Ewan McGregor pulls off a convincing Jesus in ‘Last Days in the Desert’

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Ewan McGregor in a scene from "Last Days in the Desert." Photo courtesy of Sundance Institute

Ewan McGregor in a scene from "Last Days in the Desert." Photo courtesy of Sundance Institute

PARK CITY, Utah (RNS) Publishers discovered a long time ago that Jesus sells magazines, so it should be no surprise that one of the hottest tickets here at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival was the premiere of “Last Days in the Desert,” directed by Rodrigo Garcia and starring Ewan McGregor as both Jesus and Satan.

The wait list was full, tickets sold out, and theater packed. And it was worth it.

When I see yet another Jesus film hit theaters, I immediately wonder whether this Jesus will resemble the one described in the Gospel of John, the one that is both human and divine. Or, as Bible scholar Eugene Peterson put it, the God who “became flesh and blood, and moved into the neighborhood.”

I ask because most Jesus movies fall flat by overemphasizing either Jesus’ humanity or his divinity. Paint Jesus as a wispy ethereal spirit and you’ve got a Jesus who’d be of no interest to a bunch of first-century fisherman, drunks and prostitutes. But to portray Jesus as just another guy also misses the mark, because after all, Jesus claimed to be uniquely God’s son, and even more radically, to be one with God.

Garcia manages to strike a pleasing balance. He gives us a Jesus who is clearly, deeply and achingly human, one who suffers from God’s silence in the desert and cries out “Father where are you? Father speak to me!” At the same time, Garcia’s Jesus is directly connected to God and claims to be God’s only son, saying, “there are no others.”

When I asked Garcia how he pulled off this delicate balance, he credited McGregor. The Scottish actor cited three scenes where Jesus clearly has a direct connection to God, and said he intentionally and consciously drew on that connection as the backdrop for everything else Jesus did in the desert, no matter how mundane.

For those looking for a retelling of the Gospel account of Jesus’ temptation in the desert, this is not it. “Last Days in the Desert” is an imaginative exploration of what is not recorded in the Bible, much like Anne Rice did with Jesus’ childhood in “Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt.”

Garcia said he originally wanted to explore the idea of Jesus fasting and praying in the desert, seeking guidance from his often-silent Heavenly Father and getting ready for a public ministry. Unexpectedly, Jesus comes upon a family with serious issues. He stays to help, and there his nemesis Satan begins to test and challenge him.

The Satan in “Last Days” is portrayed as an alter ego of Jesus, so McGregor plays both Satan and Jesus. Satan’s biggest test is posed as follows: If Jesus can bring this troubled family together in a way that satisfies the ailing mom, restless son, and stubborn father, he will leave Jesus alone for the rest of his desert journey. This is no small challenge. The mom is dying, the teenage son is eager to leave home and go to Jerusalem and Dad wants the son to stay in the hot, barren Judean desert to work the family land.

Thematically, this becomes an intimate father-son film in which Jesus comes to the desert to seek counsel and guidance from his father before going to Jerusalem, and then meets another son who desperately wants to go to Jerusalem but is forbidden by his father to do so.

McGregor delivers a stand-out performance, and after the premiere he quipped that “somehow playing Satan came more naturally to me then playing Jesus!” The dialogue in “Last Days” is intentionally sparse, half the length of the typical screenplay, and the story unfolds unhurriedly, as would 40 days in the hot, parched desert.

The post-premiere buzz about “Last Days” is well deserved, in part because Garcia and McGregor bring a fresh look at Yeshua (Garcia uses the Hebrew name for Jesus throughout the film), the itinerant rabbi who lived 2,000 years ago yet is still talked about today.

(Dick Staub is author of “About You: Fully Human and Fully Alive” and the host of The Kindlings Muse (www.thekindlings.com). His blog can be read at www.dickstaub.com)

KRE/AMB END STAUB

  • “a fresh look at Yeshua…the itinerant rabbi who lived 2,000 years ago…”

    That isn’t a fact.
    Should read, “who may have lived..”

  • Larry

    “somehow playing Satan came more naturally to me then playing Jesus!”

    Lets be honest, there are very few narratives that have interesting protagonists as compared to their opposite numbers. It is usually the villains who are roles actors enjoy playing.

