Author: Brent Bailey

Plus Ones and Impossible Dilemmas | What to Celebrate and Lament This Week

Celebrate: Plus Ones   Sunday night’s Golden Globes were charged and provocative at a time when the entertainment industry needs charge and provocation. After a year in which large-scale issues of sexual misconduct and gender inequality finally became impossible for…

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Teachings of Jesus and Gun Violence | What to Celebrate and Lament This Week

Celebrate: Teachings of Jesus   I’ve become so accustomed to adapting the teachings of Jesus to my circumstances that it’s humbling and breathtaking when newspaper headlines echo those teachings almost verbatim. When individuals or institutions do the things Jesus told…

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Krisha | Hidden Gems of Streaming

[Each month in “Hidden Gems of Streaming,” we sort through the plethora of streaming content available to you to suggest the most thoughtful and compelling music, TV shows, or movies you might have missed.]   Krisha is not your typical…

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Fertile Crescent Blues | Hidden Gems of Streaming

Over the last few years I’ve taught a handful of Old Testament survey courses for college sophomores. It’s always challenging to draw students into the world (or worlds) of the Old Testament, particularly its earliest chapters. You can point to…

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The Good Place | Hidden Gems of Streaming

Eleanor Shellstrop is royally forked.   (This column includes spoilers from the first few episodes of The Good Place.)     Eleanor (Kristen Bell) wakes up in a bland waiting room and barely has time to register the wall-sized greeting…

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Selma: Examining Our Role in Justice

One of the smallest and most affecting scenes in 2014’s Selma occurs in the hallway of a morgue. Cager Lee stands beside a window examining the body of his grandson, Jimmie Lee Jackson, whom an Alabama state trooper beat and…

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God as Seamstress: Wearing God

“You clothed me with skin and flesh, and knit me together with bones and sinews.” -Job 10.11   It’s February, and I’m learning to sew. I learned to knit in grad school, but years of giving scarves and stuffed toys…

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Finding Dory and the Power of Remembering

I spend a lot of time discussing and writing about films with special attention paid to their anthropological and theological themes. But I’ll be the first to admit that Christians are often guilty of hijacking popular films or other works…

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The Unexpected Love Triangle of Captain America: Civil War

There’s a sweet, moving, and, yes, nontraditional love story hiding in plain sight in Captain America: Civil War, the thirteenth release in the ever-expanding Marvel Cinematic Universe.   It’s not the inevitable, flimsy romance that develops between Steve Rogers (Captain…

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Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’s Relationship with the Past: It’s Complicated

Kimmy shows off her Christmas decorations to Titus and Lillian, the three of them decked in festive apparel, as Mimi lies unconscious on the couch. A man in a Santa costume comes through the door and receives a quick kiss…

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