Category Archives: Personal Commentary

Commentary on my life or beliefs.

Alone But Not Alone and The Christian Imagination of History

Recently the indie Christian film Alone But Not Alone made some waves when it was nominated for an Oscar for best song, a number sung by Joni Eareckson Tada. This was controversial because it was such an obscure film that … Continue reading

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Blackface and Bloodstains

Fall, the season of racism. Every October people around the world get dressed up and attend various costumed parties or functions, usually in some connection to Halloween. Inevitably stories and pictures emerge of white people dressing up in racial or … Continue reading

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Filming Sundance: Tradition, technology, and journalism collide.

A few weeks ago I was invited to help at a sundance ceremony that was being organized and run by friends of mine in the Native American community. Sundance is a sacred ceremony common to a number of Native American … Continue reading

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Cloud Atlas and the most Fundamental Tension in Human History

Every great story has to have a source of tension.  Without tension, a “story” is nothing more than the description of scenery. Recently I watched and thoroughly enjoyed Clout Atlas.  The reason I fell in love with this movie is … Continue reading

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“Check your Privilege!”: Bidding penguins to fly.

“Check your privilege!” Recently on Twitter I have seen a lot of people saying, “Check your privilege” to others. Some believe asking someone to check their privilege is just an ad hominem/Marxist fallacy. I do not agree.  At the same time, I think … Continue reading

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The last several months and the last several years…

About the last several months… Last Summer I wrote three of what I consider to be the best and most honest pieces I have ever written. (They can be accessed here, here, and here)  They were the fruit of a … Continue reading

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Sandy Hook, Mass Shootings, and Gun Culture in the U.S.A.: Why (as a gun owner) I am for sensible gun legislation.

The tragedy mass shooting at Sandy Hook was not caused by one thing.  As soon as the shooting happened everyone (including myself) got on their soap box and focused on one aspect of the tragedy.  Everyone pointed to their favorite culprit and suggest … Continue reading

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