    But now Ewan McGregor joins the very short list of actors who have played both Jesus AND Satan.
    Max von Sydow (Greatest Story Ever Told and Needful Things) and
    Wilem Defoe (Last Temptation of Christ and Far Away So Close)

  • Plus – no matter how many religious movies they are in they can’t buy any of it as true.

    All are Atheists:

    Max Von Sydow
    Wilem Defoe
    Ewan McGregor

  • Larry

    One of the most critically acclaimed films on the subject, “The Gospel According to St. Matthew” was produced and directed by a gay atheist member of the Italian Communist Party. Paolo Passolini.

    Passolini made the film as a direct broadsides to the conformity and parochialism of both religion and radical politics.

  • Atheists..gotta wonder about people who haven’t a clue about spiritual phenomena yet have so much to say about it, compulsively, can’t shut up yet they do not give us anything of value but trite and quite wrong ideas of spirituality of people who never have had a spiritual experience of God in their lives. Why anyone listens to people without knowledge of what they are talking about is also a wonder..

    I hate Europeans trying to play Palestinians. Why can’t they get local actors and stop this crap of seeing European Jesuses and Johns and everything cast in Crusader terms of European takeover of Palestine, that effort handed to Zionist Jews in 1948 to fill Palestine with European religious fanatic colonizers out to repeat all the moral evils of European colonial genocidal conquest of non-European lands.

  • Stephen:

    “Atheists..gotta wonder…haven’t a clue about spiritual phenomena yet have so much to say about it…can’t shut up”

    Most of us Atheists were very religious for many years before we learned the facts. We know all about the ‘spiritual’ phenomena. Too well.

    Theists like yourselves did a good job of fooling us with your stories – it would have been better if they had limited their delusions to themselves instead of spreading the damaging, destructive lies further across the culture, as you are doing.

    To spread these myths as if they are true is a very damaging thing indeed. Lying to little children about hell. Lying to teenagers about sexuality.

    What Atheism offers is not trite.
    Atheism offers a relief from destructive nonsense and an invitation to the beauty of reality.

  • Atheist Max, there are thousands of former believers like you who become reformed drunk syndrome anti-theists. You have NEVER had a true spiritual experience because I don’t know of a single person who has had such experience ever going back to atheism. No a one. You types always mistake religious group fervor of which it seems quite easy to arouse in Evangelical Christian believers which I suspect was just the type of believer you were, as “spiritual” experience when it is no more such than an Ecstasy Rave dance is “spiritual”, these are group highs and while making believers feel good, have nothing in common with real Spirit of God contact which always changes you.

    Come back only when you know what you’re talking about, AM, and that requires proof of spiritual contact. Can you produce any proof of contacting God? Such contact Produces something. Let’s hear what you claim to have received from contact with God or the Spirit of Christ. If you can’t produce what I’m talking about, please just go away to other atheist forums and peddle your nonsense there. Those without spiritual experience cannot judge those who have had such.

  • Ned Strom

    Far more convincing performance than the one by the Jesus in the Christian myths…and they call that divine???

  • Ned Strom

    Typical condescending Christian viciousness from you there little Stevie boy. Max can come back any time he pleases, so don’t try to tell him otherwise.

  • Karyn Atheist

    Stephen Lewis,
    I have read Atheist Max for several months. He Has described his religious experiences convincingly. Atheism came at him unwillingly as it does for most of us.
    That is how atheism happens. We grow to a point where God doesn’t make sense anymore and then a door swings open to better explanations based on science and reason. When it happened to me I felt I had been duped by this insipid religion. I hated the church for limiting my view of life. The hate has turned to activism.
    Your argument for ‘spiritual conciosness’ is really hollow but religion obstructs clear analysis so I don’t blame you for what you cannot understand.

  • Larry

    Run along Stevie. Adults are having a conversation here.

  • Karla

    God/Jesus are real! Read Romans 1:18-32. For people to look out at the
    universe and see the design of it and say that all this is random chance
    is being blind. The sun is set perfect where we don’t burn or freeze and
    you say it happened by accident/chance? Evolution is immpossibe and
    all of the Bible prophecy coming true proves that Jesus is the Messiah!
    Many people deny God because they don’t want to be told how to live.
    Read Psalm 22:16-18. Many don’t confronted with their sin so they don’t
    see a need for a savior/feel the need to get saved. Read Isaiah 53:3-7.

