March 5, 2015

God’s Cure for a Very Bad Day, by Sue Stratton

It is impossible to love and be loved while filled with a toxic sense of fear and shame.

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March 4, 2015

Fear, Shame, Hiding, and Blame: God and The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, by Sue Stratton

We must overcome these four deeply rooted response patterns to become all that we are created to be. We must somehow return to the Garden from whence we came.

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March 3, 2015

What’s in a Name? The Presence of God! by Sue Stratton

Of course God is present in all of his creation all of the time, but this is different. I tell my college students: God is ‘in your face’ present!

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March 2, 2015

Millennials and Lent: An Unlikely Pairing, by David Kinnaman

Millennials are by far the least likely age group to be aware of Lent—but, interestingly, they are more likely than average to say they are planning to fast.

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March 1, 2015

Give it a Rest! by Keith Kettenring, PhD

It is in the place of relational intimacy with the Father (like Jesus has) that true rest is experienced and lived.
Third post in a series of Lenten Reflections by Two Handed Warrior writers

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February 28, 2015

Anne Lamott on How We Endure and Find Meaning in a Crazy World, by Maria Popova

The world is always going to be dangerous, and people get badly banged up, but how can there be more meaning than helping one another stand up in a wind and stay warm?

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February 27, 2015

Inside Out Screenwriting: What’s My Final Image? by Jeremy Casper

A story is a narrative about a single character who must overcome some sort of conflict in order to solve a very specific problem.

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February 26, 2015

Why Beauty Matters in a Broken World, by Catherine Hart Weber, Ph.D.

We can’t escape the pain, darkness, and brokenness of a fallen world, neither can we escape the beauty of Christ’s transforming life. Through the 40 days of lent we acknowledge this, in us, and around us.

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February 25, 2015

The Soul Killing Problem of Bad Art, by Ashley Ariel

As artists and as theologians (for make no mistake, we are all living out some form of theology making us all theologians) we need to be less sure of being “right” and more secure in taking the risk to say, “I don’t know. Let’s explore this.”

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February 24, 2015

The “Doc Ock” Challenge of Cultural Engagement, by James K. A. Smith

The doctor’s intimate association with his own creation (the octopus-like apparatus) was assumed in order to effect transformation; but the sad result is that the apparatus has changed him. What about us?

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February 23, 2015

Why I am Giving Up Prayer for Lent, by Margaret Feinberg

I’ve been thinking a lot about Lent this year and wondering how best to walk through the next seven weeks. I know people who are giving up Twitter, chocolate, and a long list of self-indulgent or addictive activities and foods. As I’ve reflected, I’ve decided to give up prayer for Lent.

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February 22, 2015

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100+ Top ‘Deep Culture Impact’ Worldview Films of All-Time (2015)

Tonight the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will award the 2015 Best Picture, yet the academy missed most of these “Deep Culture” Impact films. Will this year’s winner one day join this august company?

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February 22, 2015

Why are ‘Deep Culture Impact’ Films so Rare?

In the past 40 years only three Academy Award-winning films managed to break into the coveted top 60 all-time box office earners. Here’s Why.

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February 22, 2015

High Culture? Pop Culture? Shouldn’t a Great Film Impact DEEP Culture?

One helpful (but fallible) way to estimate ‘deep culture’ impact is to look for films that have achieved success what at what Hollywood sometimes calls the “double bottom-line.”

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February 22, 2015

The Oscar “Huh?!” Factor: Why Academy Voters Usually Pick the Wrong Film

Unfortunately, most Academy voters aren’t like the Hollywood Reporter’s Scott Feinberg who recently opined: “I try to vote in a way so that, in 50 years, people aren’t going to go, ‘Huh?!'” In fact, history reveals that, when it comes to picking the film future audiences will recognize as truly great 50 years from now, Oscar voters nearly always miss the mark. Here’s why.

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February 21, 2015

Gut-Level Knowledge: Micro-Worldviews, Attachment Theory and the Enneagram

Our largely subconscious values and belief system grows out of our unique life story and profoundly influences our life strategy. Yet it is so deeply tied to our identity it can be extremely difficulty to detect, even in ourselves. Still, it is possible to at least catch a glimpse… if you know where to look.

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February 20, 2015

What is Spiritual Formation? by Dallas Willard, PhD

We have multitudes of professing Christians who well may be ready to die, but obviously are not ready to live, and can hardly get along with themselves, much less with others.

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February 19, 2015

You Are What You Eat (and Do): Why You Might Not Want to Give Up Chocolate For Lent

At first glance, the concept of Embodied Cognition looks more like some new whackadoodle academic program than serious research. But could it be scientific evidence for an ancient Christian practice?

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February 18, 2015

An Ash Wednesday Conversation: Why Lent is a lot like Surfing

The surfer doesn’t create the waves, but her board puts her in a position to catch their energy. In the same way, spiritual disciplines don’t create the transforming power of God, but they do put us in a position to catch it.

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