About Lynn MacDougall

Living in Annapolis, MD for right now - I'm wife to Gregg, mom to Micaela. Detoxing from "religion" and hanging on hard to Christ. Nothing else much matters.

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    Suspicious Communities and Hopeful Vicars in BBC’s Broadchurch

    Suspicious Communities and Hopeful Vicars in BBC’s Broadchurch

    I am still recovering. This hasn’t happened in awhile. For a variety of reasons our family was home all summer in the delicious humidity which is Annapolis. I’m pretty sure I watched more BBC in two months than I have in my entire life. Yet nothing gripped me enough to write. Until now. Until Broadchurch. Two times through the series in a week. About 11 hours glued to the computer. I am still reeling from devastation.

    Yes, it’s one in a multitude about the murder of a child and the search for a killer. This takes place in the gorgeous cliff…

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    “He Will Be a God to Them”: The Confused Christology of the Man of Steel

    “He Will Be a God to Them”: The Confused Christology of the Man of Steel

    Despite the warnings on Rotten Tomatoes, I found myself in the theater watching Man of Steel. I’d decided this was the film I wanted to see on my birthday and, critics be darned, I was gonna see it. Really should have listened to the critics this time.

    For some reason I’ve been obsessed with superhero films recently. This is a genre to which I’ve not given an iota of attention or respect. Fantasy has always been a serious favorite, then somehow I began to dabble in other arenas. I could blame Chris Nolan, or I could blame my “sons” (my husband…

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    What’s Love Got To Do With It?

    What’s Love Got To Do With It?

    “And I want love to change my friends to enemies, change My friends to enemies, and show me how its all my fault … And I won’t let love disrupt, corrupt, or interrupt me” – Jack White in “Love Interruption”

    I’ve been struggling these past months, through and past Lent and into Eastertide, with what it means to love. There’s no hiddenness on the subject in Scripture–”By this we know love, that He laid down His life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers.” This among multiple other passages.

    At the same time, we live with…

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    Of Wolves and Tax Forms: A Lenten Devotion

    Of Wolves and Tax Forms: A Lenten Devotion

    “There are wolves at my door, Father. Wolves that exist, and ones I imagine. They want to come in, and rend me.  They snuff at the foot of the door, and paw at the windows. This little hovel I fill threatens to give way to their press. I am never free from them, or from the worry of them. When I sleep, I run from them, and I feel their breath on my face. While I am awake,  I give myself over to thoughts of them. Some of them are real … sickness, pain, fear, hurry, rejection,…

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    Keep Calm and Call the Midwife

    Keep Calm and Call the Midwife

    “But does the church preach that salty message? Not as I hear it, it doesn’t. It preaches nutra-sweet religion of test-passing, which is the only thing the world is ready to buy and which isn’t even real sugar let alone salt. In spite of all our fakery, though, Jesus’ program remains firm. He saves losers and only losers. He raises the dead and only the dead. And he rejoices more over the last, the least, and the little than over all the winners in the world. That alone is what this losing race of ours needs to…

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    Looking Inward, East of Eden: How a Soul Feels Its Worth

    Looking Inward, East of Eden: How a Soul Feels Its Worth

    I think this is the best-known story in the world because it is everybody’s story.  I think it is the symbol story of the human soul … the greatest terror a child can have is that he is not loved, and rejection is the hell he fears.

    My past two weeks, per usual, have been spent with several college students, weeping, ranting, emoting. A constant theme is the irrational fear of not being loved, of being rejected and then…being alone…forever.  One student has such deep-rooted anxiety about being alone that she has panic attacks unless someone, anyone, is…

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    Coming Soon to Theaters: The Christmas Love of Les Mis

    Coming Soon to Theaters: The Christmas Love of Les Mis

    “Blessed are the merciful; for they shall obtain mercy” (Matt. 5:7).

    In the MacDougall house we are waiting with bated breath for tickets to go on sale. No, we’re not Twihards. We’re talking Les Miserables. The new movie/musical comes out Christmas Day. We might spend the whole day in the theater and what better way to celebrate Christmas humility of “Love come down”?

    Les Miserables is, of course, one of the finest literary works of all time, the greatest musical of all time (my opinion, also held by most rational people), and an extraordinary illustration of law and grace, not to mention…

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