This is part of a joint series with Elijah Davidson of Reel Spirituality, in which we’re considering each installment of The Decalogue. Krzysztof Kieslowski's landmark collection of short films was first released on Polish television in 1989 and is based on each of the Ten Commandments. Links to our other posts can be found here.
I was a latecomer to emojis. Despite my wife’s frequent requests that I use them, I refrained from doing so until she installed them on my phone for me. Even now, I still use them with relative rarity. As emojis have surged in popularity, so too have creative ways to… [more]
After Steven Sotloff became the second American journalist to be killed by the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS), many expressed outrage and called on political leaders to take action. In the midst of this, Duck Dynasty’s Phil Robertson, an outspoken Christian, again caused a stir when he… [more]
Holy Ghost, a new documentary from Darren Wilson’s Wanderlust Productions, spends a sizeable amount of time with two figures we’ve been following here at TC for quite a while: Brian “Head” Welch and Reginald “Fieldy” Arvizu of the metal band Korn. Both have had highly public, though separate, conversion experiences,… [more]
As we approach Sunday’s season finale of The Leftovers, HBO’s new series about a Rapture-like occurrence and its aftermath in a small New York town, let’s consider a Gospel story: Jesus said to his disciples, “Compare me to something and tell me what I am like.” Thomas said to him,… [more]
If the stolen photos of naked female celebrities have taught us anything this week, it is that there is a difference between those who consume pornography and peeping toms. Unlike past glimpses of celebrity skin, this instance is particularly disturbing because of the means used to acquire them. The images… [more]
Last winter, my 6-year-old begged me to bake him a cake decorated with his favorite Minecraft-playing YouTuber, Stampylonghead (aka Stampycat, Stampylongnose, Mr. Stampy Cat and Stampy). Fredrik wanted this cake - not to eat - but so we could take a picture and send it along to Stampycat himself, all… [more]
Jim Gaffigan is one of my favorite comedians. He jokes about kids, being a dad and liking food too much. I can relate. His book Dad is Fat spent 17 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. Both his Comedy Central special, Obsessed, and book, Food: A Love Story,… [more]
The strange new movie Frank, starring Michael Fassbender as an enigmatic bandleader who wears a giant papier-mâché head, ends with a remarkable scene of musical reconciliation. The moment – a performance of a song called “I Love You All” - mostly resonates within the narrative of the film itself, but… [more]
At one point in Richard Linklater's Boyhood, Mason asks his father if there's magic in the world. Probably not literal magic, his dad replies. But then he asks the boy: if you didn’t know what a whale was and someone told you there was a giant mammal that lived underwater with a heart as big… [more]
In The Simpsons’ 1990s heyday – well before the Simpsons Marathon currently going on at FX - pundits frequently observed that it was one of the only places on television where the characters regularly went to church. That fact pushed back against the conservative outrage - they swear! they neglect… [more]
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bloveland: We are a country of voyeurs and I think the reasons that we revel in celebrity shame are more about our own competitive nature than we would like to admit.
JKana: Today there's much more of a "go if you want, but no one cares if you don't" attitude about religion. It used to be that people talked about the ones who never went to church. Now people talk about the ones who do.
Stubble: "Slipping from fellowship" could be wrong and unhealthy, but merely "slipping from leadership" could be wholly appropriate.
Steve V: To put a positive spin on it, maybe these 'niche norms' allow us to embrace our God-given uniqueness.
rkw: (The father's) god is the natural world (science, perhaps), but deep within he has his doubts. I have often acted like him, only to find God awaiting my return.
Phoenix: This reminds of my thoughts on social media. It allows (us) to get involved without being invested.