Book Giveaway: Andy Stanley’s “How To Be Rich”

March 5, 2014

‏A few months ago, Andy Stanley tweeted about his new book “How To Be Rich,” and I replied with a snarky response: @AndyStanley Jan 13 Just found out some of you haven’t purchased your copy yet. Join the movement. BeRich http://tinyurl.com/mrtmmo2 ‏@CoolingTwilight Jan 13 @AndyStanley I understand how me buying your book makes YOU rich. […]

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Why was the Ham/Nye debate audience so white?

February 14, 2014

Elizabeth Dias, in her Time magazine piece about the Ham/Nye debate, What You Missed While Not Watching the Bill Nye and Ken Ham Creation Debate, made the following observation: 2 minutes. Nye, in his signature bowtie, and Ham, with his Aussie accent, hop on stage, shake hands, and ready themselves behind their respective Apple laptops […]

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Twittering with Young Earth Creationists

February 10, 2014

@CoolingTwilight # Do you believe in evolution? #thereisabook that will tell you about Jesus. And then you can keep believing in evolution.

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Duke Ellington and American Hustle

January 28, 2014

Yesterday I shared some brief thoughts on American Hustle and noted the use of Duke Ellington’s music in that film. I’ve been thinking a bit more about that connection and it seems to me that the use of his music intentionally references the larger narrative of the movie.

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Her Hustle

January 27, 2014
Her Hustle

I unintentionally took in an Amy Adams double-feature this weekend: Her followed by American Hustle. The former gets a solid thumbs down, the latter, an equally solid thumbs up.

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Reflections on “Inside Llewyn Davis”

January 13, 2014

Rather than write a review of the Cohen brothers’ newest film, Inside Llewyn Davis, I’m merely going to offer some general thoughts in response to it. They likely won’t mean much to you if you haven’t seen the movie, and they necessarily contain some plot spoilers. So if you haven’t yet seen it, please move […]

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Me and Mr. Ham

January 11, 2014

I recently caused a bit of a dustup with my Patheos post about Ken Ham: “Creationist Ken Ham versus the Truth.”

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Why doesn’t rap get respect?

January 9, 2014

I recently re-watched the 2012 documentary Something from Nothing: The Art of Rap. Though far from a comprehensive and critical examination of rap, it’s nevertheless an intriguing and enjoyable overview of the major hip hop artists and their reflections on their craft. Near the beginning of the film, Ice-T opines: Rap has introduced poetry to […]

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Christianity, Homosexuality and 1 Corinthians 6.9-10

January 6, 2014

1 Corinthians 6.9-10 is often cited as the final word on the Christian understanding of homosexuality. It’s trotted out as definitive proof that not only is homosexuality inherently sinful, but also that homosexuals cannot be Christians. But it’s crucial to read these verses in their wider context and to carefully consider what Paul is and […]

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Free Ebook: “Russian Wonder Tales”

January 3, 2014

In 1912 Post Wheeler, an American diplomat stationed in St. Petersberg, collected and translated twelve Russian folktales along with their accompanying illustrations by Ivan Bilibin.

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