Category: Theology

Three Billboards’ Angry Prayer

Three Billboards’ Angry Prayer

In my most recent piece for Think Christian, I wrote about Martin McDonagh's Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. I initially loved the movie, completely taken by the movie's audacity and Frances McDormand's amazing performance as Mildred Hayes. As I chewed on it, the movie's choppy storytelling and nihilistic humor bothered me more and more, and … Continue reading Three Billboards’ Angry Prayer

The Theology of Superman

The Theology of Superman

For a long time now, I've wanted to do more writing about theological themes in comic books (which are, really, my first love). I finally got to do so in this piece for Living Lutheran. All Star Superman by Grant Morrison, Frank Quitely, and Jamie Grant acts very much as a gospel message, telling the … Continue reading The Theology of Superman

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast: Transformative Forms of Love (Renewed Mind Movie Talk)

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast: Transformative Forms of Love (Renewed Mind Movie Talk)

Because I'm the sole writer, editor, and programmer (and, to be honest, viewer) of Renewed Mind Movie Talk, I've only done movies I like. Sure, I've skipped over some stranger flicks I enjoy in favor of something more popular, and thus more likely to gain viewers, but I haven't spent time on a movie I … Continue reading Disney’s Beauty and the Beast: Transformative Forms of Love (Renewed Mind Movie Talk)

RELAUNCH! Sort of… Renewed Mind Movie Talk

RELAUNCH! Sort of… Renewed Mind Movie Talk

I've been doing Renewed Mind Movie Talk for a while now, but I have to admit that I'm not entirely thrilled with the results. I started this series with two goals: 1) to give Christians better tools for engaging with stories than the usual "moral/immoral" binary and 2) to foster empathy among evangelical Christians by … Continue reading RELAUNCH! Sort of… Renewed Mind Movie Talk

Spider-man 2: Power, Responsibility, Identity (Renewed Mind Movie Talk, Episode 08)

Spider-man 2: Power, Responsibility, Identity (Renewed Mind Movie Talk, Episode 08)

Oh man, I realize I never posted last week's video here. So here's the belated 8th episode of Renewed Mind Movie Talk: Spider-man 2: Power, Responsibility, Identity. In this episode, I talk about my favorite Spider-man movie (sorry, Homecoming), and how the film dramatizes an identity crisis. This identity crisis can help Christians think about … Continue reading Spider-man 2: Power, Responsibility, Identity (Renewed Mind Movie Talk, Episode 08)

Edgar Wright’s The World’s End: To Err is Human (Renewed Mind Movie Talk, Episode 09)

Edgar Wright’s The World’s End: To Err is Human (Renewed Mind Movie Talk, Episode 09)

New episode of Renewed Mind Movie Talk! In this episode, we look at the last entry in the Cornetto Trilogy, a series of movies directed by Edgar Wright (Baby Driver) and featuring actor/writers Simon Pegg and Nick Frost: Shaun of the Dead (2004), Hot Fuzz (2007), and The World's End (2013). The World's End is … Continue reading Edgar Wright’s The World’s End: To Err is Human (Renewed Mind Movie Talk, Episode 09)