The ghost of inevitability has always haunted the Star Wars films. That's true in the stories, where the word "destiny" comes early and often from the lips of the most important characters. But it's also true in the structure and production of the movies themselves. Return of the Jedi ended the original trilogy's story arc [...]
A quick announcement that I've launched a little newsletter. I'll be doing some short form writing in it, as well as sharing stuff I find interesting, life updates, and more (but not much more). Read the first newsletter here and while you're there subscribe.
I have respect for the ministry of Plugged In and how they serve Christian families by flagging objectionable content in film. I think there's a place for this kind of thing and have availed myself of the site frequently over several years. But in my experience, evangelicals frequently place too much trust in services like [...]
It's been astonishing to watch fellow conservatives redefine everything--and I mean everything--they say they believe in order to defend President Trump. I'm now hearing from some that the President's vulgar and hostile remarks about NFL athletes' kneeling during the national anthem are not a gross attack on free speech. Why not? "It's a private corporation! [...]
More times than I can count I've been asked how to subscribe to this blog via email. Until today I didn't have a way to do that. I do now. If you go to this link and fill out your name and email, you will receive new posts here when they publish. I wish I [...]
I've come to fervently believe that, especially as it pertains to the digital age, you get what you pay for. Many of us millennials, reaping the harvest of the emergence of the Internet, have been raised to expect much for free. The democratization of information that led to the "online writing economy" generated an ocean [...]
A friendly reminder for those visiting this page that my main blogging has moved to Mere Orthodoxy. My latest, just posted, is a reflection for those of us who struggle in the days after Christmas. Here's an excerpt: The realization that it's possible to get exactly what you want and yet feel that hope has [...]
A public-service announcement: I'm very excited to announce that MereOrthodoxy.com, a terrific web journal of religion and culture, is now hosting my blog! So what does this mean? First of all, it means that the primary website I'll be blogging at is http://blogs.mereorthodoxy.com/samuel. Over at the new site, I'll be keeping up my blogging in [...]