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Avatar and the Prodigal Nephew

Our exploration of gracious themes in Avatar: The Last Airbender continues. To start at the beginning, go here. At the show’s outset, four characters are introduced to viewers as the main leads. Teens Sokka and Katara discover Aang frozen in ice, and the promised Avatar is freed after a hundred years. But unbeknownst to the […]

Avatar, Humiliation, Exaltation, and Manhood

To start at the beginning of our exploration of gracious themes in Avatar: The Last Airbender, go here. Theologians and scholars have noted that the pattern of Philippians 2‘s famous “Christ hymn” is one of exaltation through humiliation. We understand that Jesus is a big deal, but what made him a big deal was and […]

Avatar and the Motherly Love of God

The gracious exploration of Avatar: The Last Airbender continues. Check out the introduction to the series here. Spoilers abound! One of the unintuitive themes of Avatar: The Last Airbender is its choice to explore the power of the maternal in opposition to a world at war. At the risk of oversimplification, the power of the […]