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Hell in Hell’s Kitchen

For the past fourteen years, Chef Gordon Ramsay has been berating chefs and contestants on his show, Hell’s Kitchen. Ramsay is well known for his savage insults and brutal language which he uses regularly on underperforming chefs. In the kitchen, Ramsay doesn’t hold back when he doesn’t like something, dropping the most vulgar adjectives he can think of. But Ramsay’s insults go far beyond criticizing a chef’s food creation. Ramsay rips on his chefs’ performance… Read More →Hell in Hell’s Kitchen

We’re All Infected

[Spoiler Alert: This article includes major plot points from The Walking Dead] The Walking Dead (TWD) is the most highly-viewed cable television series in history,¹ having won numerous awards and receiving great critical acclaim.² It is set after a zombie apocalypse, featuring various groups of humans who are brought into conflict while attempting to ward off a never-ending supply of zombies, known as “walkers.” In standard zombie lore, anyone who is bitten by a zombie… Read More →We’re All Infected

Rooting For the Bad Guys

Bonnie and Clyde are back on screen in the Netflix original, The Highwaymen. After the now-famous pictures of the duo were found at an abandoned hideout and subsequently published, Bonnie and Clyde quickly fired the imaginations of a worn down public during the Great Depression. Many saw the pair as striking back against an unjust system. They became folk heroes and some compared them to Robin Hood. John Lee Hancock, director of The Highwaymen, thinks… Read More →Rooting For the Bad Guys

Avengers: Endgame – Fighting for Family

[Spoiler Alert: This article contains major plot points for the film Avengers: Endgame] Avengers: Endgame is an amazing success, making 1.2 billion dollars in its opening weekend,¹ concluding the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s ten-year, twenty-two-movie long “Infinity Saga.” And while all of its characters and stories are extraordinary, the main themes of each movie are perfectly ordinary, such as love, loss, and family. The Guardians of the Galaxy and Avengers are more than just superhero teams,… Read More →Avengers: Endgame – Fighting for Family

I Guess I Just Feel Like . . .

John Mayer is a popular voice on the modern music scene. The mellow tone of his music perhaps reflects a mellow view of life. But there is light shining through as well, and his music often expresses deep longing that goes beyond despair, with songs like “In the Blood,” and more recently “I Guess I Just Feel Like.” Who can I trust? Who cares enough about me to tell me the truth? Who loves me… Read More →I Guess I Just Feel Like . . .

Evidence for the Supernatural

The Resurrection of the Son of God Let’s turn our attention to the one miracle central to the Christian faith: the resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth. The Apostle Paul, Christianity’s earliest and most successful evangelist, treated the resurrection as the basis of Christianity’s validity: Now if Christ is proclaimed as raised from the dead, how can some of you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? But if there is no resurrection of the dead, then… Read More →Evidence for the Supernatural

An Encouraging Thought

Have you ever felt like the world was getting worse, like everything was going wrong? Does it feel like no matter how hard you try, you can’t make a difference? Does it seem like the darkness is laying it on so thick that you can’t see the light? If you’ve felt that way, you’re in good company with Frodo Baggins, the hobbit faced with the impossible task of destroying the One Ring to rule them… Read More →An Encouraging Thought

Are You Good Enough for the Good Place?

[Spoiler Alert: This article discusses major plot points from the TV Show The Good Place] Winner of the 2018 TCA Outstanding Achievement in Comedy award, NBC’s The Good Place stars Kristen Bell (of Frozen fame) as Eleanor Shellstrop, a heartless person who couldn’t care less about anyone besides herself. Eleanor earns a living as top-salesperson for a fraudulent pharmaceutical company where she daily takes advantage of elderly people by selling them fake medicine, and even… Read More →Are You Good Enough for the Good Place?

Lex Luthor’s Problem of Evil

Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice is the second installment in the DC Extended Universe film franchise. Though it performed fairly well at the box-office, the film has been critically panned. What with a brooding Superman and a Lex Luthor who appears too much like a Joker character, the film hasn’t exactly been received with excitement by all superhero fans either. Nonetheless, the film manages to be entertaining and raises some good questions about God.… Read More →Lex Luthor’s Problem of Evil

Free Will or Fate?

Following the shocking anthology series, Black Mirror, Charlie Brooker and team have produced an interactive film called Bandersnatch. Bouncing off of a concept that has been used in the video game world for some time, the movie allows you to make choices about how the story will turn out as you go along. Every five to ten minutes you are presented with a choice of two ways the story can go. There are multiple pathways… Read More →Free Will or Fate?

Blocked in the Black Mirror

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

Fact vs. Faith?

With an average viewership of over 18,000,000 people, CBS’s hit show The Big Bang Theory is one of the most popular sitcoms on television. Now in its twelfth, and final season, The Big Bang Theory will be the longest-running multi-camera sitcom in television history with 279 episodes. The show also boasts some of the highest-paid actors on TV, with some characters making around one million dollars per episode.¹ Christianity and The Big Bang Theory The… Read More →Fact vs. Faith?