  • Karyn and Ned:
    Thanks – support for freethinkers is wonderful to see.

  • I wouldn’t try to reverse engineer Ewan McGregor’s personal beliefs in order to typify him or buttress one’s own POV. He is not only a fine actor, but someone who has traversed the globe mile by mile, North South East West, encountering people whom he’s helped and who’ve helped him during distressing situations. In addition, he’s raised millions for worthy philanthropic organizations.
    He may not be Jim Caviezal, but he’s got a lot in common with the Son of Man.

  • Charles:

    I agreed with you until you said:
    “He’s got a lot in common with the Son of Man”

    No he doesn’t.
    I know very little of Ewan McGregor but I know a lot about the ‘Son of man’ of the bible.

    As you pointed out,
    McGregor has traveled the world. But Jesus never left home.
    McGregor gave to charity. But – Jesus gave nothing to charity, it was the reverse. Jesus claimed to be the charity and watched the money pot.

    McGregor is supportive of families.
    But Jesus said “Hate your parents…hate your life” – (Luke 14:26)

    McGregor seems forgiving.
    But Jesus said, “Be baptized and believe” or “Be condemned to Hell” (John 6:53-54) (Mark 16:16).

    McGregor appears to be against capital punishment.
    But Jesus said: “..bring to me those enemies of mine who would not have me as their King, and execute them in front of me.” (Luke 19:27)

    McGregor appears to be in favor of peace:
    But Jesus said: “I have come to bring FIRE…What constraints! I am impatient to bring NOT PEACE BUT DIVISION.” – Jesus (Luke 12:49-51)

    Based on this, Ewan McGregor should be better compared
    to ATHEIST actor Paul Newman who created ‘Newman’s Own’ which raised $370 million for charity.

    As for “The Son of Man” (aka Jesus) – that is a slander against McGregor who appears to be a great guy.

  • @Stephen:

    “Atheist Max, there are thousands of former believers like you who become reformed drunk syndrome anti-theists.”

    Well, wouldn’t you be bitter if you spent 44 years believing a lie?
    What do you expect?

    You think I should throw a party for my Catholic nuns who whipped my knuckles BLOODY when I was a boy for asking these questions about Jesus?

    You think little children in Madrasas across the Middle East deserve to have their backs whipped by Imams because they are failing to recite the Surah accurately?

    You think religious genital mutilation should just continue even though there is no sign that any God really cares about it?

    I have some four letter words for your God.

    As for Anti-thiests, I’m in very good company:

    James Madison:
    “Religion debilitates the mind” it is “superstition” and “tyranny” we “need it not”

    Benjamin Franklin:
    “Faith shuts the eyes of reason”

    Thomas Paine:
    “All churches…are built to enslave and terrify mankind and monopolize power”

    Thomas Jefferson:
    “The Preacher” is always “allied with the despots”

    John Adams:
    “The Christian religion… most bloody religion that ever existed”

    Alexander Hamilton:
    “Men are reasoning rather than reasonable animals.”

    Abraham Lincoln:
    “The Bible is not my book, nor Christianity my religion.”

    George Washington:
    “The United States of America should have a foundation free from the influence of clergy.”

    Thomas Paine:
    “To argue with a man who has renounced his reason is like giving medicine to the dead.”

    Thomas Jefferson:
    “In every country and in every age, the preacher has been hostile to liberty. He is always in alliance with the despot, abetting his abuses in return for protection to his own.”

    “On the dogmas of religon, as distinguished from moral principles, all mankind, from the beginning of the world to this day, have been quarreling, fighting, burning and torturing one another, for abstractions unintelligible to themselves and to all others, and absolutely beyond the comprehension of the human mind.”
    – Thomas Jefferson, 1816

    “I have found Christian dogma unintelligible. Early in life, I absenteed myself from Christian assemblies.”
    – Benjamin Franklin, on the follies of Christianity

    RELIGION is inhuman, destructive and it DISGUSTS ME.
    And I claim the right to say so.

