Saturday, 05 October 2013 20:00

OPINION: Women and the pastoral landscape

I can’t help looking at the signs outside churches. “Faith makes things possible, not easy” has been the message on the board of the Methodist church near my house for two weeks. Recently, something else has caught my attention: the number of women’s names next to the title “Senior Pastor.”
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Thursday, 22 August 2013 20:00

OPINION: Binge watching

The development of binge watching could change how we use TV and the possibilities for it as an art form. As one of the most accessible forms of entertainment, it is one of the few ways in our busy and expensive lives that we might be inclined to deeply engage our imaginations in story.
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Thursday, 07 February 2013 19:00

OPINION: For the walking dead

Zombies are classic fixtures in horror movies. The idea of people being alive and yet dead, walking around in our midst with no way to relate or reach out or communicate, no way for us to reach them, is really disturbing. I see too many people living that kind of half-life and it is heart breaking.
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Thursday, 10 May 2012 20:00

OPINION: What’s going on?

I’ve been immersed in thoughts about the prophetic role of the Church. Part of this fascination is due to the belief that the work of artists inherently holds the opportunity to be prophetic. The creative act starts with observing what is and isn’t and responding in a way which is both creative and evocative.

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In a sea of accessible, free music, churches may find an opportunity. If soon the voices shaping our culture are the ones who can find a way to survive, why not get in on the ground floor? Could Christians become the culture makers of the next decade simply by being willing to pay for artistic expressions?
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Saturday, 31 March 2012 20:00

OPINION: The joy formidable

On Monday night at the 9:30 Club in Washington, I stood for three hours with roughly 800 other people to listen to three bands play live music. Once again I found God speaking in sacred ways all over the “secular” world. The night became a meditation on joy and music.

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Saturday, 09 June 2012 20:00

OPINION: 'Melancholia' and the Good War

Death. Final, epic, Wagnerian death in a colossal collision between a rogue planet off-course and Earth. Somehow Melancholia makes it beautiful, poetic and completely and peacefully final. The film by director Lars von Trier is a sumptuous exploration of the lure and trap of extreme depression in light of a popular view of our world.

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Thursday, 05 July 2012 20:00


A few weeks ago 85-year-old Ralph Stanley took the stage at the Birchmere Theatre in Alexandria, Va., with his Clinch Mountain Boys. The gospel and bluegrass legend received popular acclaim for his musical contribution to the film O Brother, Where Art Thou, but has been touring and performing practically his whole life.

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Friday, 03 August 2012 20:00

OPINION: Giving up and giving in

Recently, I had one of those perfectly-timed experiences where the radio just happened to play what I needed to hear when I needed to hear it. It was a segment called “Aha Moments” on the show Studio 360. I felt God nudging me to pay close attention as singer-songwriter Dave Alvin relayed his revelation.

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Friday, 17 August 2012 20:00

OPINION: Total recall

Science fiction is great for getting my mind churning. Sitting in the theater with an audience cheering the action and being impressed (or underwhelmed) by special effects is a great summer afternoon activity. But that’s not the whole reason it’s so much fun for me. Sci-fi helps us work out our cultural questions.
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