Question #2: What voices do you allow to have influence in your life? Kony 2012 is an example of marketing genius and demonstrates an effective exploitation of social media to move a story quickly and generate massive amounts of support for a cause. It raises many interesting questions if we...
During this time of year many Christians around the world begin to focus their thoughts and alter their daily practices while considering the days leading up to the death and resurrection of Christ. This is done by observing Lent. Last week, most of our attention was re-focused on another...
My two year old daughter is infatuated with Buzz Lightyear. As we walked out of the Disney store with our new Buzz Lightyear action figure, I noticed that all the other little girls were looking at princesses. I guess my daughter is special. She loves Buzz Lightyear. Anytime we ask...
Christians tend to be suspicious of the arts. It hasn’t always been that way, but the Protestant tradition in particular has always had an awkward relationship to artistic expression (as opposed to propositional statements). Some key figures in the Reformation responded to the idolatry they saw in the artistry...
I was told that I had to read The Hunger Games. So I did. Apparently, so did a lot of people. After its release in 2008, it spent three consecutive years on the New York Times bestseller list. There are reportedly 11 million copies in print, and Lionsgate is...
Yesterday I posted about the dangerous reality that even well-made, “clean” movies can teach bad things. Today I want to reverse that concept: even “bad” movies can teach good things. Stereotypically speaking, Christians decide whether a movie is “good” or “bad” based on how many swear-words, nude scenes, offensive jokes,...
My wife and I finally watched Water for Elephants. And we loved it. It’s a well-written, well-acted story about a man falling in love with a woman. Without giving too much away, the story is set during the Depression in the context of the circus. I have no idea...
So, my oldest daughter is rapidly approaching the age of 10. Which movie would you recommend she watch? (I know many of you would say she should watch neither and try to say that films are a waste of time…nice try, I am wise to your antics.) Should she watch...

Beautiful Authority

Some friends and I are giving the television show Terra Nova a chance by watching the first few episodes and there is an interesting theme surfacing early on. One of the major themes is how authority is portrayed in the show as something to be freed from and not...
Recently the Harry Potter series came to a dramatic conclusion with the final confrontation between Harry and his super evil antagonist Voldemort coming to a head.  In light of this I recently read an interesting article in Psychology Today about "the Voldemort in all of us." The basic premise was...
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