I couldn’t let National Burger Day for 2020 go by uncelebrated.
Even though we’ll probably be having burgers next Thursday night as well.
With the last ScRoll Queen Jalapeño Scroll available at the Scroll Lab today playing the role of bun; a tasty foundation for a wagyu patty, bacon, smokey cheese, onion, pickles, egg, lettuce, tomato, and suitable condiment sauces.
The verdict: success.
Apparently it’s been 67 days since the last NRL game. Time being what it is, it feels like a long time that has gone quickly – the changes to routine and life that have filled this strange season serve to create a sense of weariness that searches for pockets of familiarity.
Which is why people will watch the only sport presently being conducted, because even unfamiliar sport is better than no sport.
Before we were interrupted Round 2’s only upset was a loss by Easts, their second out of two. They’ll be back on the positive side of the ledger before long.
NRL (last round 7/8; season tally 13/16)
Brisbane (I expect them to outlast Paramatta, it will be interesting to see if their young pack is still fired up)
Easts (it hurts tipping them, the least they could do is win)
St George (New Zealand will suffer being away from home. The least they could do is fixture all their games at Manly)
Colin Buchanan, (Australian musical national treasure) gives a rendition of a newly composed song responding to current events with timeless truth.
The lyrics in the final verse express a current desire, and are framed to be sung when the times change.
I want to be a better (sweeter) soul
Know the things I can’t control
Know the time for letting go
And the time for holding on
Feel the touch and take the dive
Deep within the 1.5
Let’s/When everybody gather (s) round
Just because we can…
Andrew Peterson reflects on art produced by Christians (and people), on the tendency for either didactic purpose or decorative impulse to be seen as polar extremes, and how Christian art can sacrifice the effect of inspiring people for the outcome of instructing them.
He contends it should never be an either/or.
Creation of art is not the sacrifice of agenda for cosmetic outcome.
It is the balance of intent and form.
Art and agenda can and do coexist. Having an agenda isn’t necessarily a bad thing. In fact, some of history’s greatest works of art are dripping with agenda. If you’ve ever walked into a cathedral in Europe, you’ve just walked into a monumental agenda. The architects weren’t just making beauty for beauty’s sake. They were (some of them, at least) striving to bring glory to God, building a three-dimensional story for us to walk into, one designed for very specific reasons (to create a feeling of mystery and smallness in us, to draw attention to the cross of Jesus, to pull our eyes upward toward light and glory, to retell the story of Scripture through paintings and stained glass). The fact that these architects and artists had an agenda doesn’t at all reduce the power of what they made. Agenda isn’t necessarily bad. Even someone who doesn’t believe a word of the Bible walks into Notre Dame Cathedral and falls silent. But a Christian familiar with the symbolism, the narrative, not to mention the actual Triune God the cathedral was made for, is just as awestruck at the beauty, but also gets the truth thrown in with it.
Agenda is bad when it usurps beauty. Christian art should strive for a marriage of the two, just as Christ is described as being “full of grace and truth” (John 1:14). Truth without beauty can be a weapon; beauty without truth can be spineless. The two together are like lyric and melody. This is not to say that beauty itself is not a kind of truth, nor that truth itself isn’t beautiful. …
Andrew Peterson, Adorning The Dark, B&H Publishing, Nashville, 2019, pgs 84-85.