Recently, I finished reading the incredible Zeroes series by Scott Westerfeld, Margo Lanagan, and Deborah Biancotti. This story about a bunch of teenagers who discover they have crowd-based superpowers is probably the first series I’ve ever read where I felt completely satisfied at the end. It didn’t end on a cliffhanger, demanding endless what-abouts. Nor did it end with me wishing there was another book in the series. It’s okay that there isn’t.
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Seeing the whole image of God in virtuous traits exhibited by men and women. This piece was published in Fathom Magazine on July 11, 2018. I read C. S. Lewis’s science fiction novels, called The Space Trilogy, a couple of years before the current firestorm of awareness on gender issues. With the amount of attention paid…
Have you ever wished you could go back in time and undo a mistake? Erase its consequences? Make a better choice? Unfortunately, we don’t have that luxury. But the protagonists of 12 Monkeys, one of the better sci-fi shows on TV, give us an excellent sandbox in which to explore what would happen if we did.
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This article was published on April 2, 2018, in Relevant Magazine. Recently, hundreds of thousands of people took part in the March for Our Lives, the student-led anti-gun violence protest that held demonstrations in 800 cities in the U.S. and numerous sibling marches around the world. Most of the leaders and participants in this massive…
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is one of the best shows on television — ever. I’ve been a fan from the beginning when Phil Coulson and Grant Ward showed up in sunglasses outside Skye’s beat up van in Los Angeles. Since being raised from the dead at great lengths, Coulson has led a small band of dedicated individuals to keep the world safe, to serve as a shield between earth’s people and threats they couldn’t ever imagine.
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Billy Graham spent 99 years, 3 months, and 20 days on this earth.
Over the past few years, I have wondered at times what it would be like to hear the news of his death. Even though I, and I am sure many others, expected it, it was still shocking when I heard that news this morning.
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And the Lord said unto Satan, “From whence comest thou?”
And Satan answered the Lord, and said, “From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it.”
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By now you know the details. Explosion at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, UK. Word spreads as fans flee in confusion, terror, fear. Hang time. Hold your breath and hope it’s just a false alarm, an equipment malfunction perhaps. And then we learn it’s what we feared. A willful slaughter of fun-loving innocents. Bloodshed…
A version of the article below was published in Relevant.
Neil Gaiman’s 2001 fantasy novel, American Gods, couldn’t have been more prescient when it was written. Now that the series is getting the small screen treatment, the clash of gods—mythical and modern—reminds us that there really is a war going on, and the battlefield is our hearts.
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