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Blown Knees, Thwarted Plans, and the Wounds of Grace

In his sermon on Genesis 32, Tim Keller defines “wounds of grace” as “the chronic physical limitations that a person endures after wrestling all night (literally or figuratively) with the living God and living to tell about it”. In this chapter, Jacob wrestles with “an Angel of the Lord” or “a pre-incarnate Jesus Christ” (as […]

We’re All Good, We’re All Bad, We’re All Loving Craig Finn’s “Honolulu Blues”

Hold Steady frontman Craig Finn dropped the first single from his forthcoming FNL-inspired debut, Clear Heart Full Eyes, today and man if the lyrics aren’t absurdly awesome. Funny, frank, disillusioned but hanging on, at the mercy of something that doesn’t always make sense, but very much in the same boat as everyone else, and unable […]

The Year in Television 2010

I remember in high school once arguing with a friend about the obvious inferiority of television as a medium, that any format created solely to sell advertising could never reach the same artistic heights as, say, the silver screen. Silly rabbit… The golden age of television rolled on this year, once again significantly eclipsing anything […]

Twelve Pieces Of Pop Culture Worth Looking Forward To This Fall

With the most important arrival finally here, it’s time to turn our attention to the lights on this Fall’s pop culture horizon. In no particular order, the non-goes-without-saying items (i.e. no FNL, Harry Potter or Mavis Staples) that this blogger is most looking forward over the next three months are: 1. Monsters (Oct 29th). Lots […]

Another Week Ends: Interfaith Marriages, Mavis Staples & Jeff Tweedy, Bible Study Etiquette, FNL, Cage Fighting

1. Speaking of love and marriage (see below), The Washington Post ran a very interesting article earlier this week entitled “Love Conquers All. Except Religion” charting the rise and tragically frequent fall of interfaith marriages. Apparently Jewish-Christian marriages are most precarious, with Catholic-Evangelical not too far behind. Surprisingly, there’s only a passing mention of Atheist/Agnostic-Christian […]

FNL Clip for Today….

“Give all of us gathered here tonight the strength to remember that life is so very fragile. We are all vulnerable, and we will all, at some point in our lives… fall. We will all fall. We must carry this in our hearts… that what we have is special. That it can be taken from […]

Another Week Begins: The Science of Free Will, Pixar News, Emergent(cy), FNL and Willow

1. An absolutely fascinating write-up from Jesse Bering over at Scientific American of the recent ‘free will’-related research, charmingly titled “Scientists Say Free Will Probably Doesn’t Exist, but Urge ‘Don’t Stop Believing!’”. Stay away if you have an allergy to Hitler-based arguments… Perhaps the most ground-breaking finding is (ht BZ): “when people believe—or are led […]

This Kid Can Flat-Out Play: Judgment and Love in Friday Night Lights

One of the many reasons we champion the NBC show Friday Night Lights is its understanding and depiction of human dynamics. At its core, this is not a show about football – no more than, say, Whit Stillman’s film The Last Days of Disco is about disco. It is a show about the human condition, […]

Another Week Ends: Christian Kung Fu, Calvin and Hobbes, Luther, Mel Gibson, Muppets, FNL, Dollhouse

1. An article in The New York Times this week about “Where Feet, Fist and Faith Collide”. A number of Evangelical churches have turned to martial arts as a means to reach out to disaffected young men. While I certainly applaud the efforts of churches to engage with the widespread and tragic “fatherlessness” epidemic, I […]