Watching awards shows is all about having the right expectations going in: you know already that it’s going to be an orgy of self-congratulation. You know that people are going to use their acceptance speeches to highlight or push (depending on your perspective) their favorite causes—although I can’t say I was expecting someone to use the slogan “workers of the world unite.”
From the first time I saw a trailer for Netflix’ Messiah, I wondered how they were going to bring it to a conclusion. It seemed that there were only two possibilities: either the main protagonist is the Messiah, or he is some kind of charlatan. Is he a fraud? Is he some kind of cult leader, or maybe a terrorist? Or is he actually the second coming of Jesus?
I have a complicated relationship with David Bazan’s music. I’ve probably seen Pedro the Lion/David Bazan in concert more than I’ve seen any other musician and I have nearly all his band and solo albums. I’ve followed his very public trajectory from conflicted “Christian” artist to denial of what he sees as the message of the Bible and of Christianity. In a very real way, I’ve grown up with his music (he’s about three years older than I am).
There are very few better than Michael Crichton when it comes to warning about the numerous ways that […]
He heard it a million times from his mom; son of God, born of a virgin. When he was younger, he did not really know what all those words meant. Everyone was nice to him and he had a special place when they went to temple. He remembered the old men looking at him with tears in their eyes, and the widows would touch his little shoulder when he walked by. They told him that he was born of the Spirit, and there was much he would do in his lifetime. When he was little, he tried to imagine what it was he would get to do.
Raising children today isn’t easy – nor is taking care of yourself all that easy either, but nobody ever said it was going to be easy. I know you and other people have heard this before, but have you listened to this advice. Why? Well, I have a couple of questions for you. Do you talk with your kids about the stuff going on with the world we live in?
Time and time again, in Christian circles, it is common to hear phrases like, “You are special,” “God […]
I caught myself saying something I couldn’t believe I said to myself. It concerned the truth – as […]
Abrupt endings to movies used to bother me. I wanted a neat, wrapped-together conclusion that answered at least […]
By Paul Koch – The gathering together of God’s people in one place for worship is one of […]