From the monthly archives: June 2015

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More Than a Feeling: The Joy of Sadness in Pixar's 'Inside Out'


 


Inside Out is the latest offering from the geniuses at Pixar. This movie is about emotions. So, naturally, we thought it best to have Vanessa Felhauer — certified counselor and member of Summitview’s counseling ministry — review the film. Beware: There are spoilers.


The new Pixar film Inside Out opened in theaters the weekend of June 19. Typically, I find movies in the comedy genre, especially cartoons, rather inane. I’d much rather watch a good drama with some serious action. But I would have to rate this the best movie I’ve seen this year.

If you aren’t familiar with the plot, Inside Out follows the five personified emotions inside the brain of 11-year-old Riley: Joy (Amy Poehler), Disgust (Mindy Kaling), Anger (Lewis Black), Sadness (Phyllis Smith) and Fear (Bill Hader). They take turns running the control panel in Riley’s head as she navigates a cross-country move with her family. Memories appear as colored balls that roll through the workings of her mind. The colors correspond with the predominant emotion in that memory. As she grows up, “personality islands” form, with fragile bridges connecting them to her memory storehouses.

Joy is a frantic (albeit happy) character trying to run the show. She vigilantly guards against Sadness getting too much time at the control panel and from touching any of the memories and turning them blue/sad. At one point, she draws a circle on the floor and tells Sadness that her job for the day is to not step outside the circle.

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A Discussion: Truth, Love and the Future of Marriage


 


When the Pharisees tested him regarding marriage and divorce, Jesus had this to say:

 

Have you not read that he who created them from the beginning made them male and female, and said, ‘Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’? So they are no longer two but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate. (Matthew 19:4–6)

 

On Friday, June 26, the Supreme Court of the United States expressed its ruling on Obergefell v. Hodges and judged Jesus’ definition of marriage as unconstitutional.

In my lifetime, there has never been a greater opportunity for "Love Like Jesus” to be distinctive.

Into a world that at times violently rejected his message, Jesus came “full of grace and truth” (John 1:14). He passionately loved people (even his enemies) because they were made in the image of God and he did so without compromising the truth he had received from his Father. He calls us to do the same — in all times.

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Initial Thoughts on the Supreme Court's Decision to Legalize Gay Marriage


 


Today, the Supreme Court of the United States legalized same-sex marriage in our nation. At 8:20 this morning, Coloradoan reporter Sarah Jane Kyle tweeted a link about the Court’s decision and encouraged readers to share their thoughts with her. This is the response I emailed to her:

 

Sarah,

Here are MY thoughts (I can only claim they represent me):

Should adults be free and safe to engage in romantic relationships? Yes. Should they be free to have those relationships defined as marriage? That's a different question because it really begins with who defines marriage. If the Creator has defined it, then that definition is the definition. The Created can claim a different definition of marriage just like the Created can claim the moon is made of cheese but that doesn't make it real.

This quote comes to mind from Jack White of The White Stripes:

“. . . I’m not looking for so-and-so’s opinion, not even my own opinion. I just want to know what the truth is. I mean that’s what I’m looking for. In my opinion, there’s no way God looks at things from 14 different angles. I see God as knowing only one truth, and that’s it. There’s no other opinion about it. And I want to know what that one truth is. Everyone can sit around and have their manly and earthly opinions about things, but I doubt there’s much debate going on in heaven. I’m trying to find whatever that singular truth is in any particular topic.”

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The Mark of Cain: The Power of Empathy in a Self-focused World


 


I was at home with my kids one day while they were watching an episode of PBS’ Daniel Tiger. For those unacquainted, Daniel Tiger has taken over where Mr. Fred Rogers left off. He has great friends like O the Owl, Katerina Kittycat, Prince Wednesday and others that help him learn how to be a great neighbor and friend. And he wears an awesome red sweater just like ol’ Mr. Rogers. Won’t you be his neighbor?

Anyway, as I was watching an episode with my kids, this song came on:

I loved the song and hated the song all at once. I loved it because it helped me get my kids to share their trains and dinosaurs with each other. It gets to the heart of Cain’s question to God: “Am I my brother’s keeper?” (Genesis 4:9). The first non-Garden sin was the sin of not caring about God’s agenda and, therefore, other’s well-being. Cain brushed off God’s question about where his brother was with the retort, “Don’t know, don’t care.” This attitude often pops up in our home.

But I also hated it because thinking about other’s feelings takes up roughly .04 percent of my mind’s daily activity. It’s laughable to think that I could faithfully model this behavior for my kids. If I’m honest, thinking about others and empathizing with them is usually hounded and silenced by other louder voices.

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Ultimate Imitations: The Ways and Means of Neighboring while Single


 


Last week, Vanessa Felhauer was supposed to write a post about how to neighbor as a single person. Instead, she wrote about suppressing her desire to chuck bulletins at pastors. So, at long last, here is her post on how singles can practically apply neighboring principles and attitudes in their own lives.


When Summitview first began talking about orienting small groups around neighborhoods (and other spheres of influence) last summer, I heard from several single people that this really didn’t excite them. Singles who are younger and/or don’t own their own homes tend to be less settled in their neighborhoods. They often move once a year.

I own my home and rent the extra bedrooms to other single women. After the first sermon in the neighboring series, I was talking with one of my roommates and commented, “Well, we already know all the neighbors.” She replied, “You know all the neighbors.” This reminded me of the last rental situation I was in prior to buying my home. My roommate at the time owned that house and had lived in the neighborhood for more than a decade. While I lived there three years and had a heart to join her in loving our neighbors, ultimately they were all her relationships. As the homeowner, she was far more invested in the community than I ever was.

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