Posts tagged "Michael Belote"

Everything Is Awesome: Grace in The LEGO Movie

Everything Is Awesome: Grace in The LEGO Movie

Some thoughts on grace and the new LEGO movie come from Michael Belote, author of the wonderful reboot:Christianity blog and author of Rise of the Time Lords, doubtless the best (review here) geeky intro to Christian doctrine available.

Something weird is happening in Hollywood. Just four months ago, the world was introduced to Frozen, a children’s movie chock-full of theological nuance. As I wrote at the time, I felt like this was the best religious movie in years, and figured it would be quite a while until I saw something similar.

Boy was I wrong.

A few weeks ago, I took my sons (who are…

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Mockingbird at the Movies: Sin and Redemption in Frozen

Mockingbird at the Movies: Sin and Redemption in Frozen

This reflection on redemption ‘in practice’ in Disney’s movie Frozen comes from our friend Michael Belote, first posted on his blog Reboot Christianity. (And while we’re on the subject of illustrations/examples for Christianity, we couldn’t recommend more highly his Geek’s Guide to Christianity.)

Every year on Black Friday, my wife goes shopping and the boys and I go to my parents’ house. We watch some football, eat some leftovers, play some video games, and (usually) go to a movie. This year we went and saw the best theology-rich movie in years.

Seriously, this movie was amazing. It was poignant, subtle, brilliantly directed…

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Rise of the Time Lords: A Geek’s Guide to Christianity

Rise of the Time Lords: A Geek’s Guide to Christianity

What do failed stars, Firefly, and engineering specifications have in common? About as random as mustard plants, or misplaced coins. In (sometimes Mbird contributor) Michael Belote’s new book, the hilariously named Rise of the Time Lords: A Geek’s Guide to Christianity, all things geeky, from supply-and-demand to the Theory of Relativity, illustrate the old, Christian story. More than that, all of his illustrations are spot-on: that is, they not only make points, but also they deepen the doctrinal positions that people more than familiar with incurvatus in se – but perhaps less familiar with stellar gravity – already “know.” The theology in…

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Engineering Specifications, Bell Curve Holiness and the Gospel

Engineering Specifications, Bell Curve Holiness and the Gospel

This one comes to us from our friend Michael Belote of Reboot Christianity (who recently published a terrific write-up of Game of Thrones, btw):

Earlier this week, I found myself groggily trying to explain the concepts of engineering specifications and process controls to a Danish colleague via conference call at 5 am. About halfway through, it occurred to me how well this could serve as an extended metaphor for the Gospel. Bear with me.

Let’s pretend that you are an engineer helping to design a bridge. Your part of the project is to specify and oversee the incoming quality of the structural…

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The Hideous Beloved: A Short Meditation on Beauty and the Beast

The Hideous Beloved: A Short Meditation on Beauty and the Beast

This reflection comes from Mockingbird friend Michael Belote.

My family recently returned from a trip to Disneyworld. While we were at Animal Kingdom, we attended (mostly for my wife’s sake) a stage performance of Beauty and the Beast.

Believe it or not, I had never actually seen or read the entire story. I knew from flipping through channels, the infamous Meatloaf music video, and memorabilia commercials. I could piece together a love story with a pretty girl, an ugly animal, and singing cutlery. That was basically all I knew.

Watching the play, though, I could not help but be impressed with the beautiful…

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Spiritual Entropy, or: The Second Law of Thermodynamics and the Fallacy of Self-Help Christianity

Spiritual Entropy, or: The Second Law of Thermodynamics and the Fallacy of Self-Help Christianity

We couldn’t be more excited to have another guest post from Michael Belote of Reboot Christianity. This time, he talks about “spiritual entropy” – the idea that our lives tend to become less organized or “together” as time goes on:

Scientists have a crucial insight about the world when they talk about entropy, that is, a system’s tendency to become more disorganized over time. It certainly applies to our inner lives. To explain what I mean, I have to start with a little science lesson.

One of the most important subjects to an engineer is that of thermodynamics – the study of…

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Why My Back Door Still Isn’t Fixed, or: Project Management and the Human Condition

Why My Back Door Still Isn’t Fixed, or: Project Management and the Human Condition

For those of us wondering why our back door isn’t fixed, ex-project manager and Mockingbird friend Michael Belote of Reboot Christianity offers a reflection on project management and the spiritual condition:

When I was going for my graduate degree in engineering, one of the things we studied was project management. Afterwards, I served as a project engineer for my first job. Both in the classroom and later in my job, we found the same thing to be true: you must plan for failure in any human endeavor.

In project management, we say that every project must balance Quality, Cost, and Schedule. You…

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Jupiter, Failed Stars and the Spiritual Condition

Jupiter, Failed Stars and the Spiritual Condition

We’re excited to present a little piece of interstellar theology from someone who actually knows something about it, Michael Belote of the excellent Reboot Christianity blog:

Earlier today, my wife mentioned hearing that Jupiter was a “failed” star. She asked me, perhaps unwisely, to elaborate. It’s actually a pretty interesting point, one which I think has a spiritual dimension that I will go into shortly. But you may have to sit through a little bit of science before I draw the spiritual connection.

So the existing theory about how stars form is as follows: in certain parts of the universe there are…

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Fat Children Took My Life

Fat Children Took My Life

A provocative piece on the obesity epidemic via Slate’s new Hive project, in which author Daniel Engbar compiles a startling amount of data about the ineffectiveness of ‘tough love’ when it comes to dealing with this issue. In fact, the evidence of “the law increasing the trespass” (Romans 5:20) is pretty egregious here. A classic example of the civil use of the law (healthy weight being undeniably in the best interest of individuals and society as whole) backfiring completely, i.e. regardless of the intention, the law in this area is only ever heard/received in its moral capacity, therefore producing its…

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