BreakPoint: Beauty and the Beast and Our Obsession with Remakes

“Tale as old as time, song as old as rhyme.” And we just keep retelling and re-singing it. I’m talking about the year’s biggest movie. [display_podcast] In a segment on NPR last Wednesday, Bob Mondello documented the bizarre entertainment phenomenon known as “movie twins.” Hollywood has long puzzled the public by releasing films with nearly identical premises and plots within months or even weeks of one another. “Mission to Mars” and “Red Planet,” “Armageddon” and “Deep Impact,” “Antz” and “A B … [Read more...]

BreakPoint: Red Dwarf and the Seven Planets

There’s already a world of evidence that life on Earth is unique and intelligently-crafted. But here are seven more pieces of evidence. [display_podcast]In the movie, “Arrival,” a group of scientists try to break the language barrier between humanity and an extraterrestrial race that’s landed on Earth. These visitors have not come to make war, but to offer us a gift. I won’t spoil it for you, but I will say that the film is pervaded by a sense of loneliness and a longing for kinship with som … [Read more...]

Breakpoint: Happy Lent. Seriously

Ash Wednesday somberly reminds us that we’re all going to die. But it also reminds us of something much more important. [display_podcast]Today is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of the forty-day period in the church calendar known as Lent, a time of preparation leading up to Holy Week and Resurrection Sunday. Around the world, countless Christians will have the sign of the cross written on their foreheads in ash—what is known as the imposition of ashes—and  will hear the words, “Remember that y … [Read more...]

White Horse Inn: Discipleship & Discipline

[display_podcast]What are the stories we tell ourselves, and how do these stories shape what we believe and how we live? What kind of disciples do these stories and doctrines create? How should the gospel counter-form us into a discipleship that is following Christ’s call on our lives? How does a life of discipleship and discipline flow out of doxology and worship?While many churches in our day emphasize convenience and comfortability, one of the key ingredients to a life of lasting d … [Read more...]

Breakpoint: Fur Babies… Pet’s, Children, and the Triumph of Autonomy

I’m gonna get a lot of email about this commentary, so let me say this up front: I like animals. And pets are wonderful things. But. . . [display_podcast]In her 1992 novel, “The Children of Men,” P. D. James told the story of a world where it has been 25 years since the last child was born. In this dying world, kittens and puppies are pushed around in prams and receive the treatment previously afforded to human infants.Twenty-five years later, it seems that life is imitating art, though … [Read more...]

White Horse Inn: From Doxology to Discipleship

[display_podcast]What are the stories we tell ourselves, and how do these stories shape what we believe and how we live? What kind of disciples do these stories and doctrines create? How should the gospel and our liturgical practices form us into a discipleship that is following Christ’s call on our lives? How does a life of discipleship flow out of doxology and worship? Why are our daily habits and practices so critical in our discipleship?We need to remind ourselves once again that w … [Read more...]