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If the Bibliobloggers were the Cast of NBC's Community

For those of you who live in a cage, there is a line up on NBC Thursday nights that is pretty hard not to pass up. Included in the bunch are three excellent mockumentaries, Parks and Rec; The Office, and last Community.  Parks and Rec is a spoof of a city-hall in Pawnee, Indiana; The Office, well an office for Dunder Mifflin Paper company, while Community is a show about a “study group” at a community college.  So the other day, I dreamed that I was Jeff Winger, the leader of  the study group, oh and he is also the cool one.

Jeff Winger (the cool one)

So, I was thinking, what if the Bibliobloggers were the study group from Community. Who would be who?

Chad from here at Political Jesus: Fat Neil, because Neil’s life revolves around going to school to school and playing Dungeons and Dragons.

Fat Neil

The fellas over at Near Emmaus: Senor Chang, because he has multiple personalities; sometimes when you read their blog, you see something about the Bible, and then another thing about that Heretic Eugene Peterson, or that one guy Karl Barth Simpson.

Senor Chang

Joel L. Watts of Unsettled Christianity: Abed Nadir, much like Joel, Abed is unsettled in his Christian faith even though he is a Muslim ( he still loves the Jesus). Unable to communicate with 0thers outside of movie references, Abed and Joel make the perfect match. Beside, I mean, Joel denying the Trinity and all, nothing much to separate him from a Jesus-loving Muslim like Abed. What? Did I say that? Oh!

Abed? Or Joel?

Bitsy Griffin of Jack of All Trades: Shirley Bennett. Poor Shirley, the whole gang disappoints her because they offend her good Christian lifestyle. Much like the fans of Wake Forest sports disappoint poor Bitsy. Ahhhh. 🙁

Shirley Bennett. Praise Jesus!

Lastly, Jeremy Thompson of Free Old Testament Audio: Star Burns? Who is Star Burns? A picture says a thousand words.

Star Burns or Jeremy?

I could go on and on, but these are the bloggers I like the most to have in a study group, I mean, if I did have to go to Greendale Community College.

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What If the Bibliobloggers Were Professional Wrestlers?

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Ladies and Gentleman. Boys and Girls. For tonight’s event, we have in each corner BIBLIOBLOGGERS who want to be wrestlers. And in one corner, from Fort Worth Texas, it’s the Dynamic Duo from Political Jesus, Chad “The Optymyst” and Rodney “The Black Rain” Thomas. [crowd goes wild, screaming, ‘Frak ya, PJ!’].

Challenging the Tag Team champions of the world are:

1. Brian “Blind Jesus” LePort and Mark “Cricket Chunder” Stevens: Well, as authors of a blog dedicated to a group of people who cannot see Jesus if he stood right next to them, Brian’s name makes perfect sense. Mark’s current interest in American Football has lead him to become anti-cricket, so there you have it, cricket makes him vomit every time he sees a score update.  It’s a sickening sport anyways.

2. Roland “the Sausage” Boer & Alasdair “UFO” Maclagan: In wrestling, sometimes the league likes to pair up two men who have absolutely nothing in common and who have a bad working relaitonship; Alasdair and Boer are no exception. Roland is famous working as a part-time deli worker at your local Kroger‘s grocery store.

3. James “the Mad Scientist McGrath” & Mark “Sushi Q” Goodacre: Mark loves sushi and Q [Sushi Q also happens to be one of the best restaurants in Fort Worth too], so its the perfect nickname while James is still angry SyFy cancelled Stargate-Universe.

4. Jeremy “Diss Network” Thompson & Joel “Polyester” Watts: Jeremy goes out of his way to disrespect Joel, the grand Protestant tradition, and anyone who does not root for the New Orleans Aints [whoops], but that’s not the reason for this nickname. Like Dish Network his namesake, Jeremy is just plain evil and uncool. This name has nothing to do with him tweeting all the time about his disseration. Not at all. But at least Jeremy is not as lame as Joel, whose secret wrestling move is to make people stare at his mismatched polyester Hawaiian shirt and pants.

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Brian LePort on Why He (Personally) Reads C.S. Lewis

Yesterday, I linked to two posts here and here that suggested that Christians, especially evangelicals, read Clive Staples Lewis with a critical gaze.

Yesterday as well, Brian LePort even commented that,

“Lewis has mistakenly been used as a sort of “Bible answer man”. This is not the best way to approach him. Rather, I think he is a worthy dialogue partner and one who spurns the imagination. Also, he provides a good example of lay contribution in that it doesn’t always have to be the professional scholars that give the answers.”

Today, LePort has written post on the five reasons why he personally reads C.S. Lewis, as opposed to, you know, reading his work in public, something like a dirty little secret.

While I can see why Lewis would have an appeal to so many Christians, including PJ’s very own Optymyst. However, I think I take issue with excusing Lewis’s lack of historical accuracy, especially when it comes to the peace witness of the early Church in the name of saying “well he was a product of his time.”  Certainly there were Quakers and pacifists in his day, and even one Congresswoman I believe who voted against both World Wars, so there  existed an alternative perspective.  Just because the majority believes something is necessary (say, war), does not make it so. Yes, we can understand a person in their context, and that is truly a good thing; but there is another case of the facts, and for a person to eschew the facts (in this case, Lewis’s use of the patristics to justify his just war position), and for that, Lewis should not get off scot-free.

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