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Princess Diana: icon?

In the Christian faith, an icon is understood as a window to God. Icons aren’t painted, they are written by the prayer of the iconographer, the icon then becoming an invitation to those who see it to draw closer to God. Continue reading

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Nothing on my tongue but hallelujah: thank you, Leonard Cohen

Thank you, Leonard Cohen. Rest in peace and rise in glory. Continue reading

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Leonard Cohen, Margaret Atwood, and reflections on idolatry

The broader and deeper witness of Scripture is that the instinct behind any divine directive is to protect and care for us. In other words, if God is so concerned about idolatry, then there must be something destructive about idolatry from which God is seeking to protect us. Continue reading

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Nothing left to do but sing:  The Hip’s Farewell Tour

It doesn’t feel like one person’s illness—even if they are famous—should be so newsworthy… Human mortality isn’t actually news, and it is naïve to suggest it is. And yet, “There is nothing left to do but sing.” Continue reading

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You are Awesome

I don’t look like Brad Pit, Hugh Jackman, or Liam Hemsworth. I don’t have bulging biceps or chiseled abs. I don’t have strong cheek bones or a defined jaw line. I’m not worth millions of dollars, nor do I have the adorations of fans everywhere. Continue reading

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Picturing the Self

Just recently, The Pope himself has engaged this trend. You can read a report of this here. Needless to say, this says something about the cultural weight behind this trend. After all, when both the theological and Celebrity spectrums of my twitter feed speak of the same event, you have to know there is something to it!
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Twerks and Sea Shells

I have intentionally withheld posting this for the past couple of days, wanting to see if anyone would mention Gaga’s performance. Why is Miley Cyrus shamed for her scantily clad performance, while Lady Gaga is hailed as an artist for hers? What are the complex issues involved in this? Continue reading

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Lying Little Pigs

My favorite nursery rhyme is “The Three Little Pigs.” It is a story about withstanding attack. Yet as beloved as the story is, it’s a lie isn’t it? I wonder, is the rampant desire to ‘become a celebrity’ about building brick houses and escaping blowing wolves? Continue reading

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Beyond Eternal Presence

Is beyond-death presence the same as eternal life? I find it interesting that the culture, which sometimes criticizes faith as a pie-in the-sky escapist mentality, is now grasping to recognize an existence beyond this life. Continue reading

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I am who I am

This trend toward self-criticism isn’t just damaging on an emotional level, but also on a spiritual one. Each time we compare ourselves to others, and find ourselves incomplete, we disregard the uniqueness of the person God has created us to be. Continue reading

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