Are our lives, like those of fairy-tale characters, pre-determined? Do we take Paul’s statement about predestination in Ephesians chapter 1 as amounting to nothing more than a fait accompli? How do we Read the Bible as living and active text for our lives? Continue reading
American Horror Story. The Walking Dead. Dating Naked. From the blood and guts of modern television and action movies to the scantily clad hunks and hotties of celebrity magazines; how does popular entertainment effect us spiritually? Continue reading
It occurred to me the other day that the popular television show ‘The Big Bang Theory’ contains a lot of similarities to the 90’s break out hit ‘Friends’. There is, however, one notable difference: The Big Bang Theory is a better show. Continue reading
For while Emma’s role as saviour of Storybrooke is merely a literary device, we remember the one who actually came to dwell amidst his people. Continue reading
What does it mean to be redeemed? Is redemption something that we win for ourselves, or is it something that is handed to us? Furthermore, once we receive such redemption, what are the instances and reasons for which that redemption could be lost? Are the plot devices of these reality shows highlighting a deeper and spiritual question? Continue reading
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After a sermon a few weeks ago, a parishioner quipped, “Don’t you have anything better to do?” This comment was jovial in nature. It was not meant as a jeer or insult in any way. However, it donned on me that perhaps it would be prudent to write about why I take so much time to understand pop culture. Continue reading
There are a lot of television shows that deal with the topics of love, forgiveness, and redemption. However, for my taste, none have done so as poignantly or beautifully as the recently ended series “Fringe.” Continue reading
I was looking forward to seeing how a seminary student would handle the murky morality of Reality TV. How would his or her faith be presented in this show? More specifically, how would someone, presumably in their formative years of life, express their devotion to God and their call to ministry as they schemed, strategized, and battled their way towards one millions dollars?
Our snarky remarks and snide comments subtly suggest that the individual we ridicule is not worth God’s time, effort, or love.
As a self-appointed ‘Reality-TV nut’, this is what I have been waiting for. I finally have a chance to be a reality TV star! Can you imagine? Continue reading