    _____
    AM
    For Peace, Culture and The Separation of Church and State

  • Jeffamiah

    Max, there is copious amount of proof that Jesus not only lived, died and rose to life again. You need only to look. My guess is you have not truly looked for yourself but are standing on the shoulders of angry men and women who’s life purpose is to eradicate the belief in a diety they believe is imaginary. Seems like a sad purpose to me. I’m sure you have plenty of things you can and will say to me in response. I really don’t like conversing about things like this on social media because there is no way to convey the emotion behind what is said. However, I will end with this. You may not believe that Christ lived but “in him (Jesus) all things were created through him and for him… and in him all things are heald together.” (Colossians 1:16,17) if Jesus didn’t believe in you, you wouldn’t exist. I pray you meditate on that thought and that the Holy Spirit reveals The Truth to you. May God the Father bless you with the knowledge of His Son.

  • @Jeffamiah,

    “if Jesus didn’t believe in you, you wouldn’t exist.”

    Now, see? You are on your hands and knees begging someone to call you ridiculous.
    Does this mean I’m angry? Of course not. You are wearing a clown suit.
    I find it funny more than anything else.

    Suppose I told you that Sasquatch is your reason for your existence?
    Suppose I said, “You don’t believe in Sasquatch, but he believes in you”

    Dear Reverends, Pastors and Priests take notes.
    This trash is what you have created by your preachings – it is garbage.

  • Until a former “Christian” turned atheist can prove to me he or she has ever had any truly spiritual experience of God or the Spirit of Christ in their lives which always leaves spiritual product behind, either conversion, or new revelations, or a new life dedicated to serving others propelled by the Spirit of Christ. I don’t see any of you atheists ever showing any of these signs of spiritual contact with God. You all just stay on the material world surface of even spirituality as when you former “believers” fall for the silliest and most out of spiritual date man-made religious doctrines. You are quite foolish to attack me with your Bible hatreds thinking I am another one of the Evangelicals or someone who holds the Bible inerrant. Nope, you go ahead and attack the weakest thinkers of Christianity, the Evangelicals, and think you’ve destroyed Christianity. No, you’ve only gone after those who cannot logically defend their beliefs. I can. I am from the Gnostic side of Christianity and we Gnostics were never beholding to the Bible or even the Bible god, the Fraud of Israel. We even honored and still the Divine Feminine in the Godhead, something you didn’t even think Christians could do as you atheists always forget Gnostic Christianity existed and still exists and always will exist as Knowledge of God can never be defeated by any man-made doctrines. Give it your best shots, atheists, and see what I mean..(hint: ganging together to pat each other’s wrong ideas on the back won’t help you one bit.)

    Sorry, but you’ve got to get earlier in the morning if you’re going to attack my Christian beliefs with your trite anti-Bible thumper cliches we’ve heard thousands of times.

  • Stephen:

    “I don’t see any of you atheists ever showing any of these signs of spiritual contact with God.”

    You do understand what an Atheist is… right?
    We do not believe in God.

    So how would we ‘prove a spiritual connection’ to something which we have determined was not real at all …so much that we cannot believe it anymore?

    But no matter. The burden is not on us to prove something. We do not claim that Gods are impossible just that we see no evidence for it.
    The burden is on you – the person making the claim that God exists or that a spirit world exists. It is just a junk claim.

    And Your claim is your responsibility.

    You are free to believe whatever you want. The line you keep crossing however is to exclaim to others that they must believe the same thing you believe or they are somehow worthy of second-class citizenship.
    Coming to the awareness that God does not probably exist does not come with second class status or ‘ignorance’ as you say.

    Your claim is empty. Show a god or stop claiming one exists.

  • dmj76

    Dear Max
    Is it really true that people with non-theistic views do not have a spiritual dimension to their lives?
    Bertrand Russell (when he was young)
    Buddha
    Thousands of Unitarian Universalists
    If I were an educated person I could probably think of more.

  • dmj76

    Religion is insipid?
    Catholicism is insipid?
    That is not the way it looks to me (as someone who is very much on the outside looking in.)

  • dmj76

    Dear Max
    Your bloody knuckles are the best argument you have made so far. I believe you, not because I was mistreated as a student, but because I have family friends with the same brutal experience in religious schools.

  • Unless you can explain what ‘spiritual’ means I have no idea what you are talking about.

    When i was a Catholic I used the word all the time. “I’m spiritual, I pray to god and feel the spirit…”

    I understand now that those feelings I had were not ‘spiritual’ but were simple mechanics of the mind in operation. Neurologists have a clearly proven explanation for these thoughts and feelings – The material brain manufactures chemicals for survival (material is all the brain is) and this gives us the illusion of spirituality.

