Art & Culture

Speak His Name

BY VALERIE LOCKLAIR

Shazam, the newest superhero rebooted by DC Comics, comes into existence through the power of one name—a name so powerful that, if uttered by one who is pure of heart, will allow the speaker to transform into the ideal man displaying the paragon virtues of wisdom, strength, stamina, courage, and speed.

Speak His Name

Not Today

BY BROR ERICKSON

One of the great themes of the Game of Thrones is the personification of Death, most concretely in the form of the Night King, supreme commander of the blue-eyed nightwalkers. Arya Stark, Eddard Stark's third child, is catechized early in the cult of Death by her fencing instructor, Syrio Forel, the First Sword of Braavos.

Not Today

I Believe In Yesterday

BY BRANDON HANSON

For many, “Yesterday" by The Beatles is a poignant and powerful song. It is one of, if not the most, covered songs by the Beatles. It brings back memories of regret, remorse, heartache, and heartbreak. Why do we like this song so much if it seems to cause us such pain?

I Believe In Yesterday

Jon Snow And Romans Seven

BY BROR ERICKSON

George R.R. Martin is famous for not allowing us much hope in his characters. The heroes all die. Some storytellers are incensed for the way he plays with the hopes of his readers. He certainly hasn't set out to tell the conventional story, where good wins and evil loses, though we all keep hoping good wins out.

Jon Snow And Romans Seven

Grace & The Umbrella Academy

BY BLAKE FLATTLEY

Netflix just recently released a series called The Umbrella Academy, another comic book series adapted for screen. The first season is all about warding off the impending apocalypse. If you haven’t seen the show, I’ll do my best not to spoil it for you.

Grace & The Umbrella Academy

Be Counter-Cultural: Preach the Cross

BY ERICK SORENSEN

Right now (and I would add, for quite some time) there has been a debate within Christianity about the whole issue of culture. What I mean is if you open up any Christian magazine or website, chances are you are going to find thoughtful (and unthoughtful) Christians dealing with the question of how we are to deal with the culture around us.

Be Counter-Cultural: Preach the Cross

The Brown-Skinned Racist

BY JESSICA DELGADO

I’ve never been more consciously aware of the color of my skin than I am right now. I’ve never been more in awe, more afraid, more grateful for the dosage of melanin that belongs to me. Yet, for all my cherishing, I’m still trying to figure it out.

The Brown-Skinned Racist

"They Don't Deserve You"

BY PAUL DUNK

As Wonder Woman hit theatres earlier this month and the reviews poured in, many of them carried the same sentiment: she’s the only hero in the DCEU thus far who hasn’t induced mixed feelings from the fans of the genre but instead has received near universal applause for getting the character right.

"They Don't Deserve You"

Five Things I Need In A Church

BY MARIAH COWARD

Finding a church can be one of the most grueling, strenuous, arduous, laborious, harsh, stressful, and complicated processes for Christians. [See how many synonyms I used there? That means it’s real hard.]

Five Things I Need In A Church

The Righteous Revenant’s Revenge

BY BRAD GRAY

As an avid movie-goer, one of the ways Scripture comes alive for me is to picture the stories as if they were scenes and beats from a live-action movie. Granted, Hollywood’s recent cinematic foray into the biblical narrative haven’t been too sincere to the source material.

The Righteous Revenant’s Revenge

Interpreting Reality Through Redemption

BY BRAD GRAY

If you know me in the least, then you know of my fondness for the 2010 film Inception. Christopher Nolan’s enigmatic opus is perpetually rewatchable and endlessly compelling.

Interpreting Reality Through Redemption

Banjaxed

BY BRUCE HILLMAN

Stephen Fry, the English actor, author and game show host once disparaged the “grammar Nazis” who felt it necessary to enforce all the rules of language...

Banjaxed

Episode 26: Grace & Homosexuality w/ Preston Sprinkle

Daniel and Brandon are joined by Preston Sprinkle to discuss the Bible, homosexuality, grace and other ideas in his new book People To Be Loved. In what ways has the church failed on this and how can we do better. Have a listen.

Episode 26: Grace & Homosexuality w/ Preston Sprinkle

The Terrible Search

BY PAUL DUNK

Recently at the Golden Globes, Jim Carrey took to the stage to present the award for Best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy. Though his short, humorous speech got a lot of people laughing but...

The Terrible Search

The Gospel According To Rudolph

BY DANIEL EMERY PRICE

We all love a good story when the underdog comes out on top. We love Rocky winning the title round, Hoosiers taking the championship, Luke Skywalker blowing up the Death Star, and yes, even Rudolph guiding Santa’s sleigh in the fog.

The Gospel According To Rudolph

Grace Has Come (Free Music & Interview)

BY RJ GRUNEWALD

I happen to work at our congregation that has some incredible artists, who like you love good Law-Gospel theology and they have been gracious enough to share this all for free.

Grace Has Come (Free Music & Interview)

EPISODE 23: Law and Gospel, Going To Church and Forgiving Yourself with Dave Zahl

Daniel and Brandon are joined by Mocking Bird's Dave Zahl to talk about Law and Gospel, going to church in the internet age and a whole lot more. Have a listen.

EPISODE 23: Law and Gospel, Going To Church and Forgiving Yourself with Dave Zahl

On Getting Rid Of Sad People

BY PAUL DUNK

Last night our family watched Pixar's Inside Out and yes, I'm very late to that Pixar party. I enjoyed the film. The personification of Joy and Sadness was extraordinary. Joy was constantly on damage control, constantly refusing to allow Sadness to have a place in Riley's life.

On Getting Rid Of Sad People