Archive for December 11th, 2005

Christmas-prayer rebuke ignites community uproar

Sunday, December 11th, 2005

I guess this guy gets a zero on the tact meter, and he sure is paying for it too.

In this season’s war over Christmas, a New York town supervisor who sharply rebuked a priest for invoking the name of Jesus during his traditional blessing of the community’s Christmas tree lighting learned the real meaning of holiday – the hard way.

Jon Kaiman, a supervisor from the community of North Hempstead, was sitting behind Rev. Nick Zientarski as the Roman Catholic priest blessed the annual event held last week at the Manhasset village green. Zientarski chose to use a Catholic blessing over “something generic,” saying that other faith traditions are represented each year, and because “this was a Christmas tree.”
But even as the words left his mouth, Zientarski said, he could hear Kaiman angrily objecting: “This is inappropriate.” Kaiman rose from his seat and addressed the 200 adults and children gathered there. “I just want to make it clear that this is in no way a religious ceremony,” he told the stunned crowd.

What was inappropriate was his inability to at least be tactful and at best realize that people are tired of the attack on Christmas. Read on…

“I have to tell you that Manhasset is in an uproar” Christine Roberts, who is Jewish and attended the ceremony with her two sons, told Newsday. “It really was the wrong thing to say at the wrong time. There is a lot of hostility going around. Angry letters to the editor of the local paper. Angry conversations. Insanity has absolutely overtaken this town.”
The owner of the local sporting goods store – and a parishioner at Zientarski’s St. Mary’s – vented his anger by e-mail at Kaiman’s “disrespectful” treatment of the minister: “Manhasset is a predominantly Christian town and it’s a conservative town. There’s a certain number of us who believe that if we’re celebrating Christmas, then call it Christmas and recognize that we’re celebrating the birth of Christ. And the event was billed as a Christmas tree lighting. Had it not been billed that way, I probably wouldn’t have gone.”
The uproar has gotten a stunned Kaiman’s attention. “I overreacted and handled the situation poorly,” he said. “I’m getting an education on this myself as I speak to a number of people in the community, and realize there really is a concern that the holiday is being diminished because people such as myself who gloss over the specific purpose of the holiday.” Kaiman has been issuing numerous apologies since the blow-up – at a local public meeting, in a letter to the editor of the local paper and to the priest.

But of course the Christian will do the correct thing and offer this misguided person forgivness.

Zientarski said he’s accepted Kaiman’s apology and sent out an e-mail to parishioners noting Kaiman’s efforts to resolve the problem. “He definitely recognizes the offense he committed and he’s truly sorry,” the priest said. “As Catholics, we want to offer forgiveness and give people a second chance.”
Zientarski, surprised to have been thrown into this season’s culture war over Christmas, is overwhelmed by the support he’s received. “Between yesterday and today, I’ve gotten 150 to 200 e-mails personally to me, all of it expressing support. And it’s not just Catholics. I’ve heard from Jews, Greeks, people from other Christian denominations.”
Now he’s encouraging the parishioners on his e-mail list to join the effort to reclaim the Christian holiday. “Call your stores and encourage them to say, ‘Merry Christmas’ (and Happy Hannukah too),” he wrote. “Look for those Nativity scenes! We should all be proud to be Christians who believe in the Lord, Our Savior, and we should encourage ALL faiths to be people of ‘faith,’ not ‘holidays’ and the secular.”

New NBC show stars Jesus, pill-popping priest

Sunday, December 11th, 2005

There is no end to the lengths the media will go to in order marginalize Jesus and Christians. NBC’s ‘Book of Daniel’ will have a pill-popping Episcopal priest and a hip Christ. I can only imagine how bad this series is going to be. Read more from the WorldNetDaily below.

NBC has begun promoting a new weekly show in January that centers around a troubled, pill-popping Episcopal priest played by veteran actor Aidan Quinn, who talks with a manifestation of Jesus, played by Garret Dillahunt.
“The Book of Daniel” is being touted as the riskiest new show of the year. It is also billed as the only show on television in which Jesus appears as a recurring character.
It’s a drama with comedic aspects and is being kicked off Jan. 6 with back-to-back episodes. It is scheduled to air regularly Friday nights at 9 p.m. The cast also includes Ellen Burstyn and Susanna Thompson.
As NBC itself explains the show, it focuses on “an Episcopalian minister and father. He finds himself conversing with Jesus — his mentor and friend — who helps navigate family problems, church politics and even his nagging reliance on prescription painkillers.”
Comedienne Phyllis Diller plays a member of Daniel Webster’s flock.
Garret Dillahunt
NBC executives have been excited about “The Book of Daniel” for a long time, though the show failed to make its fall lineup. Dillahunt is said to play a “hip, modern Jesus.”
“This challenging new series is our first announced drama for midseason as we continue to seek different out-of-the-box projects,” NBC Entertainment President Kevin Reilly told the Hollywood Reporter.

A Review of “The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe”

Sunday, December 11th, 2005

My friends, the Rast’s over at The Scriptorium, were able to see The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe over the weekend. Here are their comments:

The MGM lion has nothing on Aslan the lion. Those of us who have a fondness for C.S. Lewis’ “Chronicles of Narnia” series have looked forward to the big screen adaptation of “The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe” with excitement and trepidation. Excitement at the possibility of a well-done movie, and trepidation that the gospel allegory may end up being “Hollywooded” right out of the movie. Jen and I, and our niece Sarah just returned from an opening night showing, and we were NOT disappointed!
For fans of the books, this movie will please in how well it adheres to the story. Unlike many other big screen adaptations of popular books, it is apparent that faithfulness to Lewis’ book was important. The changes are miniscule in nature, and only serve to make it a more powerful movie. None of the slight changes detract from the content of the story. And while we were worried that the gospel allegories would be hidden, they definitely were not.
The special effects were powerful, the acting delightful, and the score was moving. There were many young children in the theater with us. Some were a bit disturbed during some of the battle sequences, and during the death of Aslan. However, the scenes succeed at avoiding gore, and Aslan’s resurrection was an occasion for much cheering and clapping. Nevertheless, parents should use their best judgement when bringing their youngest children. This was truly the best movie we’ve seen in some time. We highly recommend it.

It is so good to see that they (Disney) for once didn’t slant a movie to the left.

Third Sunday in Advent

Sunday, December 11th, 2005

Matthew 1:19-24 New International Version (NIV)

The Birth of Jesus Christ

19 Because Joseph her husband was a righteous man and did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly.
20 But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. 21 She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus,[
a] because he will save his people from their sins.”
22 All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: 23 “The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel”[
b]—which means, “God with us.”
24 When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife.

Footnotes:
Matthew 1:21 Jesus is the Greek form of Joshua, which means the LORD saves.
Matthew 1:23 Isaiah 7:14