But Am I?

I had a job interview a couple of days ago. As the potential job involved a Christian website, I was asked about my theology during the interview. Based on my academic background and my church affiliation, the interviewer asked if I was Baptist, which I affirmed. However, after the discussion, the question kept popping into … Continue reading But Am I?

The Artist-Pastor Identity Crisis, Part 2

I was talking with a coworker recently. An English major when he was in college who loves writing stories and reading Dostoevsky, he is now studying at the seminary in order to hopefully plant a church overseas someday. We spoke of stories we liked and environments that seemed to inspire us, like gothic buildings and … Continue reading The Artist-Pastor Identity Crisis, Part 2

Cinema Gothic: The 1950s

In the 1950s, Universal ventured into new waters with The Creature from the Black Lagoon, while a small studio in England reinvented the characters that had made Universal great for a new generation.

Cinema Gothic: The 1940s

Even as the world faced its own terrors with the most expansive war in history, Hollywood continued to make modes of escape, even if it had to slash budgets to do so. Smaller budgets, however, did not prevent some real gems from emerging.

The Gospel, The Cathedral, and the Dracula Blu-Ray

We long for a restoration like this in our world. We look around and see so much beauty in the world, but we also know that it isn't what it could be, what it should be. It is but a shadow of what once was.

A Hint of Eternal Truths

"We are trying to get to heaven. That’s what life is about, and that’s what any good story is about. Every story begins with Creation and ends with the Last Judgment. Every author is trying to achieve the Incarnation, trying to make the Word into flesh. Every author puts his characters to the test. There … Continue reading A Hint of Eternal Truths

An Attraction to Loveliness

"It is this attraction to loveliness that lies at the heart of nurturing soul.  God has made us to be drawn to the beautiful.  So often the divide between children who have full souls and those who don't lies here with the pursuit of beauty.  The serious pursuit of beauty, for both children and adults, … Continue reading An Attraction to Loveliness