Archive | April, 2012

Screenwriting 101: Why the Story Structure Aerodynamics Matter, by Christopher Riley

April 30, 2012

The magic of flying isn’t the laws of aerodynamics any more than the magic of cinema is the principles of film structure. But those laws and those principles make the magic possible, enabling mere mortals to harness the power of flight.

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Podcast: Dave Schmelzer and Gary David Stratton on Faith, Culture, Hollywood and Ivy League

April 28, 2012

On April 7, author, and playwright-turned-pastor Dave Schmelzer interviewed me for a podcast posted 4/19 on his website: Not The Religious Type, on the Blue Ocean platform. It was a great experience, and I really want you to listen to it. However, first I’d like you to know a few things about Dave and his […]

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Toward a Deep Blue Ocean: Forging a Robust Spiritual Development Stage-Theory

April 26, 2012

Part of ongoing series How Millennials Who Gave up on Church are Redefining Faith and Re-engaging Community Jonathan Edwards placed the blame for Satan’s victory in the First Great Awakening upon the failure of the stage-theory used by the pastors of his day.  Are we in danger of a similar gaffe? By Gary David Stratton, PhD • Bethel University (See also, […]

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Christians in Hollywood: A Treatment, by Mission Impossible Writer, Ron Austin

April 25, 2012

Antagonism between Christianity and a Hollywood establishment is part of the rift between Christianity and much of popular culture itself. But the roots of the conflict go much deeper.

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Dean Batali, ‘That 70s Show’ Writer and Producer, Shares His Greatest Cultural Influencers

April 24, 2012

One of today’s most articulate voices for faithful engagement in culture, Dean Batali, is best known for his work on That ‘70s Show, where he served as a writer for seven years and as an executive producer for the show’s final season.

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Waiting on the Sun, by Patrick Wood

April 23, 2012

Answering God’s faith-building call By Patrick Wood Called to Hollywood? It wasn’t that I had a difficult time believing Dr. Stratton had, in fact, received such a command from the Lord. His ability to hear from God—an area I hoped to grow in myself as a young grad student—is what drew me to pursue a mentoring […]

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Why Won’t Christian Men Date Women in Their Church? by Christy Krumm

April 22, 2012

It’s not that he’s just not that into you; it’s that the church is just not that into being human. By Christy Krumm “I’ve only gone out with a couple of girls at church, and I won’t do it anymore,” says Luke*, a 40-year-old Christian man living in Southern California. “At this point, I’m happily resigned to […]

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Mobile Faith: The Leading Spiritual iPhone Apps, by Jane R. Johnson

April 21, 2012

Seek sources of inspiration and solace from divine technology by Jane R. Johnson Technology makes our lives much easier in a variety of ways. Today our phones help us shop, locate the best deals, budget our finances, and stay on top of the latest news. However, technology can help on a much deeper level as […]

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