I Need The Darkness

John Donne, "A Hymn To Christ, At The Author's Last Going Into Germany" Churches are best for prayer, that have least light; To see God only, I go out of sight; And to escape stormy days, I choose An everlasting night. C.S. Lewis, Till We Have Faces Holy places are dark places. Thomas Merton, Dialogues With Silence Your brightness is my darkness. I know nothing of you and, by myself, I cannot even imagine how to go about knowing you. If I imagine you, I am mistaken. If I understand you, … [Read more...]

Pop music with a "spirit-penetrating totality"?

I'm still making up my mind concerning Sufjan Stevens' The Age of Adz (for the record, his All Delighted People EP is excellent) and I've yet to listen to anything by Janelle Monae, but I like the way that Joel Hartse thinks (emphasis mine): I am really no expert on aesthetics, but I’m pretty sure that [Theodor] Adorno is wrong. Or maybe not wrong, but irrelevant. I don’t know exactly what kind of popular music he was writing about -- Tin Pan Alley, maybe? -- but I do think that while we will alw … [Read more...]

"Christian" Art: Seeking After A Better Way

I always find Kenneth R. Morefield's film reviews to be thought-provoking and interesting -- and right now, they also make me a little jealous. You see, Morefield has been attending the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival, and he's recently posted a review of a film that I'm very interesting in seeing.The Way -- written and directed by Emilio Estevez (yes, that Emilio Estevez) and starring Martin Sheen -- is the story of a man coming to terms with the death of his son, who died while … [Read more...]

An Autumn Playlist

Summer's tyranny is finally coming to an end. I don't know about you, but those of us in Nebraska -- or at least the eastern part of it -- have been blessed with the most perfect sort of weather: temperatures in the 60s and 70s, slightly overcast skies with hints of rain, and a slight chill in the air that hints at trees ablaze with color, the smell of fireplaces, and the most beautiful sunsets you can imagine. Yes, autumn is on its way, and it's enough to make a introvert like myself do a … [Read more...]

When Google Doesn't Meet Your Religious Standards

Surfers who are concerned about being potentially morally and spiritually contaminated by Google's search results now have some "holier" alternatives. NPR recently wrote about several alternative search engines that cater to specific religious groups: In a world where Google has put every bit of information at our fingertips, some people are now demanding less information when they surf the Internet.Some Jews, Muslims and Christians are abandoning Yahoo and Google and turning to search engines … [Read more...]

The Objectification of "Scott Pilgrim"

Scott Pilgrim vs. The World is arguably one of the most pop culture-savvy movies released in recent memory. I saw it on opening day and thoroughly enjoyed it. But even so, I'll admit to being a little troubled by some of the movie's plot turns and simplifications.I would never go so far as to say that the movie encourages the view of women as property, nor would I ever describe it as "Twilight for boys." But there is something about its view of love and relationships that does bother me -- … [Read more...]