You Do Wurds Good? Legendary Editor agrees to work with me. (Yay. Oh, Crap.)

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So, today, my Wonder Woman agent, Italia Gandolfo, sent me this text:Betsy Mitchell is going to be your editor at Open Road.I stared at the text for a moment in utter disbelief. Then I texted back with a link to Betsy's bioYou mean, THIS Betsy Mitchell? Wonder Woman Agent texts backThat's her.(Madcap mayhem ensues as I alternate between exultation and absolute panic.)For those of you wondering why I would panic, Betsy has edited some pretty legendary people.Like wh … [Read more...]

Left Behind is Stupid…(And That’s Why it’s Fun)

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Nicolas Cage is at it again! The guy who rescued us from chemical terrorism at Alcatraz and found national treasure in New York's Trinity Church is now working to ensure we're not left behind. If you're anything like me - which I don't necessarily recommend - you've probably seen the first full trailer of the new upcoming Left Behind film, based on the best selling series of novels by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins.When I was in college, I devoured the book series because, well, it was … [Read more...]

Ghost Bear Ramblings: Finding the Wolf

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(In celebration of the beauty of creation, I've asked my friend, world renowned environmentalist, Simon Jackson nd his fiancee crazy talented wildlife photographer, Jill Cooper,  to share some of their amazing wildlife experiences here on The Rogue. This will be a weekly feature. Enjoy!)I think I'm crazy.Certainly Jill thinks I'm nuts. My parents too.Yet whenever I have a remarkable wildlife sighting, I just can't resist, year after year, returning to the scene of the crime on the … [Read more...]

Slender Man and the Need for Sacramental Horror

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(Yesterday, the nation was horrified at the near murder of a young girl by her twelve year old companions. The girl stumbled out of the woods with fifteen stab wounds. When the police arrested the two culprits, they told the officers that "they wanted to become servants of Slender Man ". As you might expect, this sent my fellow members of the media scrambling around to find about this mythical creature. Those in the horror world (like me) knew the name in an instant. Slender Man is a ghou … [Read more...]

Fangirl Rave: An Homage to The Hollows by Kim Harrison

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Warning!  Raving fangirl sentimentality incoming!Ten years.  Has it really been?  A decade ago, I was cruising the aisles of my local brick and mortar bookstore, waiting for something to jump out at me, when a single, lonely copy of a book by an author I had never heard of caught my eye.  Kim Harrison’s Dead Witch Walking was wedged there on the shelf, amidst the plethora of titles by authors I had read many times over, but this was something new, something special.  A quick perusal of the ba … [Read more...]

Death Comes to us all: Interview with David Ury

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(David Ury is an actor, writer and magna specialist. His most famous role was being crushed to death by an ATM on Breaking Bad. We here at the Rogue loved that show, so we jumped at the chance to read Everybody Dies, the book he wrote with Ken Tanaka (are they the same person? Hmmm). Yeah, it's a little odd, it's a little twisted, but darkly hilarious. Even more, it brings up the question, why do we avoid the conversation about death?)Western Culture avoids the topic of death. Why do you t … [Read more...]

The Gospel Fragmentation: Evangelical Rebels without a Clue

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Recently, the Protestant word has been rocked with controversies involving a number of significant figures. Mark Driscoll, de facto leader of the “young, restless, and reformed” crowd, has been caught plagiarizing, buying book sales, and being a questionable leader in his church. Over at the Gospel Coalition, a horrendous public split is taking place between Tullian Tchividjian (grandson of Billy Graham) and the leaders of the Coalition. The later asserts it's a question of theology while Tull … [Read more...]

The Most Underappreciated Work of Fantasy Ever – THE SILMARILLION – Part 3 of 4

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There's a Silmarillion movie in this post...  What?  A Silmarillion movie??Read on, Middle Earth wayfarer...In Part 1, The Silmarillion was praised and placed in its rightful place as one of the great works of literature.In Part 2, Lord of the Rings fans were tantalized with some of the deep back stories that bear up Middle Earth, found only in The Silmarillion.Here, in Part 3, I now SOLVE the problem most people have with the The Silmarillion, that it's too hard to read.The a … [Read more...]

Living in a World Where “Nobody Says Hi Anymore” – A Review of J. Shepard Trott’s Novella

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I hear feet. Sprinting feet. They are coming down the main street, they haven't seen me...They are naked. They are dirty everywhere but around their mouths, where their tongues clean a circle. The only mess around their mouths is blood, which is mostly between their teeth with small flecks like freckles on their faces...Their bodies are gashed. Their zeal in pursuit produces these cuts, as they hurdle barbed wire fences and crash through doors with no thought to their health. Still, they are … [Read more...]

Joy in a Game Show: Interview with Jeff Foxworthy and Kirk Franklin

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When I first started church ministry, I wore a tie to work. My elders and I wanted to convey to people that "I was a serious theologian doing serious things for Jesus". My time as a Presbyterian minister was defined by that ideal.This attitude led to self righteous pomposity taking root in my soul. These roots strangled the joy I had in Christ. When joy disappears, we start taking our theological swords on people we deem "less serious". To my shame, this is what I did. I'd look down on … [Read more...]


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