Mid-Life Report Card of a Mostly Bad Christian (Written by St. Peter Himself!)

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A few days ago, I turned forty. I felt pretty good about the first half of my life, especially my recent confirmation in the Catholic Church. I didn’t expect all A’s, but I figured I’d be a solid B student.I waited by the mail box but nothing came. Finally, a weird creature with seven heads appeared in front of me and handed me a scroll. I looked at the postmark that said, “Office of the Church, St. Peter The Rock, Director.” When I tried to tip the strange creature, all seven heads looked at … [Read more...]

Grace Unplugged: A fine film for Evangelical families…and that’s the problem

(Possible Spoilers Ahead)Allow me to say something at the beginning of this review, in case people think I'm trying to be overly negative.  Grace Unplugged is probably one of the best "Christian" films I've seen. The acting is great, the script is decent, and the movie well made. You can take your evangelical family and you will get a safe, non-offensive movie going experience.And that's the problem.Grace Unplugged follows the story of eighteen-year-old Grace Trey (AJ Michalka) who … [Read more...]

Grace Unplugged: Creating Art out of Personal Pain.

One of the questions I get as a writer is: where do I get my ideas? I find it a difficult question to answer, because some of my stories are grounded in deep personal pain that I have no wish to discuss with the wider world. Usually, I give some lame answer about “not really knowing.”A few weeks ago, I went to the press junket for Grace Unplugged. One of my fellow journalists asked, “Was Grace Unplugged inspired by a real story?” A very natural question, and one I assumed would be answered wi … [Read more...]

Christian Music…Why Does It Suck? What Can Be Done?

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What does it mean to make music with purpose or inspiration in this day in age? On one hand, it can be argued that everyone who makes music is inspired toward some sort of purpose. But specifically, what does it mean for Christians to make music in today’s culture? And what on earth is “Christian music” anyway? And how does it differ from any other kind of music that tries to tell an honest story? And is saying you only listen to Christian music the same thing as saying you only use Christian toi … [Read more...]


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