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Doctor Who: The Woman Who Fell to Earth

With a new showrunner, new Doctor, and a new gender, conservative social critics feared heavy-handed gender fluidity messaging in the ...
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Night of the Living Dead

As we take a closer look at horror this October, some popular genres are apt to be dismissed as mere ...
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Is Horror Biblical?

Now that we're in October and nearing Halloween, a familiar question resurfaces - should Christians be involved in the horror ...
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Venom

Sometimes I have to break from the consensus - Venom is no Spider-Man 2, but neither is it Catwoman. It ...
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Now Streaming, October 2018

October, rather fittingly, is the month that sees plenty of horror films come back to streaming services. Defining horror a ...
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Wait, is Avril Lavigne a Worship Artist Now?

Canadian singer Avril Lavigne has returned to the music business, planning the release of her first studio album since 2013 ...
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Movies

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Night of the Living Dead

As we take a closer look at horror this October, some popular genres are apt to be dismissed as mere blood and guts.  The zombie genre is one of them.  But one of the genre’s original films reveals many more layers.

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Venom

Sometimes I have to break from the consensus – Venom is no Spider-Man 2, but neither is it Catwoman.  It is nothing more or less than a fun-but-flawed comic book movie.

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Hereditary: Grief, Guilt, and Fear

Grief and depression is something many of us are very familiar with. Hereditary takes the subject and molds it into one of the deepest most haunting horror films of the past decade.

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Music

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Arctic Monkeys: Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino

In space, no one can fix your problems.
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Underoath: Erase Me

Christian metalheads have an ax to grind, and its name is Underoath.

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BØRNS – Blue Madonna

Garrett Borns has been brought down to the blue blue earth.
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TV Shows

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Doctor Who: The Woman Who Fell to Earth

With a new showrunner, new Doctor, and a new gender, conservative social critics feared heavy-handed gender fluidity messaging in the newest season of Doctor Who.  Fortunately, those fears may not have come to fruition.

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Iron Fist Season 2

Rebounding from a poorly received first season, the Marvel/Netflix collaboration Iron Fist turns out a stronger outing, with pervading themes of addiction and recovery.

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Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan

CIA analyst Dr. Jack Ryan is no Jason Bourne. He follows bank transactions, writes reports, creates custom SQL queries. He has a PhD in economics and left Wall Street for a desk job at the agency. But when a lead he tracks down ends up revealing the next Osama Bin Laden, he gets thrown into field work, bullets and all.

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Books

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The Vanity of Fame in ‘The Epic of Gilgamesh’

Christian circles largely know The Epic of Gilgamesh in terms of comparison.  The story does act as something of a parallel to the biblical story of Noah, albeit with important differences – the gods regret sending the flood, and they were not unanimous in saving the Noah figure, Utnapishtim.  But the story taken in its whole is saying something more interesting, something close to the heart of the biblical book of Ecclesiastes.

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Les Miserables: Justice and Compassion

Les Misérables is a very old book, written to a very old political context.  How appropriate, then, that it is still exactly the thing we need to hear.

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Dragon Teeth

A suspenseful and intriguing tale, Dragon Teeth is quintessentially Michael Crichton.  Following the intense and sometimes violent rivalry between two paleontologists in 1875, the story exudes Crichton’s own love for dinosaurs, in what was likely the real-life story that inspired Jurassic Park.  Closely based on actual history, including journals of the two men, the novel serves as a sort of love letter to the adventures of the early years of paleontology, but also removes the veil of both professional ambition and the violent anarchy of the wild west.

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Comics

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Batman (Rebirth): Vol. 4

Batman writer Tom King has an excellent grasp on what makes Batman an interesting character underneath the cowl.  But what of tackling The Dark Knight’s mightiest foes?

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Batman (Rebirth): Vol. 3

After a brief respite from the theme of grief, Tom King returns to it in full force with his third volume in the revamped Batman series.  In so doing, he analyzes the psyche of Batman as a still-grieving 10-year old boy (what comic writer hasn’t, after all), but also puts a magnifying glass on Bane in a similar light.

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Batman (Rebirth): Vol. 2

Although hinting at ideas such as faith and grief, volume two of the Rebirth Batman series fails to deliver on its setup.

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