July 27, 2014

C.S. Lewis on Suffering and Free Will, by Maria Popova

“Try to exclude the possibility of suffering which the order of nature and the existence of free wills involve, and you find that you have excluded life itself.” -C.S. Lewis

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July 8, 2014

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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July 7, 2014

Three Practices to Repair Relational Ruptures, by Todd W. Hall, PhD.

In all my relationships—but especially with the people I lead—my job is to go first in doing everything I can to repair the rupture.

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June 26, 2014

The Volcano in the Backyard: Micro-Worldviews and the Honeymoon from Hell

No one ever plans on a volcanic eruption in their own backyard, but it isn’t as uncommon as one might think. Not when there are so many unseen forces at work in the depths of our worldview. Just ask Jeannie and Kevin about their honeymoon…

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June 18, 2014

LOST Lessons of Leadership 3: A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing – Authoritarian Leadership Learns to Serve

The second season of LOST introduces yet a third approach to leadership in the person of Dr. Benjamin Linus. As evidenced in the clip below, Ben is the most dangerous type of leader in the postmodern world—a pseudo servant leader, or “power broker.”

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June 17, 2014

LOST Lessons of Leadership 2: Jack’s Position of Power – Service for the Common Good

In contrast to the “asshole” style of leadership evidenced by Sawyer and his gun (see, Lesson 1), the first season of LOST open’s with a compelling story of a radically different approach: service.

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June 16, 2014

LOST Lessons of Leadership: What the Island Taught Me About Heroic Character

Like all authoritarian leaders, Sawyer understood that a leadership position is often wielded very much like a gun.

One of the key storylines of LOST’s first season is the tension between Jack (Matthew Fox) and Sawyer (Josh Holloway) for leadership of the small band of plane crash survivors desperately seeking to balance the twin goals of survival and rescue.

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June 15, 2014

Father’s Day 2014: A Tribute and Two Poems for my Dad

It’s been two years since my Dad went into the presence of the Lord on Father’s Day weekend 2012. I can think of no better way to honor him this Father’s Day than to repost the Tribute I wrote for his Memorial service together with two poems I wrote for him growing up. I hope they help you celebrate and cherish your Father today.

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June 13, 2014

A Conversation with Visual Artists Makoto Fujimura and Bruce Herman re “QU4RTETS”


Cairn University hosted an exhibition of QU4RTETS, a collaborative response to T. S. Eliot’s “Four Quartets” in word, image, and music, by Jeremy Begbie, Makoto Fujimura, Bruce Herman, and Christopher Theofanidis. Artists Fujimura and Herman presented this gallery talk about their paintings.

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June 12, 2014

Millennials: Big Career Goals, Limited  Job Prospects, by David Kinnaman

With college debt at an all-time high and twenty-something employment at an all-time low, only 47% of Millennial graduates believe attending college was ‘worth it.’

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June 11, 2014

Hollywood’s Fault and ‘The Fault in Our Stars,’ by Marc Erlbaum

With a spate of teen fantasy films transporting us from reality over the past several years, TFIOS is a welcome return to the world that we actually inhabit.

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June 10, 2014

The Real Stories in the Seattle Pacific University Shooting

With Cable news channels predictably focused on the shooter, we thought we’d give you some more important perspectives to guide your prayers.

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June 8, 2014

Current Films by Act One Graduates Reveal Strange Dichotomy in Box Office Mojo’s ‘Christian Movie’ Category

Clare Sera’s BLENDED and Andrea Nasfell’s MOM’S NIGHT OUT highlight the strange dichotomy between ‘Christian’ movies and the rest of Hollywood. The legitimacy and media attention are nice, but is it really a good thing for faith-based filmmaking?

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May 30, 2014

Why Liberal Arts Education is Best Preparation for Filmmakers, by XMen Producer Ralph Winter


Ralph Winter, who has helped to produce blockbuster movies such as the X-Men, and Star Trek series, advises aspiring Christian filmmakers against attending film school.

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May 29, 2014

How Maya Angelou’s Class Changed My Life, by Margaret Feinberg

Ms. Angelou captured my heart and imagination not because of her fame, accolades or literary acclaim, but because she displayed such deep, rich wisdom. Maya Angelou didn’t want us to just have information, she wanted us to take part in the process of transformation.

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May 22, 2014

The College Chapel: Puritan Relic or Campus Hot Spot?

If Christian Smith is correct that Jesus establishes particular ‘hot spots of sacramentality’ and endues them with a special sense of God’s presence, then the Christian college chapel needs to be the hot spot on campus

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May 21, 2014

Revival and Moral Philosophy: A Puritan Vision for American Higher Education

The leaders of these colleges were key to a surprising intellectual synthesis of revival and common-sense moral philosophy that dominated American thinking from 1790 to 1865 and which led to the remarkable Christianization of American society.

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May 11, 2014

Two Views of Revenge from “Princess Bride” star Mandy Patinkin (Inigo Montoya)

Mandy Patinkin reveals the secret personal fuel behind his creation of Inigo Montoya’s drive for revenge in the original film shoot, and his profound insight into revenge 25 years later. (Video)

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April 16, 2014

Crash Goes the Worldview: Why Character Transformation Requires Changing Scripts

If imitation is the highest form of flattery, then we are constantly flattering the individuals and communities who have transmitted their “scripts” to us. But how do we change our story if we’re a character in somebody else’s play?

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