Friday, June 26, 2015

Shoeless Katie

Katie Boom with Alan Vink in Wellington
While in New Zealand traveling with Alan Vink of Willow Creek New Zealand I had the great pleasure to meet Katie Boom, who has been going shoeless for more than two years, raising awareness and funds to help kids get to school in Cambodia.

Her blog is

Katie's an amazing person going shoeless in "chully" New Zealand with a heart for the most vulnerable.

She says that with such complex problems in the world "We need all types!" So true. 

If you can support Katie's cause – go for it! 

Monday, June 8, 2015

Philip Adams on Violence in Mad Max

While reading Philip Adams despairing rage against cinema violence  – and he's not wrong! –  I was reminded of the words of polymath David Goldman, commenting on the rise and rise of horror in films:
"If you do not believe in God, you will believe in anything, to misquote G.K. Chesterton; and, one might add, if you do not feel God’s presence, you will become desperate to feel anything at all. Terror and horror create at least some kind of feeling. After pornography has jaded the capacity to feel pleasure, what remains is the capacity to feel fear and pain."
It's an irony that Adams defended pornography for decades, lest he grant any concessions to 'enfrenzied' 'sex-hating churches', which he detests.  The man who states "you’ll never convince me that the pornographies of violence don’t normalise and encourage real violence – whilst dulling our sensibilities" has himself partnered with the normalisation of sexual abuse through his campaigns against censorship of pornography. 

And even more ironic is that Adams seemingly cannot imagine that a link exists between society's abandonment of faith in God – a process he has steadfastly promoted – and the ever-onwards advance of pornography, violence and horror in entertainment.