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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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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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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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John Calvin on Self-Knowledge

From my favorite new blog, Reboot Christianity, a quick quote from the first chapter of Calvin’s Insitutes:

“Without knowledge of self, there is no knowledge of God. Our wisdom, insofar as it ought to be deemed true and solid wisdom, consists almost entirely of two parts: the knowledge of God and of ourselves. But as these are connected by many ties, it is not easy to determine which of the two precedes and gives birth to the other.”

p.s. I highly, highly recommend their series on Cognitive Biases in Christians.