On Not Doing Evil So That Good May Come: The Martyrdom of Franz Jägerstätter

8 und nicht vielmehr also tun, wie wir gelästert werden und wie etliche sprechen, daß wir sagen: "Lasset uns Übles tun, auf das Gutes daraus komme"? welcher Verdammnis ist ganz recht. (Romans 3:8) Luther Bibel 1545 Terrence Malick's latest film, A Hidden Life, portrays the life of an obscure Austrian peasant, Franz Jäggerstätter, who in refusing… Continue reading On Not Doing Evil So That Good May Come: The Martyrdom of Franz Jägerstätter

Lockdown & The Church’s Role in Government

Everyone must submit to the government authorities, for there is no authority except from God, and those that exist are instituted by God. So then, the one who resists the authority is opposing God's command, and those who oppose it will bring judgment on themselves.Romans 13:1-2 As some churches move to reopen Sunday services, while… Continue reading Lockdown & The Church’s Role in Government

Oh Death Where is Your Victory?: Death and Dying in a Time of Crises

Like so many other social institutions in lieu of the outbreak of COVID-19, churches have decided to suspend their services indefinitely. However, churches are part of something that itself is more than just a social institution, for most members of most churches are also members of the Body of Christ, which is the Church. As… Continue reading Oh Death Where is Your Victory?: Death and Dying in a Time of Crises

What COVID-19 Tells Us About Our Culture

Mad rushes at grocery stores. Toilet paper hysteria. Bottled water!? That the COVID-19 outbreak is a serious issue is not controversial. However, that our social response to it is controversial, is beyond doubt. Most news right now is concerned as much with our cultural mood in the face of this pandemic, as with the facts… Continue reading What COVID-19 Tells Us About Our Culture

Paganism in Art and Reality

Midsommar: A Haunting Portrayal of Pagan Religion Midsommar, written and directed by Ari Aster, is likely a movie that no one should really watch, or, at least, should really want to watch. Aster’s particularly disturbing cinematic display tells the story of a group of American anthropology students invited to witness a secret festival in a… Continue reading Paganism in Art and Reality