5 Story Elements From Arabian Nights

“Not another elf!” Hugo Dyson said that while listening to J.R.R. Tolkien read "Lord of the Rings" in  Inklings meetings. While I disagree with Dyson’s assessment, I must admit it’s been tempting to repeat that phrase when reading modern fantasy. Since Tolkien published his epic in 1954, many fantasy writers have imitated his style --British/Germanic folklore …

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Resurrection of Gavin Stone and Truth Wrapped in Church Language

A new Christian film just hit theaters, and all the usual problems seem to be present. I personally think that’s a shame since the concept sounded like it could work: a washed-out actor cons his way into a church play and then gets more than he bargained for. Going off the criticisms and reviews so far,  the …

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What Happens When Christians Fear Pop Culture?

“Christianity is not about building an absolutely secure little niche in the world where you can live with your perfect little wife and your perfect little children in your beautiful little house where you have no gays or minority groups anywhere near you.” Christian musician Rich Mullins said that in a 1997 concert, and it’s …

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Why Christians Ignore The World Around Them

When did Christians decide artwork could only talk about Christianity in obvious, preachy ways? Specifically, why do many evangelical Protestants promote Christian art that’s obviously Christian but ignore or criticize Christian artists working in the secular world? There are several reasons – some I’ve mentioned in earlier blogs and some I’m still learning. Possibly the …

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