A Girardian Reading of Batman v Superman

Spoiler Alert: the "surprise" plot twist of Batman v Superman is mentioned in this post. Yesterday morning I wrote a  mostly negative review of Batman v Superman, having watched it with my family on Thursday night. I just didn't leave the theater with an overwhelming sense of enjoyment. In fact, … Read more about A Girardian Reading of Batman v Superman

Salvation in Age of Ultron

Superhero comic books---and the movies derived from them---are contemporary manifestations of mythic archetypes as old as human history. They tap into our deepest fears and give life to our highest aspirations. Far from simple escapism, these stories are a reflection of who we are and the questions … Read more about Salvation in Age of Ultron

Check Out The Cabin in the Woods

When I first saw the trailer for The Cabin in the Woods, I didn't really think much of it. It looked like another typical contemporary horror movie. But after reading several glowing reviews for it, I decided to check it out yesterday. While I wasn't as surprised by the big twist as many reviewers … Read more about Check Out The Cabin in the Woods

Praying God’s Wrath?

Every morning, Monday through Friday, there is a prayer service at Fourth Church. We read scriptures from the daily lectionary, read the day's story from the PC(USA) Mission Yearbook, and pray for members of our community and beyond. Today, one of the suggested psalms was Psalm 5, which today's … Read more about Praying God’s Wrath?

A Generation Gap: Pastors and War

Yesterday, the last US troops left Iraq after a bloody war that lasted nearly nine years. After losing almost 4500 American lives and tens of thousands of Iraqi lives---the gap between those numbers is staggering---I hope it was worth it. Reflecting on yesterday's news brought me back to 2003 and … Read more about A Generation Gap: Pastors and War