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FYI-This film was also a major hit at the 2020 SXSW Film Festival, and further news of this documentary can be found here.
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SXSW Online 2021 just dropped iBible: Swipe Righteous series premiere on March 16, 2021. In the spirit of Monty Python and Mel Brooks, these short series takes a 21st century technological spin on well loved Old Testament bible stories. Imagine Adam and Eve meeting on Tindr only to later seek shelter via AirBnB, all the while receiving iMessages, FaceTime requests, and Facebook/Instagram/Twitter. tags from God (and the snake). All good fun, and fortunately, more clever than what passes for typical Christian “humor.”
While the content made me laugh, the constant barrage of screen shots filled with a…
As we head into yet another Thanksgiving, I found it necessary to clear up some misconceptions about Longfellow’s depiction of two of my Pilgrim ancestors (John Alden and Priscilla Mullins) in his famous poem “The Courtship of Miles Standish.” Here is my satirical understanding of how Priscilla might have tried to set the record straight.
Dear Mr. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow,
I objecteth strenuously to thy depiction of me in thy poem “The Courtship of Miles Standish.” …
The 2020 and 2016 presidential elections lay bare some truths undergirding American Christianity. They have been evident to those looking with a certain point of view for centuries, but have not recently been brought out for public view in this strong a way. They are that religion has been used throughout human history to bolster authoritarianism, enable narcissism and various other toxic –isms (racism, sexism, etc.), and contravene its own principles.
As I noted in my book Roger Williams’s Little Book of Virtues (Wipf & Stock, 2020), the history of American Christianity as a sociopolitical tool in the United States…
The North Arlington neighborhood is pristine, the facades are white washed, in antebellum style; The Family’s complex is like the godly images Thomas Kincaid used to paint about filled with light and faith and harmony. There is the same8 smiles of salvation, the same air of being spiritual and superior.
The Cedars is almost like a mausoleum, or a compound in a heavenly enclave constructed to show the way The Family ought to be. Protecting the powerful in prayer.
As in those paintings, this mausoleum, this model compound, there are no paupers. But tennis courts. And swimming pools. …
A short reflection on an fictionalized encounter with a real terror of a therapist …
I tell of my trauma. The terrors that keep me up at night. Unable to connect. Cannot continue.
Therapist tells me EMDR (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing) will heal me.
And so I surrender to this therapist’s tricks.
We begin in silence.
He takes his right hand, index finger up.
Moves his finger in front of my face.
Left to right
Right to left.
I feel his breath
in and out.
So we breathe together.
His right hand continues…
Why Didn’t the Media Tune in to Netflix’s The Family?
As someone who has been reporting on the National Prayer Breakfast hosted by The Family (aka The Fellowship) since Jeff Sharlet’s book The Family: The Secret Fundamentalism at the Heart of American Power debuted in 2008, I tuned into Netflix’s docuseries The Family with almost unbridled anticipation. Perhaps I could finally have in hand visual depictions of this secretive organization in action. Could pictures and video convince those not swayed by the written word that the Family’s actions depict a Christian subculture that’s more Mafioso than missional?
In my review…
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