Sunday, September 23, 2001

We Christians are told to love our enemies, and to pray for them. So, today, my church prayed for Osama bin Laden and the Taliban. We prayed that he would see the truth, and that he would be called to repent. It was bizarre, it was incomprehensible, and it was the right thing to do.

After that emotional experience, I spent the afternoon reading from the writings of N. T. Wright, a Christian theologian and apologist. He has quite a lot ot say, particularly about Jesus’ nature. For example, Jesus not only was a human being, but he still is. He didn’t just “go back to being God” after his resurrection. This spawns lots of many-legged implications.

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I also went to the first night of AWANA at McLean Bible, which went well. We had eleven kids in our group of fifth and sixth grade boys, and two and a half leaders (I’ll only be there every other week) should be able to handle that. I pray for one new kid, though: Collin, who unfortunately puts an enormous amount of faith in his intellect. He doesn’t seem to have grasped that whole “it is a gift of God, not of works” element of the Christian faith. And it’s very difficult for a person to give up that sense of mental superiority.

I was glad to see that Cartoon Network finally showed more Cowboy Bebop on Adult Swim at midnight. Tonight was Ballad of Fallen Angels, one of Bebop’s best episodes, but they skipped the next ep (the violent and disturbing Sympathy for the Devil), and instead showed the more comedic Heavy Metal Queen. Oddly, they did show the preview for Sympathy for the Devil, which is at the end of Ballad of Fallen Angels. Perhaps CN wants to point to the existence of episodes that they aren’t broadcasting.

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