Arts & Culture

Why We Were Undone by the Notre-Dame Fire – Christian Article

We are, all of us, having a moment. Watching the beautiful cathedral of Notre-Dame de Paris apparently consumed by fire brings everyone up short: French or not, Christian or not, Catholic or not. As we watched the conflagration, slack-jawed on our smartphones, we were suddenly faced with any number of uncomfortable thoughts: Nothing lasts. Life is transitory. Permanence is an illusion. Is this the end? Architecture has this power: What inspires us can also undo us. The power that Notre-Dame…

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Many Video Games Are Life and Death. One Is Death and Then Life. – Christian Article

“It felt like a video game where all the mechanics are broken.” These are the words of a heartbroken father, whose efforts to save his young son proved futile. Ryan Green is a game designer from Colorado, married to Amy. But when their 1-year-old son, Joel, was diagnosed with brain cancer, life seemed anything but a game. Usually video games put the player in the driver’s seat. Your decisions determine the outcome. With skill, cunning, and perseverance, you can overcome…

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The Brave New World of Bible Reading – Christian Article

“My Bible died.” I was teaching a class and asked for someone to read a Bible verse. As soon as the student had opened his Bible app and located the verse, his digital tablet—and Bible—died. This declaration made me realize we are living in a brave new world of Bible reading. The digital age is doing some curious things to the Bible. Not only can modern Bibles “die” because of low batteries, but they can also speak, search, share, notify,…

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How to Talk to Your Kids About ‘Shazam!’ – Christian Article

Why it’s worth talking about: Although Shazam! aims to be nothing more than a goofy and fun superhero blockbuster aimed at younger viewers, there are several overtly Christian themes that provide parents an opening to talk about theological topics. Note: The rest of this article contains spoilers. None of the revealed information will lessen your enjoyment of the movie, and it will prepare you to have a robust discussion after seeing it with your child. What it’s about: Billy Batson, a 14-year-old foster…

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The Indie Synth Worship of South of Royal – Christian Article

I love hymns accompanied by booming pipe organs in cavernous cathedrals. I also love hymns accompanied by synthesizers and drum machines in warehouse-style evangelical megachurches. Both can be beautiful ways to worship our great God, and I think more churches should make room for both styles (and everything in between). South of Royal is a church-based worship band that demonstrates the “synthesizers and drum machines” style of hymnody. Called everything from synth pop rock to indie synth worship, the band…

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Is the Church Where Creativity Goes to Die? – Christian Article

The following is an uncorrected transcript generated by a transcription service. Before quoting in print, please check the corresponding audio for accuracy.  Thomas Terry: We began talking a lot about creativity and theology. And as we were talking about it, we began to see that there was some serious problems. I’ve been a creative since I was 12 years old. I first started doing music and writing lyrics as a 12-year-old. It was kind of an escape for me. I…

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