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Monday, July 09, 2007

My Pop Media Diet

I can never just read one book at a time. Lately I've been reading:

From my interest in movies:

  • Yesterday, after the church council picnic, I finished The Three Stooges: An Illustrated History, From Amalgamated Morons to American Icons. Loved it. Next I'll take up my biography of Laurel and Hardy.

  • The Kill Bill Diary: The Making of a Tarantino Classic as Seen Through the Eyes of a Screen Legend by David Carradine

  • One of my interests has long been True Crime. So in that vein, here's what I've finished recently:

  • Forensic Science of CSI by Katherine Ramsland

  • The Human Predator: A Historical Chronicle of Serial Murder and Forensic Investigation by Katherine Ramsland

  • Inside the Minds of Serial Killers: Why They Kill by Katherine Ramsland

  • A Father's Story by Lionel Dahmer, the father of Jeffrey Dahmer. I just started this yesterday.

  • I frequently also have at least one management/leadership type book I'm nibbling on. A great one has been:

  • The No Asshole Rule: Building a Civilized Workplace and Surviving One That Isn't

  • And something a bit more spiritually nourishing:

  • Philemon: A theological Exposition of Sacred Scripture (Concordia Commentary) by Dr. John Nordling, one of our crackerjack New Testament gurus.
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    Paul, in Bethel Park said...

    Hello, Pastor!

    I know this is not in line with this blog post, but I had to relate something to you that I just read on Internet news.

    The bishop of Rome restated, today, his church's position that other Christian churches are not true churches in the traditional sense since we can not claim apostolic succession. I realize that I paraphrased it badly but, it gave me a chuckle. It also made me thank our God once again for helping me to see Scripture more clearly than amount of works or man-made traditions will ever be enough to save us, for we are saved only through the grace of God.

    I realize your work keeps you more than busy but, if you ever have the time, would you mind addressing this issue in one of your posts? It makes me miss the old "Let's Talk About Jesus" program yet again!

    Pastor Scott Stiegemeyer said...

    Hey Paul! Excellent comment. I saw the same story about the Pope's statement. I happen to like a lot of what Benedict writes. In fact, I just bought his book "Jesus of Nazareth." But there is no question that he is the Roman pontiff. There is nothing new in his pronouncements. I will take your suggestion and blog on this either later today or tomorrow.

    Anonymous said...

    Sounds like you're on a crime kick for the moment. I did read an article about how CSI compares to real forensic units. I'd heard that many jurors today have been somewhat conditioned by CSI and other crime shows, and now they expect that kind of evidence in every case. This article from the New Yorker talks about how CSI science is holding up in courts today:

    I've also been waiting for a music post, since we have some interests that overlap. I was waiting to tell you to check out Laura Veirs's latest album "Saltbreakers". It's got some catchy stuff on there. I think you should be able to listen to a few of the tracks here (otherwise you can get clips from Amazon or iTunes):

    "Cast A Hook" was in my head for a couple weeks.

    Scott Adle

    New Curriculum at Concordia Theological Seminary