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They rolled out the red carpet in Royal Oak, Michigan last Thursday evening with a world premiere of Hallmark Movie Channel’s, The Color of Rain, based on the NY Times Bestselling memoir of the same name (authored by Michael & Gina Spehn).
Guests were treated to a red carpet entrance, cocktails and hearty appetizers, followed by a screening of the movie. Afterward, a panel discussion Q & A session took place with the stars of the movie, Lacey Chabert and Warren Christie, as well as Michael & Gina Spehn and the executive producer, Dan Paulsen.
Noah, The Movie… Did you see it? Not see it? Love it or hate it? Lots of people talking about it. We will too on this week’s show. Comment below and we’ll include it on the air!
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The events that unfolded late last night are, once again, beyond comprehension.
Another crowd, another angry man with a gun, another body count.
We shake our heads. We say our prayers. We hug our kids a little tighter. And then we go back to normal.
Could it have been prevented? Hard to say. Likely not. JFK was once asked about the prospect of assasination. He said, “If someone is willing to trade their life for mine, I supposed in the end they probably can.”
It is mostly probable that this crazy man from San Diego would have killed a bunch of people no matter what. Yet a thought lingers…
Police now tell us that he was carrying 6,000 rounds of ammunition. That’s 6,000 bullets. 6,000.
They also inform us that the gun he was using in the Theater 9 was outfitted with a 100 round magazine. This is a mechanism that holds the bullets and automatically feeds them into the chamber so that they can be fired rapidly without reloading.
An angry man enters a crowded theater with an automatic weapon and 6,000 bullets that he can fire 100 at a time in less than 90 seconds without reloading.
Is this really what James Madison had in mind? Mmm.
There are of course legislative bills that have been introduced in an effort to reduce the number of bullets an individual can buy within a given period of time. There are bills that are awaiting votes right now that would limit the size of magazines, so that no one could simply fire 100 rounds at a time without stopping to reload. The current leadership of the House of Representatives will not let these bills come up for a vote. The NRA is one of the most influential lobbying groups in Washington and they don’t want the bills to become law.
When asked about this, the NRA spokesman Andrew Arulanandum said, “Members of the public should be allowed access to high-capacity magazines to protect themselves from attacks by armed mobs. When someone is being attacked by multiple people, it is only reasonable that they are given as much opportunity to defend themselves as they need.”
Attacks by armed mobs. Wow.
The thought that lingers, the one that just nags is this: How many people would have been saved last night if say after 10 shots, this maniac had to look down and reload, and maybe – just maybe – someone would’ve tackled him and stopped him? Or, at the very least, how many would’ve made it out the door? How many of those people would be at home right now instead of the morgue or the intensive care unit?
That’s gonna linger for a while.
Have you ever noticed that from toddler years on up that disagreement quickly escalates into dispute? Did you ever consider that this escalation happens without any training or encouragement? No parent that I know has ever sat down with their child and coached them like this. “No Billy, Henry is coming over to play. I want you to be prepared when he takes your toy fire truck and begins to play with it without your permission. I want you to quickly waddle over to him, crawl if necessary and yank the fire truck away. And if he resists, swat him, hold the toy close to your chest and say,’Mine!’” The ridiculousness of this parent-child coaching session illustrates the nature of our nature. Clearly we don’t have to be taught to dispute, to attack those who we perceive to threaten what we see as ours – not only our own things – but even our ideas, our perceptions. This has been more than obvious in recent years. People have taken to uncivil and unhealthy disputes that quickly escalate into personal attacks.
St. Paul address this when he wrote the Philippians (2.14) He says, “Do all things without grumbling or disputing.”
This command of St. Paul is followed by instructions of how to make this happen. He says, “…holding fast to the Word of life…” Dispute is diminished when our focus is on the gift of God within us, rather than responding to the evil inclination that is our reflex. This is the gift of God provided in the crucifixion and resurrection. By first receiving and then focusing on God’s mission, God’s work allows for dialogue rather than dispute; focusing on the issues rather than the person. It’s true that we don’t have to be taught to “dispute” but we can receive the “Word of life” that allows for interaction – even lively interaction – for the sake of the mission. For more information visit me at KarlGalik.com
There’s two kinds of waiting. The first can drive you crazy. The second can give you peace. The first kind can be a waste of time. The second kind of waiting is a great investment of time. The first kind of waiting is the kind that happens in traffic jams, at traffic lights and in long lines. This is the result of too many people in one place at one time. It usually has the effect of eating away at patience and raising things like blood pressure or anger levels. The second kind of waiting is actually designed to give you peace – not take it away. It’s actually a gift from God and not the result of overcrowding.
This is the waiting that St. Paul speaks of in Romans 8.25 “But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.”
The word that Paul uses for “wait” is a complex word in the original Greek language rich in nuance. It implies acceptance. It denotes a readiness to receive. It intricately weaves together a readiness to accept a gift from God with a sense of anticipation. This is the waiting the original 12 disciples had to learn on this Saturday after the crucifixion and before Easter. Jesus himself converted it by his appearance, his presence. The disciples gathered together in fear and frustration waiting to be prosecuted by the same people that executed Jesus. Instead Jesus appeared and their waiting was for more blessing, more courage, more power from God. In that appearance Jesus converted waiting from something that drives you crazy to something like waiting to open a gift. It’s a lot more like the child’s anticipation of Christmas morning and a lot less like long lines adults form to buy a ticket. In fact, waiting for God is now like waiting with God for the next good thing! That’s God’s idea of waiting. For more information visit me at KarlGalik.com
If you want to show your support for your favorite team, what would you do? Here in Gainesville, home of the Gators, it is not uncommon to observe a T-shirt sea of orange and blue in the stadium. It lets you know you’re playing in “The Swamp.” The color theme is carried through with cheerleaders waving orange and blue pom-poms, while shouting familiar Gator chants. In ancient middle East times, prior to T-shirts and pom-poms people still expressed their passionate support in pom-pom like fashion – only by waving readily available palm branches. As crowds would wave them, a moving sea of green leaves greeted conquering heroes. Their extended length served to exaggerate their enthusiasm. This is the nature of celebrating Palm Sunday as the first day of Holy Week. Instead of a crowded stadium, Jesus entered a crowded Jerusalem with a sea of enthusiastic fans waving palm branches and shouting out their support of Jesus. Why then in five days would Jesus discover jeering instead of cheering? First consider what you say after your team loses. It’s probably unkind. Superficial fans can be fickle. Secondly, consider that instead of the loyal fan base, the Good Friday crowd was of interest to religious leaders Jesus displaced by bringing his new commandment of loving each other as he had loved them. (John 13.34) Yes, although Palm Sunday gave way to Good Friday; cheering gave way to jeering, the last book of the Bible, Revelations provides this anticipated final celebration.
It says, “I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands…” (Revelation 7.9)
For more information visit me at KarlGalik.com