The Zenith of the Unsalted Seas- Looking Back On Our Journey to Duluth

Memory can be a funny thing. At 40 it gets even funnier. Like when you find yourself planning a trip with the hope of forging new ground, exploring a new part of the world and establishing a new tradition for your family, only to realize when you get there that you have, in fact, beenContinue reading “The Zenith of the Unsalted Seas- Looking Back On Our Journey to Duluth”

A Long Overdue Reflection on Bill Paxton: Remembering A Man Who Approached His Craft With Joy and Humility

This is long overdue by now, but the recent and unexpected passing of Bill Paxton has found me reflecting on the on-screen legacy he left behind. The film industry as a whole certainly benefited greatly from his continued presence over the years, and his loss was felt immediately. What strikes me about Paxton is that,Continue reading “A Long Overdue Reflection on Bill Paxton: Remembering A Man Who Approached His Craft With Joy and Humility”

A Cup, A Child and A Cross- A Marriage of Salt and Fire

“For everyone will be salted with fire.”  – Mark 9:49 Biblical scholar Albert Barnes once suggested, “perhaps no passage in the New Testament has given more perplexity to commentators than this, and it may be impossible now to fix its precise meaning.” If there is one thing I have found in my own journey throughContinue reading “A Cup, A Child and A Cross- A Marriage of Salt and Fire”

The Least and the Last- Understanding the Transfiguration in Mark 9

Palm Sunday (April 9th) will mark the start of Holy Week. In the Christian calendar, Holy Week follows in Jesus’ footsteps towards Jerusalem, and ultimately to the accomplishment of the Cross and the Resurrection. Having grown up in a non-liturgical environment, it was an opportunity for employment at a Lutheran Church nearly 10 years agoContinue reading “The Least and the Last- Understanding the Transfiguration in Mark 9”

Logan, Lent, and the Promise of New Life

(This reflection contains spoilers, so be aware of that if you have not seen Logan) First, a quick note on the (should be) obvious- Logan is not your typical superhero film. It definitely earns the 18A rating (something to be aware of if you have personal sensitivities to violence or language). In many respects, theContinue reading “Logan, Lent, and the Promise of New Life”

Learning to Live in God’s Economy- Rediscovering the Way of the Cross in Mark 8

“And (Jesus) asked them, ‘But who do you say that I am?’ Peter answered him, ‘You are the Christ.” – Mark 8:29-30 There is an interesting dynamic that surfaces for modern readers of Mark’s Gospel, as we encounter his words from the outside looking in. We have, after all, the benefit of this outside perspective,Continue reading “Learning to Live in God’s Economy- Rediscovering the Way of the Cross in Mark 8”

Finding Nourishment in the Storm (The Gospel of Mark 6-8)

Sickness managed to sideline me from doing much writing this week, but I did want to take a moment before the hours click away on this weeks end, to offer a brief reflection on my continued journey through Mark. As I made my way through chapters 6-8, there were a few things that stood outContinue reading “Finding Nourishment in the Storm (The Gospel of Mark 6-8)”

A Faith that Stands Taller Than Fear- reflections in the fifth chapter of the Gospel of Mark.

“Why are you so afraid? Have you still no faith’… And they were filled with great fear and said to one another, ‘Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?’ – Mark 4:40-41 At the end of chapter 4 we discover that the disciples, those who are supposed to seeContinue reading “A Faith that Stands Taller Than Fear- reflections in the fifth chapter of the Gospel of Mark.”

Do the Oscars Still Matter? Maybe. Should They Matter? Yes.

This is undoubtedly the prevailing question of the last few years when it comes to discussing the entertainment industries longest running awards show- Do the Oscars still matter? To be honest, I’m not sure. They might, they might not. It does seem simple at first. Lower ratings mean fewer people watching, while an increase in controversyContinue reading “Do the Oscars Still Matter? Maybe. Should They Matter? Yes.”

Scorsese, Silence, and the Parable of the Sower

“Father’, said the Lord of Chikugo, ‘you and the other missionaries do not seem to know Japan.’  ‘And you, honourable magistrate,’ answered the Priest, ‘you do not seem to know Christianity.’ Silence, page166 (Shusaku Endo) Written by Shusaku Endo and adapted for the screen by Martin Scorsese, Silence tells the story of two 17th centuryContinue reading “Scorsese, Silence, and the Parable of the Sower”