Shuffled Selections: January 8-14, 2017

Greetings everyone and welcome to the second installment of my weekly mini-review mixtape suggestion listicle. As this is just starting, I've decided to play with the format a bit and give each selection a category of sorts to help frame them. Let me know what you think. Enjoy! Psychedelic Politics Selection of the WeekFlaming Lips – “We A Famly”I am of the opinion, or perhaps the persuasion, that the release of a new Flaming Lips album is always cause for celebration. These … [Read more...]

A Scorsese Q & A

Over the weekend, I had the rare opportunity to listen to--and briefly meet--one of my favorite directors (and one that I consider the greatest of all time), Martin Scorsese. We screened his latest film, Silence, for the Fuller Seminary community. After the jump, you can read some of the highlights from Scorsese's Q & A with Kutter Callaway, assistant professor of theology and culture at Fuller, and Mako Fujimura, director of the Brehm Center at Fuller. … [Read more...]

Book Review: CANCER IS FUNNY

That we have all been touched by cancer, if not personally, then relationally, is why Jason Micheli’s new book, Cancer is Funny: Keeping Faith in Stage-Serious Chemo, is such an important book. It’s also my first must-read recommendation of 2017. … [Read more...]

Shuffled Selections: January 1-7, 2017

Happy New Year everyone! I pray you are all well and recovering nicely from your hangovers - both drinking and general 2016 related ones. As I was compiling my year end Top 50 list a couple weeks ago, I came to the sad realization that I was barely able to share and discuss all the incredible new music that came out last year (I mean, really, there was almost too much). As one of my resolutions, I would like to make a concentrated effort to provide a weekly playlist, if not a full review, of all … [Read more...]

Thoughts on ‘Rogue One’: the Maccabees of the Star Wars Canon

 If the box office receipts are to be believed, you've already seen Rogue One: a Star Wars Story. So rather than a full review, I thought I'd offer a few thoughts on this, the intertestamental literature of the Star Wars saga:  This is the most geek-tastic Star Wars film ever: "THRILL as Jyn Erso and Cassian Andor sift through the structural engineering files of the Galactic Empire! GASP as they try to upload the Death Star plans to a Rebel starship. Will there be … [Read more...]

‘Silence’: A PopTheology Conversation

Martin Scorcese's monumental Silence is now playing in select theaters and is slated for wide release on January 13th. The story of Jesuit missionaries in 17th century Japan is based on the novel by Japanese Catholic convert Shusaku Endo. It explores the nature of faith and doubt in the most impossible of circumstances--when profession of belief can lead to torture and death. But as the film plays out the conflict between the colonial impulses of Europe, which use Christian conversion as a tool, … [Read more...]

Top 50 Records of 2016

Just under the wire – my personal top 50 albums of the year. This is, of course, in no way an objective list. This is for two reasons: 1) I don’t think that’s possible and 2) I think that’s rather boring. The beauty of year end lists is to discover the music that moved other people and why, discovering not only new artists along the way but, ideally, new ways of looking at the world. That’s what music’s good for, after all – soundtracking our lived experiences. Sure, not all the records on my lis … [Read more...]

#KillerSerials: TRANSPARENT, S3, Eps. 6-10

Tony Jones and Ryan Parker wrap up 2016 with a discussion of one of the year's best series, TRANSPARENT. They talk about the brilliance of Judith Light, lament the absence of Rabbi Raquel, and speculate where the series might go in its upcoming fourth season. Take a listen after the jump. … [Read more...]