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    Everybody Touch Somebody: Glory & Grace in Last Chance U

    Everybody Touch Somebody: Glory & Grace in Last Chance U

    The very first shot of the second season of Netflix’s documentary series Last Chance U shows a hot Mississippi sun peeking out through trees. The second shot is of a small church near the rural town of Scooba. The third shot is also of a church, while the audio of a preacher addressing his congregation […]

    Another Week Ends: Empathy Gadgets, Billy Joel, Axl Rose, Campus Sinners, Finnish Sports, and an Arvo Pärty

    Another Week Ends: Empathy Gadgets, Billy Joel, Axl Rose, Campus Sinners, Finnish Sports, and an Arvo Pärty

    The biggest news of the week is, of course, the news that Mbird is hosting a Reformation Conference in D.C. this October! Check out the conference page for details, mark your calendars for October 27-28, and get ready celebrate 500 years of the Christian tradition we love so much. Now: onto our regular wrap-up. 1. […]

    Mining Netflix: Lion (2016)

    Mining Netflix: Lion (2016)

    In the Mining Netflix series, we usually post the best of the internet’s films that didn’t get a wide release, or didn’t have a big marketing budget. Not the hipster obscure films, but the good stuff that falls through the cracks, movies most folks might not have had a chance to see. To feature 2016’s […]

    Acceptance is the Difference Between Evaluation and Condemnation

    Acceptance is the Difference Between Evaluation and Condemnation

    This passage comes to us from John Jacob Raub’s 1992 book, Who Told You That You Were Naked: Freedom from Judgment, Guilt and Fear of Punishment. Raub is a Trappist Monk from the Abbey of Gethsemani, the abbey Thomas Merton called home. The book, so far, is a deep dive into the helpful waters of […]

    Old Ways and New Ways in Master of None Season 2

    Old Ways and New Ways in Master of None Season 2

    Bust out the Italo and pull out your pasta makers! Aziz Ansari’s Netflix project Master of None is back for season two, exploring the difficulties of love and relationships in 2017. The show continues with storytelling inspired by Aziz’s Modern Romance research project, a book we loved so much that we invited co-author Eric Klinenberg […]

    A New Musical, an Old Story: Amélie on Broadway

    A New Musical, an Old Story: Amélie on Broadway

    Readers of the blog may be familiar with the 2001 French film Amélie, an indie love story powered by actor Audrey Tautou’s impish smile and director Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s whimsical storytelling. It’s on Netflix right now–if you’ve got time this week, put the kids to bed, snuggle up with a loved one, pop open a bottle of wine, and enjoy a […]

    Hopelessly Devoted: Ezekiel Thirty-Seven Verses Four Through Six

    Hopelessly Devoted: Ezekiel Thirty-Seven Verses Four Through Six

    Then he said to me, “Prophesy to these bones and say to them, ‘Dry bones, hear the word of the Lord! This is what the Sovereign Lord says to these bones: I will make breath enter you, and you will come to life. I will attach tendons to you and make flesh come upon you and cover you with […]

    Fear Models and Clean Antennae: Pete Holmes on Fresh Air

    Fear Models and Clean Antennae: Pete Holmes on Fresh Air

    Another TV season, another bid for our wallets. HBO is making its case this season with comic Pete Holmes and Judd Apatow’s latest, Crashing. Holmes is famous for his standup comedy and “You Made It Weird” podcast (see our writeup), and his biography of “almost-youth-minister-turned-comic” is one for the annals of Christendom. Fewer ex(?) Evangelicals have articulated so […]

    Internet Trolls Have a Case of the Mondays

    Internet Trolls Have a Case of the Mondays

    A doozie of an article from the WSJ last week, provocatively titled, “We’re All Internet Trolls (Sometimes).” The piece highlights recent research out of Stanford and Cornell on the patterns and habits of internet trolling. Like any study of taboo topics, the research has its own missing pieces, but some of the findings are, frankly, revealing: […]

    Rogue One: Moral Licensing and a Father's Love

    Rogue One: Moral Licensing and a Father’s Love

    Bust out your bagel-hair earmuffs and blast the John Williams! The latest installment of the Star Wars Universe, Rogue One, blasted its way into theaters this weekend. On the podcast last year, I noted my disappointment with Ep. VII, particularly derivative plot and narrative callbacks. Rogue One was the droid I was looking for. A […]

    An Election Cycle Ends: Deeper Identities, Social Media Bandwith, Listening Ears, Sore Knees, and the Last Three Verses of Amazing Grace

    An Election Cycle Ends: Deeper Identities, Social Media Bandwith, Listening Ears, Sore Knees, and the Last Three Verses of Amazing Grace

    It’s been two weeks since the election ended, though you wouldn’t necessarily guess it from the way election coverage has continued. DZ already covered some initial thoughts on the results, understanding our collective emotional turmoil from a lens of low anthropology. Since then, the vote has been dissected and discussed thousands of ways, and believe it or […]

    The Duty vs. the Desire to Punish

    The Duty vs. the Desire to Punish

    A brief review of the Persistent Widow parable from Luke 18, which many folks heard at church this past Sunday. It’s a short little parable of a widow with a just grievance. The local judge, however, is corrupt, and he refuses to hear the case. So the widow relentlessly pesters the judge until he finally agrees to […]