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Joy. Sadness. Anger. Disgust. Fear. These emotions are the key figures in Disney’s film, Inside Out. Last week, I watched the movie and enjoyed the interplay between the different emotions as characters inside Riley’s head. The movie shows how the different emotions operate and communicate inside of her, and how each...
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    5 Reasons Why Everyone Loves Kings Kaleidoscope

    In the past few years, the Seattle-based, 10-piece band Kings Kaleidoscope (hereafter “KK”), has grown both in skill and popularity. In October of last year, they released their first full-length studio album, Becoming Who We Are, chock full of original songs and a few inventive covers. The album peaked at #9...
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    The Age of Angst and the Death of Calvinism

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    The Power of Social Media

    Have you ever thought twice about posting something on social media? Maybe it was a not-so-flattering picture of yourself, or maybe it was a random thought that would be best to keep to yourself. It’s interesting how much we try to shape and manage our image on social media....
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    Days of Dross and Deeper Poetry

    There are so many weddings in June. The arrival of the long-expected day and the celebration of unity contains, in part, a kind of poetic enchantment that lingers like the small flames of tea lights on the banquet tables. I taste, if just for an evening, a sip of greater...
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    Russell Moore and the Culture Wars

    Living in the UK for the last few years has given me a lot of time and space to observe the relationship between the church and politics in the Unites States with a bit of breathing room. I don’t have any profound thoughts to share just now, but I...
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    Jesus the Bartender

    Fullerton, CA   The downtown area of this small Los Angeles suburb is home to over a dozen bars ranging from Mexican cantinas, Irish pubs and average American bars. Every Friday and Saturday evening, the streets swell with college students, business executives, the poor, the rich, and everyone in between....
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    How do you write a good blog post?

    If you follow this blog, you may have noticed that we have had a fair few changes in both website design and scheduled contributors here. Amidst theses exciting changes, there has also been a renewed attention on the hit-rate of the site—and I guess, that has given me some...
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    Who’s in charge here?

    Growing up my hometown was, and still is, very conservative. Most everyone identifies as a Christian and a Republican, and to me those two terms were nearly synonymous. I was taught that America was the greatest nation on the planet and that we were in fact a Christian nation,...
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    Natalie Portman, Idolatry, and Ancient Judaism

    Have you seen this recent report about Natalie Portman and her Oscar trophy? Apparently, she thinks of it as something of an idol. Here are her thoughts: “I don’t know where it is,” Portman told The Hollywood Reporter when asked about where she keeps the Best Actress Oscar she...
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    On the Strange Death of Liberal Britain

    As you can see from the above picture, The Independent ran their post-election cover story with the headlines ‘The strange death of liberal Britain’. The former leader of the Liberal Democrats and former Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg said in his resignation speech, after the dramatic defeat of his...
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    Expanding My Vision

    I’m realizing how narrow my vision is. I get so busy in seeing the urgent problems in front of me, that I forget to step back and see the bigger picture in what is actually happening. For example, since I work in Purchasing, and it’s currently nearing the fiscal-year...
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    Carrie & Lowell: A Reflection

    Sufjan Stevens’ new album, Carrie & Lowell, has been out for over a month now, but I’ve only had the chance to listen to it for the past week. I had pre-ordered it a while back and mistakenly assumed that it would automatically download to my account and so I...
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    The Politics of ‘YOLO’

    What is ‘politics’? My last post mentioned a number of conferences and events on the theme of political theology happening in the UK this summer. Although on paper I have two degrees in politics or political theory, I don’t really understand ‘politics’—or at least not what people refer to as...
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    A British Summer of Political Theology

    Last summer, I blogged about attending ‘The Actuality of the Theologico-Political’ conference which featured a panel with Rowan Williams and Slavoj Žižek sitting next to each other. This summer of the British election year, there seems to be a fair few events related to ‘political theology’ in the UK, and...
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    Questions about Overseas PhD

    I was asked by a friend a few questions about the process I went through coming to Aberdeen to work on a PhD in New Testament. Below are my answers. They are candid and a little cheeky. Enjoy! How did you go about narrowing down your research proposal. For...

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