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Serenity tonight

Off to see the pre-release screening of Serenity tonight in town. After a day of cold, wet rain, hail and strong winds (& snow in Christchurch) it’s a nice way to end the day – especially as I’m going with a couple of other enthusiasts. Managed to get the first two of the comics that bridge the gap between TV and movie – was hoping the last would be in today in the reorder but no such luck. The comics capture the atmosphere of the show really well, as well as the style of dialogue.

The Ballad of Serenity (Firefly theme)

Take my love, take my land
Take me where I cannot stand
I don’t care, I’m still free
You can’t take the sky from me

Take me out to the black
Tell them I ain’t coming back
Burn the land and boil the sea
You can’t take the sky from me

There’s no place I can be
Since I found Serenity
But you can’t take the sky from me

(MP3 version available here)



  1. Hi Stephen,
    Enjoying reading your site – I’m fairly new to blogging and am excited about the possibilities for conversation across all kinds of boundaries (including the Tasman!). I was particularly interested to note that you recently preached on Psalm 13 and the use of lament in churches – I recently gave a couple of talks on the same passage and the same topic. Apart from Walter Brueggemann (and Sons of Korah, an Aussie band who you may be familiar with?) I struggled to find resources to help me think through the texts. I’d be very interested to know what you read as you prepared.

  2. Hi Joanna. A while back (4 years?) I did an honours level paper on Psalms (in Hebrew). As part of that I wrote an essay titled “Conflict between faith and experience in the Psalter” in which I used Ps 13 as an example. When I came to the sermon I reused some of that material plus I used a couple of commentaries (and looked at Carl Truman’s editorial “What can miserable Christians sing?” from Themelios (25, no. 2 (2000):1-3)).

    I looked at the NIVAC first volume on Psalms (Gerald H. Wilson) too. Often how those commentaries frame bridging from original meaning to contemporary context is helpful in showing one way of doing it. Sometimes I pick up their way and use it, other times I contrast against it.

    Next time around I’m thinking I might use the Front Lawn’s song “How you going?” as well. (And if I can find the bibliography to my essay I’ll try and email it to you.)

  3. Thanks very much, Stephen – I look forward to examining the bibliography in more detail. I’m currently trying to develop a paper for discussion at the planning group for my congregation on how to recognise and respond to the experience of suffering in our time together. One of the things I’m thinking about is how to make use of biblical texts like the lament psalms (other than simply preaching on them, which would be a good thing too of course!).
    I’ll keep reading your blog with interest!