    ‘Spirituality’ suggests something supernatural but there is no sign of a supernatural and no reason to attribute any of these feelings to supernatural explanation.

  • jeffamiah

    Max, you may laugh at me, or at least at what I say, but the beauty in your ridicule is that Christ took that ridicule for me on the cross. My heart breaks for you, I think your laughter masks pain that you don’t want anyone to know about. Just know that Christ knows your pain and He sees you. I know the irony in saying this to you is that you don’t believe and worse don’t care that Jesus loves you and wants to save you from yourself. Just like he saved me from myself. Know that I love you and am praying for you. I will leave you to respond here with whatever vitriol you chose to say. You will not hear from me again but because I’m praying for you, you will be hearing from my God. You don’t agree with me now that is a good thing but someday you will.

  • Fran

    God did not become flesh and blood, as the article brings out, but the SON of God, Jesus, certainly did; and Jesus also died as the son of God, and not as God.

  • Fran

    Karyn,

    A loving, compassionate and caring
    Heavenly Father makes sense to me through my study of him through his Word, the Bible; however, it’s obvious to me that false religion definitely misrepresents God, his marvelous personality and his wondrous purposes for man on earth. Too many people have been exposed to those lies for too long: but not much longer.

  • A.M., I thought you said you had, what 44 years being duped as a believer and you still think God can be produced on demand physically? I mean, didn’t you read the part where God is a Spirit and those who worship God worship God in spirit? Do you know what Spirit is? I don’t think so as it all comes down to you and fellow atheists being unable to have spiritual experience. You’re disabled and don’t realize your mental disability because it doesn’t show physically. And yes, any time anyone wants to see what real spiritual consciousness is like and what it can produce need only ask me. I have dozens of examples and a couple of major prophesies in spiritual motion at this time..

  • Karyn Atheist

    um, Stephen, you said..”anyone wants to see what real spiritual consciousness is like and what it can produce need only ask me.”
    What a narcissistic thing to say. You claim to have something nobody else has and you have the arrogance to say you achieved it by yourself and you have the self-centered notion that everyone else has to believe it too? Pretty awful of you.

    Atheists only say, ‘we don’t believe the claim that god is real.’ What is the self-centeredness of that? I don’t get it. It is even selfish of you to take it so personally that I don’t see your god and that your god is so impossible to prove. Everything about religion makes people sickeningly selfish.

  • Karyn Atheist

    dmj76 – you have been told that a real person was tortured brutally for your benefit and that this is decent morality. yes this is insipid and disgusting.

  • dmj76

    What happens when subject-object duality goes away?
    Is this forbidden by the laws of physics?
    Is this the most wonderful thing that can happen to a sentient being, or is it an illusion?
    What would I know about stuff like this?

  • Karyn Atheist

    fran..”it’s obvious to me that false religion definitely misrepresents God,”
    False? Are you saying Jesus was not brutally tortured for you? I thought you believed in jesus.

  • Atheist Max

    Jeffamiah,

    I don’t want to laugh at you.
    I said, you are begging to be laughed at – big difference.

    You said, “You wouldn’t exist without Jesus” and that is complete malarky.

    Please don’t pray for me. I would hate to play a role in this silly stuff.

  • dmj76

    In terms of selfishness, I do not see any difference between the atheists and non-atheists I know. Of course this is a small sample. Certainly the atheists tend to have more compassionate politics, but I think that is a cultural accident unrelated to theism.

  • Followers of God are commanded to do evil things.
    Atheists are much more likely to behave morally (and they do)
    because of their rejection of this nonsense:

    1. Christians are told they must judge a gay person as evil.
    2. Christians are told to forgive enemies – which is immoral. It is devastating to public safety as in Pedophile Priests, etc.
    3. Christians are told to remove genitals – which is immoral.
    4. Christians are told a person was slaughtered for their benefit. Profoundly immoral.
    5. Christians are instructed to absolve themselves of their personal responsibilities by pretending they vanish upon uttering a magical incantation.
    6. Christians are told their terrifyingly bad marriages must be endured no matter what. A deeply immoral injunction.
    7. Christians are told to LOVE the God which they are also enjoined to FEAR – this is the heart of Sadomasochistic brain rot. Utterly immoral.

