TRAILERS: FLOW, REAL TIME

August 29, 2008

FLOW – Ryan and I typically try not to contribute to the bottled water industry; use a filter on our tap water and we just get cups of water at cafes (not bottles); but this is still a scary prospect.

REAL TIME – I think we can see the punchline coming from a mile away; but that still doesn’t mean this little indie won’t pack a solid, er… punch!

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ORU LAWSUIT: HUDDLESTON HEARING HELD UP

August 29, 2008

According to my new favourite last name, one of ORU’s lawyers was sick this morning, and the hearing was postponed.  Two key quotes:

A new date has not been set for Trent Huddleston’s the case against ORU and its leaders, originally filed in November.

And, regarding enrollment:

ORU announced preliminary fall enrollment figures Friday, showing a decline of about 3 percent, or less than 100 students, from this time last year. The university hosts about 3,000 students.


TRAILER

August 29, 2008

This could just as easily have been titled:

AUDACIOUS DOCUMENTARY MOVIE

(from the dudes who brought you Scary Movie)

But it wasn’t.


INSTRUCTABLES

August 28, 2008

This website is the world’s biggest show and tell.  According to them.  On this site you can learn neat things like “How to Build A Solar-Powered Trike” and “Canning Dilly Green Bean Pickles.”  They even have neat contests to keep people motivated.  It seems like they’re really into “green” ideas – which is cool.  So many neat ideas!!  I could explore for hours!


ORU LAWSUIT: THE NEW SCHOOL YEAR BEGINS

August 28, 2008

Here’s a few random links:

  1. A poorly shot, yet still interesting, video from “Media Day.”  Stay tuned afterward to learn about bird diets.  J/K.  It’s a link from this article in The Oklahoman.
  2. There’s room for 800 more students, according to K. Flasch.
  3. Muchmore quotes from ORU leaders about the new school year in her TulsaWorld article.  Key quote:

Fagin told listeners at the chapel Friday that the university plans to have a new president in place by next summer. A search committee, with the help of a consultant, has received 100 applications and is narrowing the list. The final candidates will visit the campus, and the trustees will decide who is offered the job.

“A word of warning to whoever he or she may be: You better hit the ground running,” Fagin said. “We’re not in maintenance mode. This place is moving on all fronts.”

Seems like things are moving forward positively for ORU.


PURPLE FLOWERS

August 27, 2008

…from Trader Joe’s make me happy.  Only $4.49!


OBAMA VS DOBSON

August 25, 2008

A while ago, when Ryan made me aware of Dr. James Dobson’s remarks about a speech Barack Obama gave back in 2006 entitled A Call To Renewal, I listened Dr. Dobson’s radio broadcast here and then I watched Obama’s entire speech (at the links here).

Dr. James DobsonWhile I may disagree with Dr. Dobson’s take on Obama’s statements, I must “be willing to speak in fair-minded terms.”* And so I’ve carefully removed from this post any statements I’d like to make about how Dr. Dobson could possibly be “using faith as a tool of attack.”*

People in public service have a duty to find balance between their personal beliefs as an individual and their constituency’s beliefs as a community. Otherwise, it’s not a democracy; it’s a monarchy. Regardless of our religious affiliations, it is impossible for mankind to always agree implicitly and wholly with others within his or or community. Even within this nations’ church communities, individuals need to find balance between the “beliefs of each and the good of the whole.”*

Those in public office have a duty to engage with what Obama calls a pluristic society. Just like those of us writing screenplays will write better, more authentic and accessible stories when we include more than our own point of view, those in public office must find balance.

But this prescription is not for everyone. Those who do not find themselves in a public forum, while they must balance their individual beliefs with the community consensus in order to find peace (think local church or community center), they should feel quite free to engage in peaceful activities that promote those views to which they hold most strongly. There is a season for everything. A season to fight and a season to reason together.

My strong hope is that Christians would not fear Obama (or McCain for that matter), tolerance, balanced discussion or even their Muslim neighbour; but that Christians would rationally think and humbly pray about what it means to make a loving choice in response to the dissonance and pluralism in this world. The Bible says “seek first the kingdom,” not “defend first the kingdom.” The kingdom is capable of defending itself. Ours is to love and obey God, and to love our neighbour as we love ourselves.

* All quotes from Barack Obama’s speech in 2006 entitled A Call To Renewal.