Archive for the ‘Media’ Category

The Hidden Theology of ‘What Not to Wear’

Recently, while feeling sick and unable to sleep, I got out of bed around 2:00 a.m. and decided to pass the time with some Netflix, settling on a couple of episodes of TLC’s What Not to Wear from season nine. I initially picked it because I wanted something somewhat mindless to watch. After a while,...
November 20th, 2013 | Culture, Media, Religion, Television | Read More

I’ll Save My Gucci For Sundays

A smashing outfit is worth a thousand words. I buy what “fits my image” and dress to “make a statement.” Apparel advertising buttons our identity to our body. It encourages self-expression through something visual that we create or select with the cooperation of our minds and our hands. For that...
November 7th, 2013 | Art & Literature, Church | Read More

Villainy and Valor: The Superhero Obsession

From Batman to Iron Man, Superman to Spiderman, our society has become obsessed with superheroes. It’s not just a kid thing anymore. Whether it’s because of the special effects or the romantic elements, people flock to the theaters for any movie that involves a caped (or suited) crusader risking...
November 5th, 2013 | Culture, Media | Read More

Rethinking Individuality: Family in A Tale of Two Cities

When my grandmother was growing up in a foster home she did not live the life that she imagined. She did not have nice clothes, nor did she have many friends because her speech impediment set her apart. She went through so much hardship that I could never understand. As a child reflecting on this, I...
November 4th, 2013 | Art & Literature | Read More

Loving Your Enemies in Ender’s Game

Jesus commanded us to love our enemies. How can we love them if we don’t understand them, if we don’t take the time to know them? In the novel Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card, Ender Wiggin unintentionally learns the best way to love one’s enemies, and he never forgets it. Though just a child...
November 1st, 2013 | Book Reviews, Culture | Read More

Let Writers Be Unashamed of Having Homemade Imaginations

In my last article, I gave a broad overview of interest-based living .  This follows with a specific instance of an unfolding interest that has actually resulted deeper immersion in my communities and greater liberty as an artist. Writing strong short stories is a recent interest of mine, but it is...
October 28th, 2013 | Art & Literature | Read More

Take Up Your Hobbies and Follow Christ

 “You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored?” Matthew 5:13, ESV This is where I get the beginnings of my theology of nurture and pampering. In context, this culinary analogy is pointing to the fact that certain human communities (*ahem* Israel)...
October 24th, 2013 | Art & Literature, Culture | Read More

Heisenberg in the Mirror

I did it for myself. I liked it. It was good. It made me feel alive. -Walter White from Breaking Bad In the beginning of Paradise Lost John Milton describes Lucifer after his fall from Heaven: O how fall’n! Who in happy realms of light clothed with transcendent brightness did outshine Myriads…now...
October 16th, 2013 | Television | Read More

Learning to Love Others Through LOST

Though we were made to live in relationships with others, many people go through life alone. They have jobs and friends and interact with others, maybe on a daily basis even, but they never really let anyone close to them. No one knows their secrets, and they face all of their struggles, internal and...
October 7th, 2013 | Culture, Television | Read More

Photography is Fear of the Passing Moment

I’ve never seen the Mona Lisa. At the Louvre, I shuffled in among the crowd and funneled down close to it. There, in my fear of the passing moment, I took a picture of the canvas. It must have been fifteen feet from me, but I never actually looked directly at the masterpiece. The photograph, a...
September 23rd, 2013 | Art & Literature | Read More