Category: Books, Movies and Television


Why I teach 1984.


I feel vindicated. I have been asked countless times, "Do you still teach that?  I read it when I was in school."  This past week George Orwell's dystopian novel, Nineteen Eighty-Four, topped Amazon's bestseller list.  There is so much that recommends it.  One of the reasons everyone should read Nineteen Eighty-Four is that...

Abraham, Issac and The Walking Dead Season Premiere


Of course I watched the season 7 premier of The Walking Dead to find out whose head got smashed with Lucille, in last season's finale.  I expected Abraham because he's too much of a soldier; Rick and company need to be vulnerable in the face of Negan.  I was also prepared for Glen...

Microwave Chicken Teriyaki Jesus


I really liked Bryan F. Hurlbutt's book Tasty Jesus. In it he asserts that Western Christianity holds to various cameos of Christ that aren't accurate. This is because we tend to reconfigure Jesus to suit our personal preferences. In order to make complex cultural and philosophical ideas accessible, Hurlbutt uses food...

Time and Despair


We modern folks have a very modern view of time.   Having emptied time of transcendence, we think of it as mere chronology or sequence. Still, this sequence can be viewed optimistically; in our culture we tend to find meaning in time in terms of human progress. But there is a...

Why I am not a Conservatyve


I am not a Conservatyve because of three books. Before I get to the books, let me just say that there are a lot of intelligent liberals and conservatives who hold their views because of careful thought and research.  I'm not talking about those. I'm talking about cheap imitations. My...

You Gotta Read War and Peace!


I just finished reading War and Peace. I knew it was long, but I didn't know it was awesome! If you like stories about the two lovers finally overcoming their own pride and prejudice, like you find in Jane Austen novels, If you like stories where individuals get are overcome...

Some notes about Hollywood Films


"Can't we just watch it?!" When watching a movie in class, many of my students complain when I stop it in order to engage in a discussion of what the movie is presenting.  My response to their "Can't we just watch it?" is always, sure.  "Sure, this Friday night, in your...

Mad Max: Fury Road


I just got back from watching Mad Max: Fury Road [SPOILER ALERT]. It didn't take me too long to wonder if I had made a mistake--it's a bit over the top. The world into which we are dropped is pretty terrible--I expected it to be terrible, but not that gross....

Now those are some good lyrics . . .


I'm a big fan of Josh Garrels and his latest album, Home, was just released.  (He's giving it away! Click here to download. [Don't forget to give a tip.]) I often lament that the lyrics of so many of the songs Christians sing are artless. Not so with Josh Garrels. Here are...

The Equalizer


I just finished watching The Equalizer starring Denzel Washington. It's a movie like many in the genre. [SPOILER ALERT] There are bad guys and the good guy kills them all. The bad guys are dirty cops and various levels of the Russian mafia. They make a lot of money doing...