Others will prefer the Christian Fellowship Forum and
its friendlier stance toward Christianity. I am the manager of both,
but Religion Forum is a neutral ground and meeting place for people of
all faiths of no faith. There are slightly different rules for each,
but respect is the order of the day in both.
I have been conducting two polls - one in the Religion Forum and one in the Christian Fellowship Forum on giving, tithing, and philanthropy. They are not my most successful polls, but I am really curious about the results and how they may vary between the two forums where they are worded differently to suit the demographics of the membership.
The polls from Christian Fellowship is very simple and straightforward and is built on the concept of "tithing," and followed by an interesting discussion of whether or not it is a New Testament ideal. The poll is Religion is browader based and weighted toward motivations from giving. They are found on their respected home pages, linked above. You are welcome to participate.
My friend, Richard Waterfield, posted the following about the cancelation of NBC's, "The Book of Daniel" in a Christian Fellowship discussion today. (Click to read the entire discussion or participate.)
"Without so much as a peep from me, the TV show 'Book of
Daniel' has parted company with it's Friday night NBC time. Maybe it
will run at 3 AM, or on some special interest cable program, or maybe
not at all. Devotees are calling for an early DVD release and blaming
the fanatical right wingers for the show's demise. The real cause might
have been ratings. I donno.
">>The real cause might have been ratings. I donno.<<"
"Ya think ? <G>"
"I've never known the networks to be motivated by anything else <g>."
"I was curious and didn't feel right about speaking out against
something on the word of others, so I watched most of the first episode
and clicked in on some of the others. They were straining very hard to
include as many schocking scenarios as they could in an hour."
"It's like the guy who had the bumper sticker that said, "Nuke a gay
whale for Jesus." - designed to offend everyone, but not worth
the buck to buy it or the trouble to put it on the bumper. I enjoy
being offended as much as the next guy, but the show just didn't have
any edge to it, just a lot of dull axes to grind."
"Now - cancelling West Wing is another matter. I was looking forward to
either way the wind blew - a Jimmy Smit presidency or an Alan
Alda presidency. I enjoy being offended by a good, thoughtful script
"And don't get me started on Seventh Heaven <S> (which has
pretty much run out of scripts to be written). Nevertheless, I've been
loyal to the family and to Eric Camden, Super Pastor."
"I guess I'll just watch Law and Order or better still, read a book."
"Thus endeth Tom's Media Commentary for the week <g>."
Networks will forgive almost anything except bad ratings. Viewers will forgive anything except bad stories and scripts. It may be that the boycotters are patting themselves on the back, but if anything, they got a lot of us to check it out. Come to think of it, as an indirect result, they may have precipitated its demise.
Let me quickly add, that I never recomended the show and never would have. I am just very skeptical about and resistant to boycotts. If someone tells me what not to read or watch it sends a little prickly thing crawling up my back.
Any family can be dysfunctional - even ministers' families, but this was a bit much - to be so dysfunctional and yet, functional at the same time!
One thing I never really figured out was what Daniel stood for. He wasn't a bad guy; it's just that, given his lack of any conviction whatsoever, why bother? I guess we'll never know.
And then, there was the protrayal of Jesus. Some called it blasphemous. I don't know about that - but it certainly didn't look like the Jesus I converse with regularly.
And while we are at it, didn't anyone complain that he was rather ...... WHITE?
My on-line mentor, Georgia Griffith, died in September. For so many years, our e-mail conversations were a daily part of my life and her way with words influenced my thinking. Even this week, I have used some of her unique language to describe forum events. Georgia insisted that the plural form of forum was "fora."
Some of the most interesting discussions I read on a daily basis come from the Religion and Christian Fellowship Fora on CompuServe/Netscape and I want to do my best to highlight some of them here in my Blog.
Christian Fellowship Forum is an affirming and cozy place for believers where everyone is welcome. Since it is diverse, there is occasional controversy and heat, but we try to keep it friendly. There is a special folder for prayer requests and a real sense of community.
The Religion Forum is an interfaith community and many of our members have no faith. The key word is respect and. I am especially sensitive to my fellow believers showing respect for people who do not see eye to eye with them about their faith. There is much controversy and heat, but some pretty definite rules.
You will need to get a free screen name from AOL, Netscape, or CompuServe before being allowed to post, but anyone can read the fora.
Have you ever wondered what happened to Larry Norman from the Jesus Movement, famous for "I Wish We'd All Been Ready?" One of our members did a little research on the subject and reported back to us. It seems that Larry has had some health issues and needs our prayers and support.
Our family saw "The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe" on Christmas Day. I loved it! Having read the whole Narnia series (some of it read to me by Andrea), I found it faithful and compelling. We are discussing it in the Fellowship Forum as Narnia. I invite your comments here or there.