Monday, December 12, 2005

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Voting will begin today after we finish compiling all the nominations.

Thanks to StillThinking, the voting process is now going to be automated. This short-term delay will make it easier to vote. We're getting very close to being done. Thanks for your patience.

UPDATE: Due to some internet problems, voting has been delayed. We are just doing final edits and checking links. We're hoping to still get the nominations posted today, but with the internet you're never sure!

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While your're waiting here are some interesting reads.

Blacks turning to homeschooling.

From the New York Times

The move toward home schooling, advocates say, reflects a wider desire among families of all races to guide their children's religious upbringing, but it also reflects concerns about other issues like substandard schools and the preservation of cultural heritage.

I think this is a growing trend. Many that I talk to think it is still illegal to homeschool. As this misinformaiton is cleared up, more and more will look at the homeschooling option. Living around the Detroit area, I have met quite a few blacks who homeschool. And they are doing quite well. (HT: Joanne Jacobs)

The Christmas Box

If you read only one book as a Christmas read aloud make it the Christmas Box. This book presents a perspective on Christmas that busy families especially fathers ought to read. I highly recommend it.

Why December 25th?

Do Christmas and December 25th really have anything to do with each other? World Magazine had an interesting article in their magazine explaining the significance of the date. He presents some historical information that I didn't know. In the end he comes to the conlcusion,

Regardless of whether this was Christ's actual birthday, the symbolism works.
And Christ's birth is inextricably linked to His resurrection.

Narnia

Thanks to all who expressed their thoughts on Narnia. It was a good discussion and I learned a lot. Time will tell if the "teach Disney" strategy will work. I have heard from a few friends that saw the movie that they noticed that the role of Aslan was minimized in favor of the children. Christian movie critic Ted Baehr who reviewed Narnia very favorably saw it as well.

"Finally, the resurrection romp with Aslan, Lucy and Susan has also been eliminated, and the movie focuses more on the children being the solution to the evil in Narnia when in fact the victory is Aslan's, and the children, just like we are in our world, are more than conquerors because they are heirs to the victory that Aslan wins on the stone table, and Jesus Christ won on the cross.

"Again, however, these changes are subtle, with a little more emphasis on the Creation rather than the Creator. Even so, you have to be very close to the book and very theologically astute to notice the changes.

I must have very theologically astute friends. Amy at Amy Loves Books must be as well because she caught the change. She commented how no one in the theatre had any emotion when Aslan died.

I think I've realized what the problem is. The movie is not really about Aslan at all; it is about the children. As you watch, you get the message that the children are the important thing. The witch wants to kill the children, the beavers must take the children to Aslan. There is never any sense that the children need Aslan - it's as if Aslan needs the children. Aslan's sacrifice is cheapened.

I remember the emotion of the book as well. So now I'm curious, did those who viewed the movie sense the importance and emotion in the death of Aslan? Or did you think it was more about the children's doing as Amy and Ted Baehr did?

(Thanks to Tulip Girl for pointing me to Amy's review)

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