age...alas, I've slept since then.

    Also, Mike, I wanted to thank you for your message tonight on "O Little Town". It was very meaningful and appropriate for this holiday season at our church. Your words really hit home tonight, and I appreciate that.

    Having a huge spiritual family at Highland that loves me unconditionally: Humongous pro!!!
    Love you!

    By Blogger Heather A, at 12/14/2005 09:14:00 PM  

  • AMEN on N.T. Wright's quote.

    Wright's, 'Jesus and the Victory of God' is classic.

    Of course, the current controversy with the Bishops and Anglican church could decrease his writing total to an average.... 10,000 pages a month.

    Narnia movie= pro (even though Aslan was quite tame in the film)

    By Blogger WES, at 12/15/2005 01:10:00 PM  

  • Got to see Narnia yesterday with my 9-year-old daughter yesterday. I was wondering how she would take it and whether she would undersrand the message. I had tried to prepare her for the movie by explaining that it was a parable, kind of like the ones Jesus told. My eyes teared up when Edmund was freed from his sentence and Aslan took his place. My daughter leaned over to me and whispered "He's getting a second chance!" It still gives me shivers to think of that moment when she started to understand what Jesus did for us.

    By Blogger Joel Maners, at 12/16/2005 07:52:00 AM  

  • I took my girls to see Narnia last weekend and we had such a joyous time. So there was only one thing that frustrated me– Aslan. I think the movie really missed on Aslan’s character. The quote is true… Aslan is kind… but not tame. In this move, Aslan seemed tame. Too small. Too manageable. When he talked, I felt like I was at a puppet show. I think Lewis’ Aslan is much bigger, more wild, a blur.

    So how can a movie miss on the central character? In contrast, I thought the white witch (Tilda Swinton) was incredible. She was portrayed as one with limitations except in her cruelty.

    Do you think that we, as people, are more capable of creating a more believable evil than a believable good? If so, why?

    The question scares me a bit. It scares me to think, what we are capable of... and how much more “natural” it is to create hell than heaven on earth.

    And the only finger I’m pointing is in the direction of my own heart.

    By Blogger Walter, at 12/16/2005 09:03:00 AM  

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