    It is no wonder that Atheists
    like Paul Newman, Charles Schultz, Dr. Seuss, Oskar Schindler, Jonas Salk were near perfect humanitarians.

    They did not believe in Gods and neither did they anoint themselves as Gods (as Stalin and Pol Pot did).

    To not act as if there are no Gods is to face our responsibility toward each other.
    To be an Atheist is not to ‘believe in nothing’ – it is to have confidence in the ability of people to take care of themselves and each other and manage uncertainty with courage and intelligence to make the world a better place for everyone.

  • All of you who’ve bought into Max’s schtick have done no service to the original article and its author. I like Max, brilliant thinker, tactician and e’er so earnest. I have his website bookmarked to keep up. So what? The discussion,, tho’ unconfined, deserves to be debated and argued according to the parameters of its content, an artistic endeavor, a cinematic portrayal of specific characters fashioned by a director, actors and requisite crew. One can spew forth praise or condemnation upon this concept and work just like was done to Gibson’s PASSION or Kazantsakis’ LAST TEMPTATION, or jESUS OF MONTREAL etc., but digressions of the sort that Max provoked have no bearing upon that discussion. Most of you commentators have allowed Max to punk and okeydoke you. No doubt he’s pleased, as likely are “others.”

  • “um, Stephen, you said..”anyone wants to see what real spiritual consciousness is like and what it can produce need only ask me.”
    What a narcissistic thing to say. You claim to have something nobody else has and you have the arrogance to say you achieved it by yourself and you have the self-centered notion that everyone else has to believe it too? Pretty awful of you.”

    Kathrine, name-calling my offer to give examples of real spiritual consciousness (as opposed to group fervor quite easily induced in evangelical circles and RAVES) only demonstrates how angry with theists you atheists are propelling your constant need to slander us, especially Christians who seem to be just about the only religious group atheists stalk as internet trolls on quite a few religious discussion forums besides this one. I do have spiritual examples but I am far from being the only one with spiritual experiences. Of course I am an expert on MY OWN spiritual experiences, who else could be? But that’s not your “awful narcissism” slimey put-down but telling the truth. And truth about spiritual experience is available to those who had such. Logic tells us atheists never have spiritual experience of God because those who do never go back to atheism as how could they go back to the lesser consciousness? Once you meet God you never go back to man-made philosophy. This is why you atheists need to be criticized as phonies trying to snow people because spiritual phenomena cannot be produced on demand like parlor tricks so atheists seize that fact and twist to try to “prove” spiritual phenomena doesn’t exist. For you. But for those who have had spiritual phenomena happen in their lives, spiritual consciousness is a reality they never forget while religious converts to man-made ideologies can and do fall out of their mesmerizations quite often, especially when things go wrong in their lives and someone close gets hurt or dies and they want revenge against God for not helping. In short, atheists are your narcissists who like I pointed out above, scream the loudest “There is no God because I didn’t find any, therefore, no God exists.” Babies, saying “Feed Me!” and not getting any spiritual food and getting mad about it. Mad enough to become internet trolls stalking Christians on religious discussion boards which of course shows up their claim that they’re not interested in God or gods, hah! but you find them very much interested in attacking those who are interested in God. Only atheists become OCD trolls posting their trite cliche no God criticisms we’ve heard thousands of times and no matter how many times posted these criticisms are plain logically worthless as no one without experience in the subject matter they criticize has any credibility. No spiritual experience, no credibility criticizing people who do have spiritual experience.

  • Eric

    Huh. Wonder what the comment section will be like once people ACTUALLY SEE THE MOVIE!

  • Hey, no off-topic remarks trying to correct our attention. I mean isn’t this about local RNS atheist gangsters vs. the stalwart Celestial Torah Christian believer?

  • Stephen Lewis, paramunchkins never applaud in space. Sequester your mustard and abolish your putrid leotards. Don’t obfuscate the primary prenuptials with rasberries. Often, the pertinent cat presents fabled necessities in the parking chamfer. Realize your net precedent. Triangulate! Save the best for the alligators. Ever the bastille notches the orchestra but Wendy is not green and horses will capitulate. Filter out the log from the turnstile and cry prevalently.

