Wow—I’d forgotten what a rewarding challenge that is, to blog once every weekday.
This shouldn’t take away from my Tuesday work at Speculative Faith (and certainly not Lorehaven Magazine). If anything, this means SpecFaith readers can expect even better content from me. Now that I’m covering, say, some nonfiction biblical articles, general geeky and popular culture, and other topics at my own site, my SpecFaith articles can focus more exclusively on our mission.
In fact, we’ve just added our revised mission slogan to the site’s logo at the top left:
EXPLORING TRUTH THROUGH STORIES FOR GOD’S GLORY.
Possible exception: today’s article, which previews the last week’s stories over at EStephenBurnett.com. Can you please pray real quick that I can keep up this exhilarating pace?
Jesus’s people need fantastic stories.
We need them like we need food, water, air, love, and above all, Jesus himself.
Really? Can we say we “need” fantastic stories? Why not just say “want” or “can use”? [Continued …]
Tim Keller (accidentally?) reinforces the old myth that the Pharisees and Sadducees were “Bible believers.”
No, they weren’t.
Jesus constantly called the Pharisees to task for not believing the Old Testament, which pointed to Himself as its fulfillment.
Also, it’s tiresome to hear an (accidental?) “irreligious versus religious” people mantra.
In fact, everyone is religious in some way. [Continued …]
Most people, when they hear “cheesy,” think about low quality. They think of poorly made Christian movies, in which characters don’t speak or act like they’re in any place resembling the real world. Or they think of formulaic Hallmark movies for Christmastime.
Aquaman doesn’t qualify for any of those. The movie is well-made and makes its aesthetic choices by design, not by accident. And where it follows any “formula,” this is simply the classic hero’s journey played underwater.
Only if you believe the superhero genre is intrinsically cheesy would you apply this label to Aquaman. But then, why apply the label at all?
Which also leads to my question of why people, with good intentions, call Aquaman “(big) dumb fun” or “cheesy.” [Continued …]
Two of the most popular 2018 articles on Speculative Faith share a surprising connection.
It’s the word “spells.” [. . .]
So why are these two articles so popular?
I’m not sure. But I am concerned about recent headlines, such as “millennials are ditching religion for witchcraft and astrology.” I hope that, in an occult-crazed culture, these two articles are not popular because people are actually searching for “Christian white magic” or Progressivist spells. To try out. [Continued …]
Right after Jesus observes the widow, he foretells the Temple’s destruction (Luke 21, verse 5 and onward). This is hardly a natural followup to praising the charitable recipient of a heartfelt gift—to prophesy its doom!
But even more telling, just before this account, in Luke 20: 45–47, Jesus specifically warns against legalistic, authoritarian scribes. Jesus says that, among their other sins, they “devour widows’ houses” (verse 47). After such a warning, it would make no sense for Jesus to suddenly switch themes. Why would Jesus turn around to comment about this good widow who gave all she owns to support this (suddenly good?) religious cause? [Continued …]
Last Friday, the new season [of the animated superhero series Young Justice] debuted with the title Young Justice: Outsiders. With one “catch.” (If you could even call it that.) DC had chosen not to host Young Justice season 3 on a preexisting streaming service, such as Netflix (where many fans, including myself, first found the story). Instead DC debuted the season exclusively on its own relatively new media/streaming service, DC Universe.
Plenty of fans are overjoyed with this. But plenty of fans are not at all whelmed. [Continued …]
On a final note, here’s one action item I neglected to share in last week’s update!
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