Scooby-Doo, Plot Holes and Why They’re Needed

Some time ago, I wrote an article on the idea that plot holes are necessary. That is, spend enough time looking at any given creative product and you'll find some plot hole that logically should keep the story from working. Recently I finished binge watching the first two seasons of the original Scooby-Doo series, and …

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Accidentally Christian: A Look at Richard Donner’s The Omen

Here's a concept I learned in college: All truth is God's truth. In other words, because truth is an objective thing which exists outside of us, we can look at anything that makes a statement about life and affirm theparts of it which reflect objective truth. You can look at Norse myths about Balder, the …

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This Present Darkness Vs The Exorcist: A Compare and Contrast

Editor's Note: I will return to my Building a Better Christian Novel series in November. Seeing as Halloween is a holiday which brings up various spiritual questions, it seemed appropriate to do some posts on Halloween-worthy topics this month. "When I was writing the novel, I thought I was writing a supernatural detective story that …

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Add A Little Cheesiness (Building a Better Christian Novel Pt 3)

I review Christian books, mostly nonfiction ones but I do get a Christian Fiction novel or two each month. Occasionally I’ll get one that I enjoy, and frequently I’ll give 3 or 4 stars just because I know the author means well and it’s not too terrible. However, most of the time I’m just not …

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The Soft Critique (Building a Better Christian Novel Pt 2)

I review Christian books, mostly nonfiction ones but I do get a Christian Fiction novel or two each month. Occasionally I'll get one that I enjoy, and frequently I'll give 3 or 4 stars just because I know the author means well and it's not too terrible. However, most of the time I'm just not …

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The Hard Choice to Do Good (Building A Better Christian Novel Pt 1)

I review Christian books, mostly nonfiction ones but I do get a Christian Fiction novel or two each month. Occasionally I'll get one that I enjoy, and frequently I'll give 3 or 4 stars just because I know the author means well and it's not too terrible. However, most of the time I'm just not …

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Breaking a Genre Gently: Thoughts on What Makes Art Work

Conversations about good art versus bad art often talk about using the medium well. For example, one might discuss whether the latest Ted Dekker novel works well as a thriller, based on other examples of what makes a good thriller novel. Or on a different level, one could discuss whether that novel works well as …

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