From Newark to the Throne Room

I’m a lawyer and a novelist. In response to the events that occurred in Ferguson, Missouri, in the summer of 2014 (and many other places since then), I decided to write a story. In doing so, I looked in the mirror and saw a sixty-one-year-old white man raised in the South. Read more

“Movies Are Prayers”: A New Way of Discussing Film

Movies are Prayers is one of the best books that I’ve read this year, and I’m a graduate student with a side-job of writing books reviews. What Larsen has done in this brief book is tremendously impressive. Larsen has created a new way of discussing films, a “film theory” in which readers are invited to ask what a given film has to say to and about God. Movies are Prayers taught me much about movies and much about prayer, to… Read more

How the Church Can Heal the Race Divide

A chart featured in The Myth of Equality compares the amount of time that slavery and segregation have been legal realities in the United States to the amount of time they have not. Slavery existed in America for 246 years, including the time before the United States achieved independence. Segregation existed legally for another 99 years following the abolition of slavery, meaning that minorities, especially African-Americans, have had full rights in the United States for only the last 53 years…. Read more

The Church of Cinema: A Q&A With Filmspotting Co-Host, Author Josh Larsen

 Movies have a transformative power that’s perhaps unmatched by any other medium. But can movies actually be religious experiences? That’s what Josh Larsen eloquently makes the case for in his thought-provoking new book, “Movies Are Prayers.” Recently, Larsen answered a few questions about faith, film and his new book How do you think movies challenge our typical ideas about prayer? I like to think that the movies can work alongside our typical ideas of prayer. I know what it means… Read more

When Your Religion Hates You

Tom Muzzio’s story is one that rings all too familiar in the nonreligious community. But it is still one worth telling. Born into a post-WWII era modernist home, Muzzio was captivated by the Jesus Movement of the 60s and 70s in college and converted to a fundamentalist strand of evangelical Christianity. His spiritual journey led him to become an evangelical minister and missionary. But something changed in the 1980s. As the Religious Right rose to prominence and brought it’s political… Read more

The Challenge of Sharing the Bible With Children

Scripture instructs us in Psalm 127:3 that Children are a gift from the Lord; they are a reward for Him.” As parents, it is our obligation to teach our children to follow Christ and to call Him “Lord.” This is where books geared towards children can be a vital tool in this journey. Sheila Walsh’s “The Bible is My Best Friend” initially appears to be a contender for my child. But there is a hesitation as the stories and illustrations… Read more

Finding Inspiration in “Where Angels Walk”

Whatever the current state of organized religion, most Americans still believe in angels—a full 72 percent, in fact, according to a 2016 Gallup poll. And it’s no wonder. Numerous are the tales of those who have been miraculously rescued from impossible situations, only to speak of mysterious strangers or indescribable beings afterward. These stories inspire us to believe that there might just be something out there that we don’t yet understand, and that it’s looking out for us. Over two… Read more

Love After an Alzheimer’s Diagnosis

What does it mean to truly love someone? Is it possible to still love someone — even if they don’t remember who you are? These are the tough questions that Keeping Love Alive As Memories Fade addresses. Most couples will experience great challenges, changes, joys and regrets throughout their lives together. Till death do us part, right? But what’s often not anticipated is the unthinkable: Alzheimer’s. Perhaps there’s nothing out there that can shake a marriage (or familial relationship) more… Read more

Happiness Is Found Outside of Our Comfort Zones

Is it more important to be happy or comfortable? Is comfort and happiness the same thing? Comfort feels good. On the surface, comfort might seem like a good place to be. Many of us worked hard and sacrificed a lot to get there. But when we stop reaching and growing in life–can comfort actually be a bad thing? Comfort sometimes will masquerade as happiness. Once you’ve attained comfort–then what? We focus too much on keeping what’s making us comfortable–more money,… Read more

The Power of Knowing Yourself

It’s been said that you can never really know someone completely. But perhaps the person that is the most difficult to get to know is the one that’s closest to us: Ourselves. Although our experiences and chemistry have collectively shaped each one of us into the people we are, this does not mean that we necessarily know who we really are and how we relate to the world around us. Most of us react to the days events in an… Read more

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