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Three Crosses Two Ways

The fact that Christ was crucified between thieves, one on his right and one on his left, was not lost on the writers of the gospels. They recognized it as a shockingly literal fulfilment of the prophecy that God’s servant would be “numbered among transgressors”

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The Theology of Homestar Runner

Back in the ’60s, Robert L. Short had a surprise bestseller with a book on The Gospel According to Peanuts. Short had a lot to work with in a strip like Peanuts, whose creator Charles Schulz was documentably preoccupied with spiritual matters. But finding the

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Van Morrison Wants a Danish and You Have Ringworm

I’ve got a weakness for spectacularly bad music, and I’m also a fan of Van Morrison. Normally these two passions of mine have nothing to do with each other. But once upon a time, long about 1967, young genius Van Morrison was contractually obligated to

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Insight Beyond the Average

“To become an artist, one must become a total person. The broader the base of general education, the more able the artist is to cope with the environment. I believe, too, that gratitude for life itself is basic to the development of insight beyond the

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Ladder at the Cross

This 14th century painting shows Christ climbing up onto the cross. It is surely historically inaccurate, but it even more surely makes a theological point worth making. It makes the point in a way that I find disarming specifically because of the liberties it takes

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The Aviator

Some films are great, obviously great. Mary Poppins is a nearly perfect film with only an overly long chimney sweep dance scene marring glory. Some films are bad, hopelessly bad. There was a moment of such clarity in the middle of Fifty First Dates. Drew

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William Shatner Boldy Goes

William Shatner gives me a headache. Long, long ago he was the captain of the star ship Enterprise on the only real Star Trek series. The show was over before I was old enough to watch it, but it was a staple on Saturday night.

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The evangelical outpost

the evangelical outpost: “Is talk radio really better than I give it credit for? If so, who is the second best talk radio host in America? (We all know that Hugh takes the first honor.) Who is the worst? And is Rush Limbaugh past his

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Peter Pan – The Musical

Peter Pan – The MusicalLa Mirada is lucky to host this luminous musical. Landing the brilliant McCoy-Rigby combination is a credit to the best run town in Los Angeles county. Rigby is simply a marvel. Rigby is Pan, pulling off the difficult emotional subtext with

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MSNBC – 'Fahrenheit 9/11' wins top honor at Cannes

MSNBC – ‘Fahrenheit 9/11’ wins top honor at Cannes: “While “Fahrenheit 9/11” was well-received by Cannes audiences, many critics felt it was inferior to Moore’s Academy Award-winning documentary “Bowling for Columbine,” which earned him a special prize at Cannes in 2002.Some critics speculated that if

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MSNBC – Can �Star Wars: Episode III� be saved?

MSNBC – Can Star Wars: Episode III be saved?The answer is “no.” The problem with Star Wars is that it was never very good to begin with. The acting was marginal, the plot stolen, and the back story absurd. Oddly, I say this as a

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Defending the Caveman: Tour Dates with Chris Sullivan

Defending the Caveman: Tour Dates with Chris SullivanThis brilliant show restores my faith in La Mirada theater. Annie, their last, was a dreary paint by numbers show with no energy and overly precious children. By contrast, Defending the Caveman fills the stage and the auditorium.