Duped By Davros


Warning: Potential Spoilers(Jonathan Ryan posting for Jen Schlameuss-Perry.)Most of the time, when I’m watching a movie or TV show, I can see right through it. I catch the foreshadowing and can predict what’s coming (and sometimes dialogue—which means that it must be pretty poorly written). I have worked in pastoral ministry for almost 20 years. That means that I should be able to see a lie coming from a mile away.But, last week’s episode of Doctor Who, "The Witch's Familiar" had my p … [Read more...]

Mabel’s Identity Crisis

(Jonathan Ryan posting for Jen Schlameuss-Perry.)Warning: Potential spoilers for folks who don’t get to watch cartoons in a timely fashion (a category in which I would normally be included).Gravity Falls is one of my favorite cartoons currently on TV. This week’s episode, “The Last Mablecorn,” tackled an important issue—morality. While I'm seriously disappointed in the writer’s choice to have Mabel learn from her experience that “morality is relative,” there was a lot that was very usefu … [Read more...]

Another Batman Vs Superman

(Jonathan Ryan posting for Jen Schlameuss-Perry.)I had a quick exchange with a friend last night that got me thinking about the different types of superheroes—they boy scout type like Superman and Captain America vs the ones who are teetering on the edge of justice like Batman and Wolverine.  I have a sincere appreciation for the good, good guys.  I need models of purity of heart—they offer me hope that people can truly offer themselves for the service of others with pure, unselfish motiv … [Read more...]

Waiting For Superman

Movie Poster "Man Of Steel"

 (Jonathan Ryan posting for Jen Schlameuss-Perry.)For a year or two now, I’ve been wanting to write about a song that I love, “Waiting for Superman” by Iron and Wine, but I didn’t know what I wanted to say. As it happens, I had some time off a few weeks ago and finally got to see “Man of Steel,” and that song just kept ringing in my ears. If you haven’t heard it, take a listen:The song (though not the least bit related to the movie) really captures the feel and the kind o … [Read more...]

My Baby was Not a Dollar Sign….


(I'll be honest, I've never been involved in the Pro-life movement. Certainly, as a committed Catholic, I believe in what the movement stands for. However, I'm often disturbed by the unloving and un-Christlike way mothers in crisis are often treated. Further, the blatant hypocrisy of some in the movement when it comes to taking care of single mothers makes my skin crawl. And, I don't appreciate when men try to control women in any way.  However, after the release of the shocking footage and the s … [Read more...]

Key and Peeling Out

(Jonathan Ryan posting for Jen Schlameuss-Perry.)Key and Peele isn’t for everyone—I love it (it’s so, so funny!!!), but sometimes it even makes me cringe. But, most of it is hilarious and clever. There was a clip recently that hit on a problem in the Christian community that I thought was worth talking about. The scene shows a Bible Study group praying together when suddenly above them illuminates and the voice of God booms out. At first, everybody is excited—what will God say to them?! They … [Read more...]

My Sad Devotion To An Ancient Religion

(Jonathan Ryan posting for Jen Schlameuss-Perry.) This is going to sound really messed up at first, but that scene in Star Wars: A New Hope, when the Imperial Officers are all talking about their plans for the Death Star and Vader says, “I find your lack of faith disturbing,” and then uses the Force to choke Admiral Motti expresses so perfectly what being religious feels like sometimes. In case you don’t know what I’m talking about, it’s this part:It’s not the part w … [Read more...]

Martian Love

Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths DVD cover

(Jonathan Ryan posting for Jen Schlameuss-Perry.)I had a couple of hours alone one evening this past week and boy, did I use it to the fullest! I watched, in perfect peace and in absolute control of the remote, “Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths.” It was delightful. Not only was it a great superhero story with lots of action and insight into Batman’s inner darkness, but there was an AMAZING scene between J’onn J’onzz and the alternate Earth’s President’s daughter, Rose.The two felt a c … [Read more...]

One Lantern, Two Lantern, Green Lantern, Blue Lantern


(Jonathan Ryan posting for Jen Schlameuss-Perry.)I’m a big fan of the Green Lantern. If I was going to be a superhero, that’s what I’d want to be. Also, the Lanterns remind me of the Catholic Church—they choose people from among the community and assign them to care for the people in that place, they have councils and a hierarchy, they make fabulously horrible mistakes with galactic repercussions and, ultimately, their objective is to bring justice and peace. I like the Green Lan … [Read more...]

Be Who You Want……Just Don’t Expect Everyone to Like it…..


  I’ve been grappling with some issues that have recently come hurtling toward us through the media. Issues that it seems we aren’t supposed to form an opinion on—unless it’s the right opinion. We’ve been clearly shown and told what we should think…But, I want to explore what I actually think without the script being handed to me.What if, for instance…A friend, Anna, meets me for lunch and with a very serious expression says, “Ever since I was young I knew I was born int … [Read more...]