Sacred and Profane Places in Sleepy Hollow

Review of Sleepy Hollow Episode 9So far, it would be easier to list the things we haven't seen in Sleepy Hollow than the things we have. What more could they possibly add to the 9th episode of this crazy show? A lot, it turns out. This week we see Ichabod wearing his cranky pants because he can't spend time with his wife (what with her being caught in Purgatory and all) while everyone else enjoys the holidays. Fortunately, we all get treated to a trip down memory lane as Ichabod and Abbie … [Read more...]

Truth and History in Sleepy Hollow—Who needs it?

Review of Sleepy Hollow Episode 8This week on Sleepy Hollow: Can Ichabod Crane get the Headless Horseman to spill all the important Apocalyptic beans? ("I don't think he's gonna talk"—Orlando Jones.) Will Harold be any help in the process? Will Ichabod's past romantic rivalry with "Abraham" over Katrina have future consequences? Can Orlando Jones and Abbie's sister keep from killing each other? Will the stolen 16th century Druidic artifact from Thrace be able to help the Hessians free the H … [Read more...]

This Week on Sleepy Hollow: Loneliness, the Local Church, & Beheadings Galore

Review of Sleepy Hollow, Episode 7 In case you were wondering, being a Mason won't protect you through the Apocalypse. You'll get your head chopped off just like the next person. And so will everyone else who stands between the Headless Horseman and his skull, which he needs for some reason in order to bring the other three horsemen and begin the end of the world. Will Abbie and Ichabod be able to stop the Horseman on his decapitory ride through town? Will they come up with a plan to keep … [Read more...]

This Week on Sleepy Hollow: Forgiveness, Freemasons, and Quaker Witches

Review of Sleepy Hollow, Episode 6[Spoiler alerts.] After a break for some reason or other (the Superbowl I think?), Sleepy Hollow is back and just as ridiculous as ever. This week, Ichabod Crane learns about baseball and our inherent right to shout at the ump ("I thought only horses slept standing up!?!"), and then gets kidnapped by Freemasons. In order to find him, Abbie has to work with her crazy sister to find the "sin eater", the one person who can use supernatural means to reveal … [Read more...]

No two ways about it—One Way Love is great!

Review of One Way Love by Tullian TchividjianWhen it comes to absorbing the good news of the Gospel, Americans have a dual problem (no doubt this isn't uniquely an American problem, but I've got to write what I know). On the one hand, we like to think that any problems we've got with sin can be solved by hard work, personal dedication, and that stick-to-it-iveness that settled the colonies, won the West, and built the financial and military juggernaut we've got today. If we owe someone … [Read more...]

Redbox Review: ‘Warm Bodies’—A feel-good zombie flick?

Review of Warm Bodies, Directed by Jonathan LevineR is dead. Which doesn't stop him from being hungry, eating people, and then feeling bad about being hungry and eating people. Nor does it stop him from feeling a good deal of existential angst over his lack of connection with other people, unlike the 'Boneys', skeletal monsters who feel no such angst and indeed delight in consuming anything and everything with a heartbeat. Is there any opportunity for escape from this lonely cycle of … [Read more...]

‘Playing God’ puts power in its place

Review of Playing God: Redeeming the Gift of Power by Andy CrouchAll of us enjoy 'playing God' from time to time, and I don't just mean that in terms of video games or movies. Ever since the fall of man in the Garden of Eden, we have all dedicated every moment of every day to trying our hardest to dethrone God and take His place as the all-powerful King of the universe. And as Christians, we hate that about ourselves. And when our dislike of our own natural sinful power-craving disposition … [Read more...]

Halloween, Horror, and the Cross

The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown.—H.P. Lovecraft, "Supernatural Horror in Literature"H.P. Lovecraft, in case you've never heard of him, was one of New England's most talented and creative writers. For all his personal failings, the man had a way with words, and his stories are simply a delight to read. Consider the opening lines of Lovecraft's most famous story, "The Call of Cthulhu":The most merciful t … [Read more...]

This Week on Sleepy Hollow: Plague, pestilence, and magical healing power of baptism.

Review of Sleepy Hollow, Episode 5Fair warning: if you're a student of history or literature, watching Sleepy Hollow every week will make blood shoot out your eyes. (Fortunately, I am a political scientist and as such immune to the abuse of knowledge—I even occasionally actively encourage it.) This week, we learn that the colony of Roanoke, which mysteriously disappeared in 1590, was actually led to safety by the ghost of Virginia Dare (the first child born to English colonists). Safety from … [Read more...]

This week on Sleepy Hollow: Demons, Germans, and Tin-Foil Hats

Review of Sleepy Hollow, Episode 4Sleepy Hollow continues to be both entertaining AND educational. This week, we learn that Boston Tea Party was actually a diversion planned by Ichabod Crane so that he could sneak aboard a British ship and steal one of their secret weapons: a grimoire known as the Lesser Key of Solomon. (Presumably not the one published by the charlatan Alisteir Crowley in the early 20th century.) This foul tome possesses the power to open a portal to some sort of hell … [Read more...]