The Blog of Darryl Dash

This blog is about how Jesus changes everything. He changes:

Our relationship with God

Our relationship with others

Our vocations - how we live and work in this world

Our ministries

This blog exists to explore some of the ways that Jesus changes everything. It provides resources and articles that will help you think about the ways that Jesus can change every part of your life.

The Lord himself invites you to a conference concerning your immediate and endless happiness, and He would not have done this if He did not mean well toward you. Do not refuse the Lord Jesus who knocks at your door; for He knocks with a hand which was nailed to the tree for such as you are. Since His only and sole object is your good, incline your ear and come to Him. Hearken diligently, and let the good word sink into your soul. (C.H. Spurgeon, All of Grace)

I don't think he liked it

Michael Coren on The Passion: "Hideous, stupid and barbaric"
This is some pre-Vatican II Roman Catholic blood cult. It is populated with medieval-type caricatures, screaming out of context, laughing at suffering. Everyone is gruesome and grotesque, apart from a handful of people such as the Virgin Mary, Mary Magdalene and the apostle John. Mary, by the way, is hardly off of the screen, when in fact she is seldom mentioned in the Gospel accounts... I wanted majesty and pathos but was given clumsiness and thumping. Yet God's grace and His love still surround me. If the movie works for you, I am happy. For me, it is prayer, Bible and a dwelling in a God-given imagination that this hyped Hollywood product can never rival.

Civilization = broadband; Advanced civilization = wifi

I'm in Boston starting Sunday for two weeks for the first residency of my D.Min. On a whim, I phoned the hotel today to check that they had broadband. In my mind, this is like asking a hotel if their rooms come with beds and running water. Why wouldn't a hotel have broadband? What kind of joint wouldn't? I found out that they don't have broadband now, but it's being installed Saturday. If all goes well, it will be up and running by the time I arrive on Sunday. If all doesn't go well...

Stop splitting

I tend to agree with this point:
The church, some insist, is not some mere voluntary arrangement that we can abandon just because we do not happen to like some of the other people in the group. God calls us to the church, and that means that God requires that we hang in there with each other, even if that goes against our natural inclinations. I agree with that formulation.
It always amazes me that my tribe thinks they have the luxury of splitting over secondary issues. If we're the church, what exactly do we think we're splitting? Worth thinking about. (Found through Jordon from whom all good links flow)

Ebert on The Passion

From The Sun Times:
If it does nothing else, Gibson's film will break the tradition of turning Jesus and his disciples into neat, clean, well-barbered middle-class businessmen. They were poor men in a poor land... I myself am no longer religious in the sense that a long-ago altar boy thought he should be, but I can respond to the power of belief whether I agree or not, and when I find it in a film, I must respect it.
Ebert also calls the film the most violent he's ever seen. A summary of reviews, along with links, can be found at Metacritic (which called it The Passion of Mel Gibson on its homepage). It's fair to say that the reviews are polarized.