Author: Brent Bailey

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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The Surprising but Undeniable Kinship of God’s Not Dead 2

Man, I wanted to hate this movie.   Let’s be clear: God’s Not Dead 2 is a movie I consider profoundly troubling. A new friend and I saw it together, grabbed drinks afterward, and bonded over our perception of what…

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Identifying with the Antagonist in House of Cards Season Four

House of Cards is back for a fourth season, and by now we know what to expect from the show: We know Frank Underwood (Kevin Spacey) will slither his way through every crevice of the White House making deals and…

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The Witch

The thing you have to realize about The Witch is that the threat is real. It’s unclear until the end of the film (at which point it becomes a little too straightforwardly clear) what constitutes the threat, whether the ordeals…

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