    So there brown stare. Feed your inner walnut and resolve. Subject your lemon to the ingenious door in the presence of snow and animals. Aisle 7 is for the monetary cheese whiz. Faced with the kitchen, you may wish to prolong the sailboat in the cliff. Otherwise, rabbits may descend on your left nostril. Think about how you can stripe the sea.

    Regale the storm to those who (6) would thump the parrot with the armband. Corner the market on vestiges of the apparent closure but seek not the evidential circumstance. Therein you can find indignant mountains of pigs and apples. Descend eloquently as you debate the ceiling of your warning fulcrum. Vacate the corncob profusely and and don’t dote on the pancreas.

    Next up, control your wood. Have at the cat with your watch on the fore. Aft! Smarties (12)! Rome wasn’t kevetched in an autumn nightie. (42) See yourself for the turntable on the escalator. Really peruse the garage spider definitely again again with brown. Now we have an apparent congestion, so be it here. Just a moment is not a pod of beef for the ink well nor can it be (4) said that Karen was there in the millpond.

    Garbage out just like the candle in the kitty so. Go, go, go until the vacuum meets the upward vacation. Sell the yellow. Then trim the bus before the ten cheese please Louise. Segregate from the koan and stew the ship vigorously.

    And remember, never pass up an opportunity to watch an elephant paint Mozart.

  • Stephen Lewis, the bulwark cannot integrate leptons for lunch. Sequester your mustard and abolish your putrid leotards. Don’t obfuscate the primary prenuptials with rasberries. Often, the pertinent cat presents fabled necessities in the parking chamfer. Realize your net precedent. Triangulate! Save the best for the alligators. Ever the bastille notches the orchestra but Wendy is not green and horses will capitulate. Filter out the log from the turnstile and cry prevalently.

    So there brown stare. Feed your inner walnut and resolve. Subject your lemon to the ingenious door in the presence of snow and animals. Aisle 7 is for the monetary cheese whiz. Faced with the kitchen, you may wish to prolong the sailboat in the cliff. Otherwise, rabbits may descend on your left nostril. Think about how you can stripe the sea.

    Regale the storm to those who (6) would thump the parrot with the armband. Corner the market on vestiges of the apparent closure but seek not the evidential circumstance. Therein you can find indignant mountains of pigs and apples. Descend eloquently as you debate the ceiling of your warning fulcrum. Vacate the corncob profusely and and don’t dote on the pancreas.

    Next up, control your wood. Have at the cat with your watch on the fore. Aft! Smarties (12)! Rome wasn’t kevetched in an autumn nightie. (42) See yourself for the turntable on the escalator. Really peruse the garage spider definitely again again with brown. Now we have an apparent congestion, so be it here. Just a moment is not a pod of beef for the ink well nor can it be (4) said that Karen was there in the millpond.

    Garbage out just like the candle in the kitty so. Go, go, go until the vacuum meets the upward vacation. Sell the yellow. Then trim the bus before the ten cheese please Louise. Segregate from the koan and stew the ship vigorously.

    And remember, never pass up an opportunity to watch an elephant paint Mozart.

  • dmj76

    Dear Max
    With respect to item 1, you probably know that many protestant denominations have gay clergy, and that the Episcopal Church has had gay bishops.
    Best wishes

  • dmj,

    “you probably know that many protestant denominations have gay clergy,”

    Religion behaves best when it ignores Religion.
    I’m not concerned with supposedly religious people who reject Godly nonsense – such as the gay bishops do.

    I’m concerned about people who BELIEVE in their religion:

    “the only cure for homosexuals is that they be put to death” – Pastor Robbie Gallaty, Tennessee Megachurch, Sept. 4, 2014

    I approve of FAKE religious people (like gay bishops) who act as though the Bible is nonsense.

    A Gay Bishop (who is publicly Out) has already thrown so much of his religion away he might as well be an Atheist.
    (News Flash – many of them are!)

  • Larry

    I have come to the conclusion Stephen wants to form a cult, but his abrasive personality seems to be turning off potential acolytes.

  • Larry

    Jill you have to give me the link to your word salad engine.

    That was awesome in its non-sequiturity.

  • dmj76

    Is this the best post ever on RNS?
    That cannot possibly, I should take a break.

  • Loses its novelty after the first posting. Get more creative is my suggestion, try a new format, new cut-in-pasties..

  • Larry

    Have you ever heard of dramatic irony?