Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Things I have learned

As I should have expected, posting about Jesus while not being a practicing Christian myself has produced some well...I don't know what to call it, among my readers. Some irritation, some frustration, some honest attempts to fill in my gaping areas of knowledge. I am reminded of what a precarious thing religion is, and how, though I will always have trouble respecting, say, anyone who calls themselves a Christian but believes that gay people are an abomination, I have to admit that faith is personal--which actually I'm really groovy with. I start to tremble in my heathen boots when religion gets used like an axe or a fish-net, which seems kinda often to me.

And if you don't adhere to one of the major religions, or "traditions" as some prefer to call some of them, people tend to believe you have no spiritual life. That you don't believe in something greater than yourself. I think there needs to be a new term for people who believe that God is not in a form that can be understood so easily, or rather, God is in every form. God just IS everything. I so wish I was John Stewart right now. He'd have a great term.

I promise we'll get back to talking about writing again.



At 7:55 AM, Blogger Stephanie said...

Religions should be able to stand up to major questioning by insiders as well as outsiders. All you did was raise some interesting questions.

I've been thinking about why Jesus is so popular. I think that perhaps a bit more than other prophets he was ordinary and that makes him easy to relatable. And I don't mean ordinary in that he wasn't extraordinary, but he wasn't born to wealth or nobility as Buddha and Mohammad were. They had their own struggles, of course.

At 8:23 AM, Blogger Marcus Grimm said...

Stephanie brings up some great reasons why people defend Jesus in the blogosphere. It also goes without saying that he has a larger market share among cultures with high-speed Internet access.

Plus, he was a cool dude.

That being said, it amazes me how many "Christians" can comprehend a resurrection yet can't fathom tolerance.

PS - Love the view out of the new office.

At 10:06 AM, Blogger Ms. Lori said...

Jesus is just all right with me, Jesus is just all right, oh yeah...

Great, now that song'll be going through my head all damn day.

At 2:45 PM, Blogger Brad Renfro said...

Is there a time for keeping a distance
A time to turn your eyes away
Is there a time for keeping your head down
For getting on with your day

Is there a time for kohl and lipstick
A time for cutting hair
Is there a time for high street shopping
To find the right dress to wear

Here she comes
Heads turn around
Here she comes
To take her crown

Is there a time to walk for cover
A time for kiss and tell
Is there a time for different colors
Different names you find it hard to spell

Is there a time for first communion
A time for east 17
Is there a time to turn the mecca
Is there a time to be a beauty queen

Here she comes
Beauty plays the crown
Here she comes
Surreal in her crown

At 3:08 PM, Blogger Brad Renfro said...

Come to send
Not condescend
Transcendental consequence
Is to transcend, where we are
Who are we? Who we are

Trampled moss on your souls
Changes all, you're a part
Seen it all, not at all
Can't defend, fuck the man

Take me for a ride, Before we leave
Falling Fast
Guidin' winds
Off the track, in the mud
That's the moss, in the aforementioned verse

Just a little time, Before we leave

Stop light plays its part
So I would say you've got a heart
What's your part? Who you are
You are who, who you are

At 3:11 PM, Blogger Jordan E. Rosenfeld said...

Brad...thanks for your stimulating poems. Or are they songs?

I am sure they relate to the subject at hand somehow...?


At 3:16 PM, Blogger Brad Renfro said...

Naw babe, they're not poems. Lyrics. My agent suggested that I start checking out some of the blogs around because I'm up for a role of a writer and I guess this is what writers do? Hey, what the f do I know. Can we swear here? Anyway, I don't know why. Hey, he's an agent. BTW I like your pic. You got others?

At 8:57 AM, Blogger Jordan E. Rosenfeld said...


You're up for a "role" as a writer? I didn't know they "hired" writers. I thought writers just wrote.

Oh, and let me just ask my husband if he can sort through his favorite photos of me so i can hand them off to some stranger on the internet. No problem. Right.

At 10:11 AM, Blogger Brad Renfro said...

Um, well, yeah. I'm an actor, and I'm up for a role in which I'd play a writer. I mean producers and studios hire actors to play writers. Yeah. Like Seymour Hoffman playing Capote. Stuff like that. I'm up for a role of a writer who ends up writing himself into a room and can't get out. Literally. Like Seven. Some metaphysical type stuff and they think blog's the way to go. The producers I mean. Observing the blogs. I have no idea really what writers are like. Hey I know it must be kind of weird that I'm commenting on your sight and all but I've been instructed to do this. Get research. Like when DeNiro wiped the steering wheel of the bus a certain way for that part he had because the real life guy (the guy he based the character on) did it that way. That sort of thing. SO I'm sort of shadowing I guess a little bit. And I can't tell if you're serious about the pictures but if you could ask your husband and he wouldn't mind, that would be groovy.

At 10:41 AM, Blogger Jordan E. Rosenfeld said...

No, Renfro, I was being sarcastic about the photos. So now let me be direct: What sane, civilized, happily married person would do such a thing? Not me. So don't ask again.


At 11:58 AM, Blogger E. said...

But would you send them to me?

At 12:38 PM, Blogger Brad Renfro said...

Sorry about that babe. It's just something I do. Not ask for pics but it's just how I am. I like to know people, as an actor. I mean I have a cat and I ask him for his picture all the time. I like some of your views here. That's funny. What is? Cat. The view here. I say that because as I write this you should see the view out my window. Hollywood hills. Niiiiiiiice.

At 1:02 PM, Blogger clarkknowles said...

This E. character seem sketchy. Him sneak onto blog. Want me bash him with mastodon bone? Me will. me take care of Brad Renfro too. Him teeny bop pretty boy. You see him picture? What up wit dat?

At 1:06 PM, Blogger Brad Renfro said...

Yo, what's up cave dude? I don't know why you want to take that stance with me. And who is E? The guy from Entourage? Dude, I swear to god this is so strange. I was sitting here looking out at the view, we call them the Humps, and I swear to you I saw a kind of like Bigfoot type thing. It could be the mescalun salad I just ate, I don't know.

At 1:53 PM, Blogger Jordan E. Rosenfeld said...

You guys are carrying on just fine without me.

E. is the only one who gets pictures of me.

The rest of you...well...just carry on.


At 2:17 PM, Blogger J said...

Hey Brad, why don't you quit ripping off Bono's lyrics and trying to convince us that your some Hollywood bigshot who in reality is only two auditions away from being on Elimidate.


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