Saturday, September 18, 2021

some music from Trio Raltchenitza

Because we all need more chamber music for flute, accordion and guitar in our lives. :)
the line-up is:
Petar Ralchev - accordeon Mie Ogura - flute Atanas Ourkouzounov - guitar

Whenever this trio should put an album ... I am so getting it.

Nikita Koshkin: Prelude and Fugue in C major performed by Thodoris Theodoroudis

I wrote an analysis of Prelude and Fugue in C major back in early 2020 and it's a lovely piece that is worth hearing, lately performed by Thodoris Theodoroudis.

Freddie DeBoer says the original The Matrix is pretty bad, Ross Douthat dissents ... but pretty "good" or "bad" at what, exactly? Anime and Hong Kong action cinema that a lot of Americans hadn't seen much of in `99 so ...

While if you've ever read deBoer on film his take is unsurprising what is surprising is that he takes aim at the dated style and the murky substance of The Matrix without really saying what it was pretty bad at.  If you want to check out what he wrote head over here.

Ross Douthat dissents and argues that The Matrix is ultimately a kind of Gnostic take on metaphysics.  That's ... something I'd expect Douthat to argue.

I enjoyed the first film but found the rest of the films aggravating bores.  The third film annoyed me so much that, when Archer aired and I'd soaked up that show's dialogue a bit, I recast the final encounter between Agent Smith and Neo as a disagreement between Lana Kane and Sterling Archer.

Agent Smith/Kane:  Why do you persist!?

Neo/Archer:  Because I choose to(?).

Agent Smith/Kane: First of all, "Because I choose to" is not a real reason. Second, whatever the reason is for you to say "Because I choose to" is the actual reason, so what is it?

Neo/Archer: Well, uh, because I'm offering to make a deal with the machines in which I sacrifice myself on the basis of a model of propitiation or atonement that the machine world either shouldn't even know of or care about (lifts finger) ... but which is supposed to be an profoundly cathartic and emotionally satisfactory ending for the audience.

Agent Smith/Kane: [sighs] That's a stupid reason ... but at least it's a reason. 

That line, "Because I choose to" is the ultimate failure of the sequels. 

Thursday, September 16, 2021

sometimes ... (a haiku)

"Come On Eileen" sounds
like The Cure covered a song
by Village People

side note ... I'm going to see about having a score for the analysis of Op. 31 No. 2 in A minor (let the reader understand) later this upcoming weekend. It's been a while since we've gotten back to music stuff. 

Monday, September 13, 2021

once again we must report drawing upon published materials by and about Mark Driscoll that have gotten purged, Carey Nieuwhof's CNLP_328 vanished some time after CT started its podcast

It is likely a coincidence but it is a coincidence nonetheless worth observing that Carey Nieuwhof's interview with Mark Driscoll from early 2020 discussing Win Your War has vanished. I drew upon that material for an extended series analyzing public statements by former Mars Hill executive elders Mark Driscoll, Dave Bruskas and Sutton Turner across 2020 back in October 2020.

Back then the following link worked
and it was plugged at Facebook
and Twitter 
But now ...


The old transcript is still, for some reason accessible 
but if you click on a link to go to the newer transcript at it's an expired link
The last time the CNLP_328 was accessible and also tracked by The Wayback Machine was June 8, 2021.

Nieuwhof even noted that the Driscoll episode from early 2020 was among the top 10 episodes most listened to in 2020 at his site.

The teaser for the Christianity Today podcast The Rise and Fall of Mars Hill hit the net on May 27, 2021

Episode 1 dropped June 21, 2021.

Has anyone read or heard word of why CNLP_328 got scrubbed?  If Carey Nieuwhof and associates have an explanation for why the episode get pulled that would be interesting to learn.

Sunday, September 12, 2021

The double standards of vulnerability in Mark Driscoll’s spiritual warfare teachings--more thoughts on Episode 8 of The Rise and Fall of Mars Hill

Of necessity a podcast can only be so long.  Mike Cosper recently alluded to Mark Driscoll regarding women who wanted to befriend his wife as threats, without necessarily quoting Driscoll directly in Episode 8 of The Rise and Fall of Mars Hill. 

For those who want to know what Cosper was alluding to, here you go:

On Episode 8, “Demon Hunting” of The Rise and Fall of Mars Hill, disputing that Driscoll’s early influences on spiritual warfare were charismatic by way of his copious statements to the show otherwise


Well, there is something I should probably get out of the way about Episode 8 up front. It would be easy to take as given the statement that Mark Driscoll’s approach to spiritual warfare was influenced by charismatic theology. The trouble is that Driscoll didn’t identify as charismatic in any formal or affiliated way during his Mars Hill years. In 2001 or 2002 he said in person he leaned more cessationist than charismatic and he told me that.  As in at one point I had dinner with Mark Driscoll and told him I’m a continuationist, if a very, very cautious one and he said he leaned cessationist but there were continuationists whose work he liked such as Wayne Grudem and Gordon Fee.  I’ve liked a few of Gordon Fee’s books but I grew up Assemblies of God. 

In other words, what I'm about to do in arguing that Cosper and company fell short is based on my having been a member of Mars Hill and having had actual exchanges with Mark in the 2000-2004 period of Mars Hill where my continuationist background and stance was known and Mark and I compared notes on things in a period where he has since revealed his convictions shifted. I.e. I'm about to point out that it's not especially accurate to describe Driscoll getting his ideas from charismatic theology if you know anything at all about his history and reading habits from the 1999 through 2004 period.

Justin Dean’s first day on the job at the former Mars Hill Church and a sense of glorious purpose in his book PR Matters

Something Justin Dean has clarified via Twitter recently is that he decided he would not talk with Mike Cosper for Christianity Today’s podcast series The Rise and Fall of Mars Hill. Dean objects to Cosper’s take on the “How Dare You” sermon suggesting that no man’s life seemed to be changed and that, far from a spontaneous outburst, the moment was planned and executed in the same way in all versions of the sermon. Dean has said that if Cosper couldn’t find any man whose life was changed by that sermon he wasn’t looking.
Now perhaps Cosper was trying to make a point that didn’t come across, a point that I have made explicit in suggesting that Mark Driscoll’s “Pussified Nation” could be seen as agitation propaganda while Dead Men and the mens’ boot camps from the 2000-2001 era could be viewed as integration propaganda. I have, of course, made some extensive use of Jacques Ellul’s book Propaganda as a way to think about the William Wallace II era. I have argued that Mark Driscoll should be understood not so much as a pastor but as a propagandist. I will quote Ellul’s warning about Christians using propaganda techniques to disseminate Christianity as a preface to looking at some statements Justin Dean has made in his book PR Matters (which I have reviewed in a three-part series of posts here, here and here).