Month: August 2019

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] ...