Israel, the Internet, and Purging the Scapegoat

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In his new book A Farewell to Mars, my pastor-at-large Brian Zahnd spends some time on the powerful theme of scapegoating. This is not my full review of the book (that's coming soon), but it is a quick riff. Because this theme struck a particular chord, considering the way people so often engage in this destructive social practice. I think we've been seeing an extreme example of scapegoating in the Israel-Gaza conflict. And I think we see it happen in smaller ways all the time - perhaps e … [Read more...]

The Grand Budapest Hotel and Gaza: A Barbaric Slaughterhouse

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Looking for prophetic insights in a Wes Anderson film can be a little like looking for physics insights in a Will Ferrell movie.That's not really what Wes and Will are on about.But Wes is on about nostalgia - in a stylish, ironic, and occasionally hilarious sense. And the nostalgia of his latest film (now on Redbox, yay!) is front and center from start to finish. In fact, The Grand Budapest Hotel is basically a nostalgic film about nostalgia.The narrative centers on the hotel's … [Read more...]


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