Thoughts and Predictions on the 2017 Summer Movie Season

With the much-anticipated Guardians of the Galaxy 2 hitting theatres this weekend (which is worth seeing by the way), the official start to the summer movie season seems to be upon us. I know it’s only May, but with summer weather getting an early start around our neck of the woods, now seems as goodContinue reading “Thoughts and Predictions on the 2017 Summer Movie Season”

Family, Fate and Frozen Thrills- Thoughts on The Fast and the Furious 8

  A relative latecomer to the whole fast and the furious franchise- I saw the first one and abandoned it after the third- some early aversion, or at least apathy towards these adrenaline-fueled on-screen adventures, had convinced me that these films were far more mindless than fun. But then my son convinced me to takeContinue reading “Family, Fate and Frozen Thrills- Thoughts on The Fast and the Furious 8”

An End and a New Beginning- Resurrection in the Gospel of Mark

As I come to the end of Mark’s Gospel narrative, I find myself struck with the idea that this is not actually an ending at all, but rather a picture of a new beginning. To Jerusalem and Back The repeated call to look and see Jesus on the Way, the Way of the Gospel (theContinue reading “An End and a New Beginning- Resurrection in the Gospel of Mark”

Finding the Light of the Resurrection in the Shadow of the Cross- Reflections in the Gospel of Mark

“When I drink it new in the kingdom of God.” – Mark 14:25   The Gospel story is, at its heart a Resurrection story. But as Mark reminds his readers, this Resurrection story, the promise of new life, is being told through the betrayal and the cross. Resurrection life is found in the life ofContinue reading “Finding the Light of the Resurrection in the Shadow of the Cross- Reflections in the Gospel of Mark”

A Fig Tree, A Temple, and A Colt- Finding Jesus at the Gates of Jerusalem

And just as Bartimaeus picks himself up and begins to “follow him (Jesus) on the way”, we finally arrive in Jerusalem- the Gospel Way, the Way of God, appears to be reaching its climatic moment. And it, this Gospel Way, arrives on a colt, borrowed from some unlikely locals and comes echoed in the streetsContinue reading “A Fig Tree, A Temple, and A Colt- Finding Jesus at the Gates of Jerusalem”

Healing, Faith, and Giving Sight to the Blind- Learning to see the Road to Jerusalem Anew

“Rabbi, I want to see.” – Mark 10:51 Over these last few months, I have really come to appreciate the way in which The Gospel of Mark has been bringing the story of Jesus to life in a new and fresh way. He has been opening my eyes to the universal call of Jesus, theContinue reading “Healing, Faith, and Giving Sight to the Blind- Learning to see the Road to Jerusalem Anew”

The Rich Man and His Conundrum: Reflections on Christ’s Saving Work in Mark 10

“You lack one thing: go, sell all that you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in Heaven; and come, follow me.” – Mark 10:21 I have a confession- I struggle with the idea of being counted as a part of God’s family, and verses like this often expose this struggleContinue reading “The Rich Man and His Conundrum: Reflections on Christ’s Saving Work in Mark 10”

The Temptation, the Transfiguration, and the Power of Prayer to Transform: Reflections on Mark 9:14-29

“And he said to them, “This kind cannot be driven out by anything but prayer.” – Mark 9:29 As I continue to anticipate the “Triumphal Entry” in Mark 11, I find myself reflecting on the call to prepare, to keep my eyes open for what Jesus says is coming on this road to Jerusalem (Mark 10:33)-Continue reading “The Temptation, the Transfiguration, and the Power of Prayer to Transform: Reflections on Mark 9:14-29”

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”