On Daisy Merrick (2004-2013) and Loving Little Children

I blogged a few times in the last year about little Daisy Merrick, the 8-year-old daughter of pastor Britt Merrick and his wife, Kate, of Reality Church in California. She fought cancer for many months before succumbing 11 days ago to the disease. The Merricks chronicled Daisy’s fight for life on the Pray for Daisy [Read More...]

Why The Hobbit Makes More Sense Than Snarky Critics Say

Really appreciated this Huffington Post piece by a poet named Seth Abramson. Abramson gives very helpful backstory to The Hobbit, which as some know has taken a bit of a critical pounding of late, and shows that there is actually a good deal more history to the matters covered in and around The Hobbit then originally meets [Read More...]

The Banality of Amorality: An Essay On the Hobbit

So here we are: The Hobbit is officially out. I haven’t seen it yet, but the hour draws nigh. I can’t wait. I recently saw a few films that reminded me of the power of Tolkien’s tale, which traffics in good and evil and other such outmoded concepts. It’s nuanced, but it’s stubbornly traditional in [Read More...]

The Unbelievably Cool New Hobbit Trailer

Here’s the newest trailer for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.  It releases December 14, 2012.  I don’t know about you, but I could just about camp out in the wintry cold for this one.  It looks flat-out amazing (and there are going to be three, not two, Hobbit films!). How strange that Bible-influenced stories continue [Read More...]


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