Author: Brent Bailey

Stations of the Cross | 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.]   Much like the traditional fourteen…

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One Mississippi | 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.]   One Mississippi is a deadpan…

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A Good Neighbor and The Most Vulnerable | What to Celebrate and Lament This Week

Celebrate: A Good Neighbor   Mister Rogers is back in the news, but—thankfully!—not for the same reasons many male celebrities are suddenly stealing headlines. This week a new documentary about the legacy of Fred Rogers, Won’t You Be My Neighbor?,…

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MLK Jr and Numbness | What to Celebrate and Lament This Week

Celebrate: The Tension of MLK, Jr.   Monday was Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a day when many of us are drawn to revisit King’s writings and speeches and to reflect on his legacy of activism and ministry. As many…

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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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