Weighted Glory

Review — Highly Recommended Film: Higher Ground

Higher Ground directed by Vera Farmiga [August 2011] Higher Ground is about a woman named Corinne Briggs, played by Vera Farmiga (Up in the Air, The Departed) as an adult and Taissa Farmiga (American Horror Story) as a teenager. Corinne is raised in a Christian-in-name-only household where she occasionally attends a mainline Protestant church. As a young […] Read more…

Life Begins at Blood

I wrote a paper on this for an ethics class at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School last year. I offer this as a pro-life alternative to the “life begins at conception” position. My paper was finished in a hurry at the last minute, so I over-relied on online sources, and it wouldn’t surprise me to find […] Read more…

Review & Analysis: CleanFlix

CleanFlix directed by Andrew James and Joshua Ligairi [February 2010] In the 1980s, Mormon prophet and LDS church president Ezra Taft Benson famously counseled the young men of his church to avoid watching R-rated films: Consider carefully the words of the prophet Alma to his errant son, Corianton, “Forsake your sins, and go no more […] Read more…

Hell—Yes

The doctrine of Hell has come under considerable fire in recent years. [1] One need only browse the rumblings on religion-themed Internet discussion forums and Web logs to glean that the notion of a God who eternally disciplines sinful humans in the afterlife is about as popular as parents who spank their children. [2] Over a […] Read more…

God as Mother

(My belated Mother’s Day post) Stop. Before you read any further, you and I need to be on the same page. So, drop what you’re doing and go watch this 4-minute 42-second video review of Salt (2010) starring Angelina Jolie. Done? Good. Now on to the post. Read more…