“Noah” and the Boring Fundamentalism of Hollywood Bible Movies

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Sometimes evangelical Christians make movies.And usually they are horrible.They are marked by an agenda - to evangelize the viewer - which leads to inane, superficial art. The themes are poorly executed and overwrought. Instead of life imitated in inspiring ways through the medium of film, a sermon is smugly preached at an inferior audience.It all feels very fundamentalist. But recently, the cultural winds have been blowing Hollywood heavyweights toward making movies about the … [Read more...]

The Mars Hill “Non-Compete Zone” in Seattle

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Here's a graphic showing how large the area is that ex-MHC pastors would be prohibited from ministering in if they signed the non-compete agreement at Mars Hill (upon pain of termination). With all the Mars Hill campuses and ministries, the answer is: LARGE. Like, uproot your whole life large. Like, sell your house and say goodbye to your neighbors large. But hey, that's empire business.HT goes to Stephanie Drury on this one. … [Read more...]

Patagonia Founder Yvon Chouinard on Empire

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Patagonia founder Yvon Chouinard was interviewed by Mountain Magazine and had some great quotes:Like this one about simplicity: Simple Fly Fishing is a metaphor for society. I want to show that a simple life is not an impoverished life. But especially this one about empire: I’m a total pessimist.I’m a doombat.Every single empire in history has collapsed. Empire building is against the laws of nature. Nature loves to spread things out. It loves diversity. It’s always trying to make new spec … [Read more...]

Evangelicals, Emergents, & the Gender/Power Issue, Pt. 2

In the first post, I promised two suggestions and two questions, and I'll get to those straight away.But first, who invited Don?There is no better pop-culture commentary on issues of gender and power than the popular AMC show Mad Men. In fact, it's the undercurrent that makes the storyline so compelling. There is the thin, always well-dressed and attractive veneer of "traditional" relationships between men and women, women taking the decidedly subservient role to the working (m)ad men. They … [Read more...]


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