Frozen & The Great Spring to Come

Saw Frozen last night with the family, and it struck me that the climax of the movie is actually a fairly good picture of the substitutionary atonement of Jesus — not perfect, but pretty good. If you haven’t seen the movie, and don’t want to spoil it, you’d probably want to stop reading this post…

One Big Porn Shop

“Ye adulterers and adultressess know ye not that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God. Do ye think the scripture says in vain: The Spirit that dwells in us yearns jealously?” (Js. 4:4-5) John says something similar: “Do not love…

Learning to Hate

“I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes: I hate the work of them that turn aside; it shall not cleave to me.” (Ps. 101:3) When Jesus wrote the church in Ephesus, He said, “I know your works, your labor, your patience, that you cannot bear those who are evil…” He goes on to…

Still Twitching

Christians will always be for a “third way.” Individual Christians may be members of particular political parties, organizations, cultures, denominations, associations, whatever, but they do so always tentatively, with relative loyalty to the party. Our citizenship is in heaven. We are colonists of another Empire. We are here to establish that Kingdom and its norms,…

The Cruciform Heart of the Arts

Part of the challenge of addressing the topic of Christians and the Arts is that Art and Beauty are some of the biggest idols in our day. Consider the fashion industry, movies, video games, theater, and popular music. Even sports have enormous aesthetic angles with their paraphernalia and nicknacks. You can tell the gods a culture…

Les Mis Ain’t the Gospel (or Grumpy People Don’t Go to Heaven)

Just saw the new Les Mis with Hugh Jackman a week or so back since everybody seems to be a buzz about it, and here are my thoughts. First of all, I didn’t hate it. I didn’t throw popcorn. I didn’t fall asleep. And I don’t think it was a horrible movie. But I didn’t cry, wasn’t…

Cute Mormon Secularists

So my wife and I schlepped our way through one of the more recent offerings in the “romantic comedy” genre last night. Turned the first one off out of pure boredom (despite the reputations of the actors). The one we actually watched was only slightly better, but the fact that casual sex was presented in…

A Desert of Sterile Egoism

David Bentley Hart writes: I suppose I should have seen it coming. It’s the fashion of the moment. Ayn Rand and her idiotic “Objectivism” are enjoying a—well, I won’t call it a renaissance, so let’s say a recrudescence. Suddenly she is everywhere. In the stock television footage of Tea Party rallies, there she always is…

My Brothers

This is a short clip my brother Andy filmed and edited and submitted to a film fest, starring my youngest brother, Jeremy.

Drag Me to Hell

I’m not usually into these sorts of flicks, but this review has me fairly intrigued. Father Toms writes: The title of the film hints that some of its characters are in danger of being dragged to hell. In the Bible, hell is often presented as something that devours, swallows—something that has a belly. Interestingly, the…