Resolved: A Neighborly 2017

If the traditional American approach to dieting and exercise doesn’t help us tame our flesh, what will?

It’s Not About You: Doctor Strange and the Dichotomy of Self

It’s not about us. And we think too little of ourselves.

Wonder, Belief, and Buddy the Elf

We all long to be awed and to believe in something beyond ourselves.

The Best Senior Christmas Murder Pageant Mystery Play Ever! (CUE APPLAUSE NOW)

This Christmas, let’s step back and consider what we are inviting the world to observe.

Family Dinner and the Presence of Christ

It’s not a religious event, per se, but it buoys my spirit to love and be loved, to place myself within a tradition of ever-present love.

You Can’t Skip Lament and Have a Happy New Year

Lament recognizes that we are pictures of the kingdom of God, not drawn to scale.

The Tragedy of Family Fences

Denzel Washington encapsulates and brings to life the character and embodiment of our own fathers with haunting authenticity. By playing one man so well, he plays millions.

Winning at Being the Worst: What the Razzies Teach Us about Creativity and Art

Full of armchair critics with penchants for lazy analysis, The Razzies stunt an audience’s ability to interact with movies instead of doing the good work of a critic.

Oscar’s Biggest Flubs

There have always been awards given out for not-so-award-worthy reasons.

Will the Church Value Video Games in 2017?

Video games offer new and meaningful systems in which to craft and critique experiences.

A Land of Lost Sidekicks in Life, Animated

Life, Animated allows us to see how a family loves each other, though they were required to take a journey they hadn’t been expecting.

God and the ‘Others’: Loving in Difference

If we know we are called to care for people—to get in the trenches with them—why is it so easy to convince ourselves not to?

We Are Frail: Rich Mullins and the Human Condition

It’s one thing to be stuck in a trench, but it’s exhausting to expect perfection of your fellow soldier, slogging in the same mud as you.

Overcoming Passivity to Be God’s Peacemakers

The life of the peacemaker is full of grace and work, urgency and patience, purpose and hope. May it be so for us.

Getting Down in the Trenches

When people sell everything and seek first the Kingdom, the result is a glorious, chaotic mess of lives, all wrapped up together.

Augmented Peace and Virtual Shalom

Technology promises to give us our own personal utopia. But is that better than God’s shalom?