Living the Gospel

Those who have been saved by Jesus are left with a common call: be citizens of his kingdom in our present world. Our faith is spilled out in our actions. This is not in an attempt to save ourselves, but to be ambassadors of Jesus’ kingdom.

The Good King

(The Year is a series of occasional reflections on the Sundays and Holy Days of the church calendar, featuring scripture readings from the Revised Common Lectionary.) Readings: Daniel 7:9-14 | Psalm 93 | Revelation 1:4b-8 | John 18:33-37 To him was given dominion and glory and kingship,that all peoples, nations, and languages should serve him.His dominion is an…

Halloween and the Victory of Christ

(I was recently asked to write a post on Halloween and Christianity for the good folks over at the Institute for Christian Psychology. I don’t have a ton of background in psychology, myself, except for frequently dealing with low-grade depression and experiencing seasonal depression every winter. Still, because of this, the truths that Halloween and…

Advent 3: Joy?

It’s easy to get depressed when circumstances don’t go as we plan. Happiness in wavering, though. What we must rest on is joy.

Politics, Compassion, and Understanding

The political season is once again upon us and, unfortunately, it’s unavoidable. Our internet feeds and news programs inundate us with the latest poison rhetoric from the candidates–the loudest ones, at least. We finally reach November and are so sick of the whole mess of it that we vote for the “lesser of two evils”…

Ghosts

“There are more things in heaven and on earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in our philosophy.” – Hamlet (William Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Act 1, scene 5) It’s a phenomenon at least as old as written history. You’re alone in a house, and yet you don’t feel alone. You see a shadow, or perhaps a strange reflection…

Cinema Gothic: The 21st Century

From ghosts and demons to psychosis and the mysteries lying in-between, these are tales for our generation that harken back to classics past.

Cinema Gothic: The 1990s

The 1990s began with some award-winning masterpieces, followed by international films that would shape the future of the genre.

Cinema Gothic: The 1980s

The 1980s were dominated by low-budget bloodbaths, but a handful of stylish, A-rate productions went against the tide and still stand today as amazing cinematic contributions to the genre.

Cinema Gothic: The 1970s

The 1970s featured a surprisingly direct approach to spiritual warfare shown in now legendary pictures like several of these films.