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The Dark Knight Dies and Rises: Sacrifice and Freedom in Gotham

[Spoiler Alert – those who haven’t seen it, run don’t walk…it’s fantastic!] “All their days are full of pain, and their work is a vexation; even at night their minds do not rest.”   -Ecclesiastes 2:23 “Put your sword back in its place, for all who take the sword will perish by the sword.”   […]

Hopelessly Devoted: Numbers Chapter Twenty Two Verses Nine Through Thirty Five

Who knew? For what can be seen as a dark and and foreboding picture of the all-too-fearsome power of the magnifying glass-wrath-and-anthill God, the God of the Old Testament kings and prophets, instead becomes a powerful indication of God’s favor for working things out in the upside-down world of the cross. Old Testament mysteries, talking […]

Forde Friday: Glory vs. Cross Part I

Superhuman theologies of human achievement and graceless religion are a drag. Then along comes Gerhard Forde and puts a finger on what we already know, but couldn’t quite articulate. Happy Forde Friday! Glory vs. Cross Part I Does anyone remember those awful (or at least incredibly cheesy) Christian T-shirts of the 80s and 90s? Budweiser […]

Buddy Christ and the Catholicism WOW Campaign; or, Cross vs. Glory in Dogma

This is a bit of a throwback given that Kevin Smith’s film Dogma is about 12 years old. But I recently let my daughter begin playing with my Buddy Christ statuette since she had been pointing to it on a bookshelf and making quizzical utterances (“hunh?”)—yes, I have a Buddy Christ toy. In any event, […]

Batman, Robin, D-Wade and LeBron

One of the main storylines of these NBA playoffs, if not THE main storyline, is the leadership of the Heat. Is it Dwyane Wade’s team?  LeBron James’?  Who is the alpha dog? As is common in sports journalism, the Batman and Robin tandem is used as an illustration. For instance, Michael Jordan was Batman, while […]

Inflated TV Personas and the Thirst for Glory

In yet another proof that “the thirst for glory is not ended by satisfying it but rather by extinguishing it” (Martin Luther), I present to you the tale of ESPN sports personality/commentator Jay Mariotti. With influence spanning from AOL’s fanhouse to ESPN’s Pardon the Interruption, Mariotti specialized as a superficial, loud-mouthed, shoot-from-the-hip talking head that […]

Amanda Beard on Olympic Expectations, Failure, and Freedom

Athletics are really only one part of the Olympic Games. At least when it comes to American television, the parade of human interest stories has slowly taken on equal importance as the events themselves, sometimes even overshadowing them. The stories are usually familiar: the long hard road to excellence, the valiant overcoming of obstacles, the […]

Don’t Call It A Comeback: The American Music Awards, Mickey Rourke, and the Thirst for Glory

A couple of nights ago I watched the American Music Awards with my wife, and we were struck by all of the “comeback” stories in the entertainment world. Michael Jackson was up for 5 awards including Artist of the Year. He didn’t win that one, but he did win a bunch of others. His sister […]

Ted Kennedy and Living up to Expectations

Ted Kennedy. The “theology of glory” is at work in the pursuit to idealize the Kennedy family, to make them into the beautiful, successful, American dream for which we all are to strive. This is a pressure the late Senator Ted Kennedy publicly contended with everyday. His faults with women and alcohol were persistent; his […]