“Shallow,” a duet by Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper from A Star is Born, was a hit song from the moment it debuted last year. So much so, that it’s still getting attention in 2019. This song won the Grammy Award for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance,1 and on March 4th, it took the number-one spot for Billboard’s Hot 100.2 Why does our culture love this song? Maybe it’s the stunning vocals that give chills. Or… Read More →Looking for Meaning in “Shallow”
Game of Thrones is over. Eight seasons of incredible production quality, excellent acting, and depth of story have finally come to an end. According to sources, an incredible 19.3 million viewers tuned in for the last episode of the final season.¹ Game of Thrones holds its own as one of the most-watched TV shows alongside sitcoms like Big Bang Theory and Roseanne or dramas like Manifest, The Good Doctor, and NCIS.² What makes Game of Thrones’… Read More →Some Thoughts on Game of Thrones
Imagine Dragons has been dropping hit songs for a while now, and “Zero” is no exception. Released in September 2018, “Zero” was written and recorded for the end credits of the Disney movie Ralph Breaks the Internet. Even if you haven’t seen the movie, you’re likely familiar with the song. Though not the Imagine Dragons’ all-time top hit, it has garnered a lot of attention in its short life span to date. In “Zero,” Imagine… Read More →Worth More Than a Zero
There’s a growing epidemic in America. It affects nearly half of Americans, both young and old alike. It is more dangerous than obesity and has the same mortality rate as smoking 15 cigarettes a day.1 What is this epidemic? It may surprise you: Loneliness. People are now lonelier than ever, and it is taking its toll on society, both emotionally and physically. But how is this possible? We should be more connected than ever, thanks… Read More →A Modern Epidemic
Our world is broken. Injustice, violence, and crime are daily events. Trouble is never very far away, and often enough, it’s right under our noses; but we’re so used to crime and injustice that we’ve become numb to it. We don’t even bat an eye when we hear about someone being killed in a gang shooting across town, we just change the channel. And whether or not criminals are punished is something we leave to… Read More →Vigilante Justice: An Oxymoron?
It was the snap heard around the universe. Ten years of Marvel movies had been heading towards this moment in Avengers: Infinity War. One by one, Thanos assembled the six Infinity Stones to make him the most powerful being in the world. And with the snap of his gauntlet-clad fingers, Thanos fulfilled his mission and eliminated half of the living creatures in the entire cosmos. But why would he do this? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cM-DoO84Sf4 Thanos destroyed half… Read More →The Ethics of Avengers: Infinity War
In last week’s issue of Reflect, we looked at the pacifist position, offering a few considerations and criticisms. On the other side of the debate are the just war advocates. Just war theorists argue that, while war and violence are undesirable, there are times when Christians can and should take up arms. As Christians, we have an obligation to look out for the needs of others, to protect our families, and to seek the welfare… Read More →Gunslingers or Guardians?
Should Christians participate in war? Should Christians own guns to defend themselves? Ironically enough, these questions have caused their own little war, with Christians of all stripes taking positions as varied as pacifism, nonresistance, just war, and preventative war—not to mention the myriad of variations in between. In looking to Scripture, all parties claim Jesus on their side. Pacifists look to passages such as John 18:36, Matthew 26:52-54, and Matthew 5:39, arguing that Jesus taught… Read More →“Help Me Get One More”
From his early days of hiding his music and being afraid to perform in front of an audience, Dan Smith and his band, Bastille, have left their mark on the music world. Their most famous song, “Pompeii,” peaked at number five on the Billboard Hot 100 in 2014. It’s hard to believe that it is already five years old. The song and its accompanying music video offer us a chance to take a hard look… Read More →The Rubble or Our Sins?
An Unsettling “Black Mirror”First airing on Netflix in 2011, Black Mirror is one of the most disturbing shows ever. Each stand-alone episode is set in the uncomfortably near future, exploring the ever-increasing (and often unsettling) role of technology in everyday life. As technology advances at a faster and faster pace in our world, the show raises questions about the ethical use of technology and what happens when technology gets out of control—or rather, when humans… Read More →Blocked in the Black Mirror
Christopher Nolan is no small name in Hollywood. Known for blockbuster hits like The Dark Knight Trilogy, Inception, and Dunkirk, the director never fails to deliver thought-provoking, intense movies. Given this record, many were disappointed by his 2014 space adventure, Interstellar. The time-bending story received mixed reviews from fans and critics. However, the film raises interesting questions about human ingenuity, love, the environment, and social progress. In the film, the earth is in the midst… Read More →Caretakers or Pioneers?
According to one source, every 13 seconds someone in the United States files for divorce.1 Though the divorce rate has been declining for years, about 50% of children will still see their parents getting divorced in their lifetime.2 These statistics are devastating and should be cause for lament. Of course, the effect on the man and woman is terrible, but children also experience great pain, confusion, and heartache when their parents separate. While giving music… Read More →When You Love Someone . . . and when You Don’t