Applying the Five Love Languages to Prayer

How often in Christianity are we told that we need to have a personal relationship with God? Being asked if you have a “close and personal relationship with God” is practically a cliche turn of phrase these days, so that we may not even really consider what it means to have a “relationship with God.” How often do we think of our relationship with God in the same way that we think about our earthly relationships, such as with our…

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What I read: August 2018

Please note: I have intentionally decided not to include Amazon links (unless something is available exclusively on Amazon). Instead, if you are interested in reading any of the books I mention, I encourage you to check out your local library or independent bookstore. These places (and the communities around them) need your support, and they are generally quite willing to order any book if they don’t currently have it in stock. However, if Amazon is still the more practical choice…

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Doctor Who: An Introductory Guide

It’s a nerve-wracking time right now in the Whovian Universe. This fall will premiere not only a new incarnation of the character of the Doctor (and the first time that the Doctor will be played by a woman) but the series will also have a new show-runner, which could potentially change the entire feel of the characters and how the stories are told. Personally, I’m attempting cautious optimism about the future of this show that I love so much, but…

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Chesterton, Elfland, and the Modern Imagination

I recently attended my very first Chesterton Conference, an event which is put on every year by the American Chesterton Society. If you have never heard of the writer G.K. Chesterton, it might strike you as odd that there could be an entire conference dedicated to his work, never mind an entire national organization. (Chesterton is actually celebrated world-wide, as there is also an Australian Chesterton Society, as well) Well, let me tell you, Chesterton is probably the greatest writer…

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My Harry Potter Confession

Anyone who knows me knows that I am a giant nerd. They probably know that I am obsessed with The Lord of the Rings, Doctor Who, and the Marvel superhero movies. That I buy books faster than I can actually read them (even though, on average, I get through about five books a month). They can probably guess that I have been an avid reader since I was a child. Stories, and especially epic stories, are my jam and I…

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What I read: July 2018

Please note: I have intentionally decided not to include Amazon links (unless something is available exclusively on Amazon). Instead, if you are interested in reading any of the books I mention, I encourage you to check out your local library or independent bookstore. These places (and the communities around them) need your support, and they are generally quite willing to order any book if they don’t currently have it in stock. However, if Amazon is still the more practical choice…

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What I read: June 2018

Please note: I have intentionally decided not to include Amazon links (unless something is available exclusively on Amazon). Instead, if you are interested in reading any of the books I mention, I encourage you to check out your local library or independent bookstore. These places (and the communities around them) need your support, and they are generally quite willing to order any book if they don’t currently have it in stock. However, if Amazon is still the more practical choice…

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What I read: May 2018

Please note: I have intentionally decided not to include Amazon links (unless something is available exclusively on Amazon). Instead, if you are interested in reading any of the books I mention, I encourage you to check out your local library or independent bookstore. These places (and the communities around them) need your support, and they are generally quite willing to order any book if they don’t currently have it in stock. However, if Amazon is still the more practical choice…

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Make Good Art

We have entered into graduation season, and many of us (if not graduating ourselves) will be attending the graduation ceremonies of others. Just as the Royal Wedding this past weekend prompted many to reflect on and share memories of their own weddings, I suppose it is natural that this season of academic achievement would also prompt moments of nostalgia and remembrance of wisdom shared in the past.  Thanks to technology, you can watch on YouTube various commencement speeches by various celebrities,…

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Marvel Cinematic Universe: Phase Two

One of the things that I love about the MCU movies is that one could take the entire series and use it as a course in storytelling. Even though the basis of all the movies is superheroes, there are still multiple other sub-genres represented: war movies, spies and espionage, fantasy and mythology, heists, and, I would argue, the Iron Man movies are your basic modern action movies with some interesting character development thrown in. There are also quite a wide…

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