Redemption Stories in Culture: The Lion King

As I mentioned in my last post, I am trying to treat the year 2018 as a sort of "year of redemption." I want the theme to consume everything I write about, read, and watch. Personally, I'm working on writing a series of short stories that focus specifically on the concept (more on those later, …

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On Toxic Theologies, Part I: Let Bad Religion Die

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vdQkUb549yA With a bomb strapped to his chest With a bullhorn in her hand They both bow their heads and pray To do God's will, fulfill the faith And walk into the crowd If all the outsiders are wrong If your questions don't belong If your doubt is called a sin And you're not to …

Diotrephes

"I wrote to the church, but Diotrephes, who loves to be first, will not welcome us. So when I come, I will call attention to what he is doing, spreading malicious nonsense about us. Not satisfied with that, he even refuses to welcome other believers. He also stops those who want to do so and …

Lenting and Lamenting, Part I: The Case for Lament

As you probably already know, and as I've already discussed here, the Church is currently going through the season of Lent. Lent takes place in the 40 days leading up to Easter (which is actually technically 46 days), starting with Ash Wednesday. Those who observe Lent, usually people from the Catholic Church and mainline Protestant …