Monthly Archives: October 2009

pics may be worth a thousand words but words are the starting point for understanding

This is a great post from a friend of mine, Tad. I love his desire to clear up confusion by posting what he means when he uses certain terms. I might have a different definition/understanding of some of his terms and that’s the point of it all; to understand Tad’s message I need to understand his starting point for a term he is using.

Words are extremely valuable and I’m a huge proponent of us (collective us) being more intentional about the words we use. ( awfully delayed…about that word awful… ) There is alot of truth in the cliche saying, “Say what you mean, mean what you say.”  And if you don’t understand what someone is trying to communicate just ask so you don’t misunderstand what is being communicated.

Read Tad’s post and his blog.

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Posted by on October 6, 2009 in theology


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midrash film night – “Capitalism, A Love Story”

I stole this from Eikon’s blog b/c I didn’t have a chance to write up something as succinct as Ryan and he can do snazzier graphics b/c he has a mac and I’m merely a pc user.  My next post will be why the mac subculture considers themselves godlike; but until then enjoy this post from a near-god Ryan.  😉

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midrash film night presents michael moore’s capitalism: a love story Posted by Ryan Byrd

10.05.2009 7:31 pm     FILED UNDER announcements, culture, events, gatherings, movies Bookmark and Share

michael moore capitalism

i’m excited to announce the next midrash event—a film night—in which we will be viewing and discussing michael moore’s latest film, capitalism: a love story.

whether you love him or hate, moore keenly understands how to make a movie that demands lengthy discussion and hearty debate. in this movie, moore asks tough questions about our nation’s economic system and also proposes that some people hold capitalism in the same regards, if not higher, than their religion. considering moore’s other movies—sicko, fahrenheit 9/11 and bowling for columbine—this promises to be a very compelling movie.

interestingly, this movie has an even more compelling—theologically speaking—subplot than other moore films. apparently moore delves into matters of religion in the movie, asking whether or not capitalism is a sin. in a recent column on the huffington post, moore writes directly to “those of you on your way to church this morning”, saying,

I have come to believe that there is no getting around the fact that capitalism is opposite everything that Jesus (and Moses and Mohammed and Buddha) taught. All the great religions are clear about one thing: It is evil to take the majority of the pie and leave what’s left for everyone to fight over. Jesus said that the rich man would have a very hard time getting into heaven. He told us that we had to be our brother’s and sister’s keepers and that the riches that did exist were to be divided fairly. He said that if you failed to house the homeless and feed the hungry, you’d have a hard time finding the pin code to the pearly gates.

so, this is sure to be a good conversation that should warrant insights into both theology and politics. here’s a few quick details.

we’ll gather at market street cinema this wednesday, october 7 where the movie starts at 7 p.m. (of course, you’ll want to get there a few minutes early to grab a cold beverage). it lasts a little over 2 hours and at its conclusion, we’ll head over a couple blocks to java roasting company to discuss what we’ve seen.

this should be a movie fit perfectly for a midrash film night, so don’t miss it! and invite a friend! see you there.

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Posted by on October 6, 2009 in politics, theology


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100% correct?…well, I’m screwed…

Here’s a great post by McLaren.  I also love the poem at the end which is written by C.S. Lewis. great stuff….

McLaren\’s blog

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Posted by on October 5, 2009 in theology


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You’re invited to EIKON’S a day at the park

you’re invited: EIKON’s a day at the park Posted by Ryan Byrd

09.23.2009 9:32 am     FILED UNDER announcements, events, food, gatherings Bookmark and Share

eikon's a day at the park

i’m excited to invite you guys to EIKON’s a day at the park on sunday, october 4! we’ll gather at noon at murray park (map below) for lunch and an opportunity to hang out and meet some new people.

one of the things we want to do in these early days—without a regular weekly meeting space—is to balance our not-so-kid friendly gatherings with those that are conducive to children. whereas our last couple gatherings have been at places that didn’t allow for a lot of family interaction, our day at the park should be a great chance for people—whether you have kids or not—to be able to enjoy a much more relaxed atmosphere with no agenda other than to get to know some people, eat great food and maybe play a game or two of volleyball.

we’d love to make this a shared experience, so we’re asking for your help! while we could leave ryan in charge of bringing food, we’d probably end up eating a pile of totino’s pizzas and cheez-its… i think we’d all prefer maybe something a little more…

so, we’ve compiled a list of food and related items that we’ll need for lunch. we’re going to have sandwiches and a fairly light meal. we’ll take care of the main essentials, but we need your help with the rest of it. if you see one or two things on the list that you’d like to make/bring, then make sure to fill out the form below with your choices. as soon as we receive your form, we’ll update the list by marking out the taken items. if you want to bring something that isn’t listed here, there’s a space on the form for that as well. so, here’s the list:

Condiments: Ketchup, Mustard, Mayo
Trimmings: Lettuce, Tomato, Onion, Pickles, etc.
1 Side dish
1 Side dish
1 Side dish
2 Bags of Chips
2 Bags of Chips
1 Desert
3 2-Liter Soft Drinks
1 Other Drinks (Tea, Juice, etc.)
1 Bottle Water
Plates & Napkins
Forks, Spoons, Knives
Cups & Ice (in cooler)

in addition to food, if you have any kind of games or recreational equipment, feel free to bring it. of course, we’re always concerned with safety first, so make sure to bring out your jarts or maybe your old “name that lead paint chip” board game… we’ll be in pavilion 4, which is directly in front of the playground, but it’s never a bad idea to bring some extra games or sports equipment.

alright, we hope to see you on october 4th. spread the word. this is a great time to invite some friends.

where’s murray park? find out here.

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Posted by on October 2, 2009 in theology


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Midrash, Film Night

One of the nation’s, if not world’s, most provocative movie producers is touching an extremely volatile third rail in his newest movie,  \”Capitalsm, A Love Story\”.

In this movie Moore asks tough questions about our nation’s economic system and also proposes that some people hold capitalism in the same regards, if not higher, than their religion. Considering Moore’s other movies (“Sicko”, “Fahrenheit 9/11”, and “Bowling For Columbine”) this promises to be a very compelling movie.

How important is capitalism to you? How important is capitalism to our nation? Should capitalism be the economic system of our nation? How does capitalism affect our religious beliefs? Can you be a Christian and be a capitalist?  These questions and others will be discussed when we get together after the movie.

The exact start time for the evening is not officially set yet because Market Street Cinema has not released the show times for the movie. The plan is to watch the movie and then discuss it as a group afterward. We’ll either discuss the movie in Market Street Cinema or mosey a couple blocks east to Java Roasting Company.  Check out the blog for when we’ll meet at Market Street Cinema.

Come on out, grab a brew (yes, Market Street Cinema serves wine and beer!), share your view, and lend an ear to others’.

How Important is Capitalism To You?

How Important is Capitalism To You?

…midrash, commentary on culture

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Posted by on October 1, 2009 in politics, theology


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