Should Christians Avoid Video Games?

The video game industry generated a record $43.4 billion in worldwide revenue in 2018. That was an 18% increase over the previous year. For comparison, in 2018 global box office revenues were $41.7 billion and revenues for streaming video services were around $28.8 billion. Video gaming has come a long way since Pac-Man and with ...

Covenants With God in the Pentateuch

I. The Pentateuch's Central Theme The first five books of the Roman Catholic Canon of Sacred Scripture are collectively called the Pentateuch. The Pentateuch includes the Old Testament books of Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy. The word “Pentateuch” comes from the Greek words pente meaning five and teuchos meaning rolls or scrolls. Jews refer ...

Words Matter: Two Little Known Sins That Can Kill

Words are powerful, but some of us seem too caught up in the noise of social media, blogs, podcasts and streaming video to pay attention to the effect our words actually have on the world. This is especially true for what I will call “influencers” for the purpose of this article. By influencers I mean ...

The Prophet of Scripture and the Wizard of Fantasy: Part I: Archetypes and Myths

Archetypes In her book, Awakening the Heroes Within, Carol S. Pearson discusses twelve archetypes. According to psychologist Carl Jung, an archetype is a symbol or motif that is repeatedly represented in mythology, art and literature. In all forms of storytelling we see universal characters and situations that are unrelated, yet they share many of the ...

Planetary Peregrinations: CS Lewis’ Space Trilogy: Out of Silent Planet

Growing up I had those glow-in-the-dark planet decals attached to the ceiling of my bedroom. Space exploration and the study of astronomy always fascinated me and still grips my attention. As a kid, I even made sure my planet decals were proportionately spaced from the sun [the light in the center of my bedroom ceiling] ...

Why St Paul Would Have Kept His Netflix Subscription

If you decided to cancel your Netflix subscription because of their comments about abortion laws, good for you for taking a stand. But now you don’t have access to some of the most watched media content in the world. In the spirit of John 15:19 you may be thinking, “Good, because I am in the ...

Finnian and the Seven Mountains #2: The Great Adventure Continues

In my post about Issue #1 of Finnian and the Seven Mountains, I talked about how important it is for Catholics to engage the culture through storytelling. It is through Catholic (universal and human) themes, that we can communicate with our neighbors and participate in our communities in interesting and creative ways. Mr. Kosloski continues ...

The Virgin Mary in the Netflix Film “I Am Mother”

Spoilers ahead! I Am Mother is a Netflix original sci-fi thriller that takes place after an extinction event wipes out most of humanity. Mother, an advanced artificial intelligence robot, raises Daughter who is born one of 63,000 human embryos stored in an underground facility built to restart the human race.  I am not sure how ...

Are you ready to follow Jesus? Good. Now burn your bridges, sink your ships and smash your computers.

You have probably heard the saying "Don't burn your bridges." This small snippet of wisdom is meant to teach us to keep all of our options open in case we need to retreat back to a place of safety. For example we may want to return to an old career after a new career doesn't ...

Hearing God’s Voice in the Silence

When I was laid off in 2009 it was devastating. My ego was severely bruised. I went from making a six-figure income at a prestigious law firm to zero in the blink of an eye. I worried about how my wife and I were going to raise two children and pay our mortgage. The next ...

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