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Monday, January 09, 2006

And O is for Orange and E is for Eddie Murphy and a prostitute 

You gotta love a blog with this description:

An utterly banal, trite and forgettable blog in the black-hole-universe of blogs. Any topic (except for my new girlfriend, who's off limits on account of I adore her so much) of any magnitude is fair game, from the monumental to the totally trivial. But the chances of me writing about something monumental are about as good as Michael Jackson not being listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the Freakiest Human Being of the 20th and 21st Centuries.

And not just because the author linked to my Robertson Links Clark Stroke, God's Wrath.

Stanwood, by the way, wrote the following about Robertson and Sharon:

May the Israelis "carve up" their land however they damn well please.

Stanwood also surveys Jamie Foxx's progress from his early days on In Living Color.

If you had asked me 16 years ago — surveying the motley crew of Wayans family members, Jim Carrey, Tommy Davidson, David Alan Grier, Foxx, etc. — who would eventually go on to win an Academy Award, I never would have picked Foxx. Come to think of it, I wouldn't have picked any of those (Homey the) clowns. But I've got to tell you, Foxx has done some amazing stuff: Any Given Sunday, Ali, Collateral, and of course, Ray. The kid has bloomed into a damn excellent actor.

While I don't agree with Foxx's position on the Doctor Oba Saint Stanley Tookie Williams controversy, I will state that he was extremely effective in Ali. As was Will Smith - and who could have predicted in the 1980s that he'd receive critical acclaim? And what about Bosom Buddy Tom Hanks? Or (as Eddie Murphy famously put it) Opie Cunningham?

By the way, how's that for a sermon topic?

The St. Thomas More Society of St. Clare Church
2301 N. Washington Avenue
Scranton, Pennsylvania 18509
Mr. Eric L. Bergman, Executive Director
The Twenty-first Sunday after Pentecost
October 9, 2005
The 5PM Service of Evening Prayer

...Years ago on Saturday Night Live I saw a funny skit with Ron Howard and Eddie Murphy. Eddie Murphy played a television journalist and Ron Howard played himself. The premise of the skit was that Eddie would interview this famous filmmaker about the last few movies he had directed, but Eddie kept referring to Ron Howard as Opie Cunningham. All Eddie wanted to talk about was how Ron Howard had played Opie on the Andy Griffith Show and had been the star of the sitcom Happy Days. These two roles from decades ago had for many people defined who Ron Howard was, who Ron Howard would always be, and Eddie Murphy played that portion of the public that ignored Ron Howard’s current work because of his past. That is, Eddie Murphy represented those who refuse to let us forget what we did in our youth. A Saturday Night Live skit like this is hilarious, but those Eddie Murphy’s who won’t let us forget the sins of our youth aren’t funny at all.

[In Luke 7:36-50] Jesus was dining at the house of a Pharisee, and while he was dining a woman with a dark past began to anoint his feet with ointment and wipe them with her hair....Jesus had been preaching a message of reconciliation by the forgiveness of sins, and the woman of ill-repute had embraced the message and the messenger with all her being. All Simon the Pharisee could see was her sin, for he had not yet absorbed the implications of Jesus’ message. Simon could not see the effects of forgiveness active in the woman’s life....

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That's a great sermon idea! I should tell my pastor about it.
New trendy sermon topics (or, in this case, old trendy sermon topics) work if they are tied to something Biblical.
new and unique ideas, and new and unique names...

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