Paddleton perfectly captures what it looks and feels like to leisurely plod alongside a dear friend; the deep camaraderie causing the heart to swell. But Michael’s cancer and euthanasia decision takes that same heart and shatters it into a million pieces.
The excerpt below is the beginning of T.S Eliot’s conversion poem Ash Wednesday. Noted as one of his best works, Eliot shows his internal struggle for hope in the midst of despair through deep and beautiful imagery. What he concludes is paradoxically both complex and simple - in all of his intellectual wanderings, philosophical gymnastics,... Continue Reading →
In the game Jenga, players pull foundational wooden blocks from a block tower and place them strategically back on top. The tower gets higher and weaker, and all it takes is one misplaced block to bring it all tumbling down. If you’ve never played Jenga, but think you’d enjoy seeing the disastrous toppling of a poorly built design, look no further than the Netflix documentary Fyre.
Yes, dear friends, our winter playlist is here at last! Compiled with love and guaranteed to warm the cockles of your heart. So pop those headphones on and get ready to lose yourself in the frosty delight of these musical twists and turns.
Heikkinen reminds us that God’s love “doesn’t leak.” It’s unconditional and binding and has zero chance of leaving us because we have been hidden with Christ. “As a Christian,” Heikkinen says, “what you are called to do always flows from what Jesus has already done.”
The few days after December 25th may be some of the strangest days of the year with the climax of Christmas behind us and the dreary winter months ahead. At least for me, the heightened expectation of gifts and family is now replaced by a melancholy nonchalance accompanied by the looming question of "what do we do now?"
We wanted to compile a list of movies that get at the real heart of the Advent season. Some take place in a Christmas setting but the majority are probably the most un-Christmassy Christmas movies you’ve ever heard of. So toss a yule log on the fire, grab the popcorn, and snuggle up under a blanket – here are our top picks.
Recently, I received a bit of an Advent jolt thanks to art critic and theologian Dan Siedell. In his book Who's Afraid of Modern Art?: Essays on Modern Art and Theology in Conversation, Seidell tells the engrossing story of the controversy surrounding the work below: The image, created by American artist Andrés Serrano, seems rather innocuous –... Continue Reading →
Buster Scruggs forces us to look at ourselves and state the facts: the relationships you have, break, and start, the journey you’re on, the goals you’ve set, the places you’ve been, the home you’ve built and the plans you make have no bearing on the fact that you’re going to die. At the end of the movie, it’s like the directors chuckle as they peer into the hearts of their viewers and smugly say, “What? We’re just being honest.”