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Learning Theology With Carmina Gadelica: Christian Hope

Part One: The Trinity Part Two: Christ In the previous installment, it was seen that Christ in the theology of the Carmina Gadelica was viewed not merely as a historical figure engaged in historical acts, but rather those acts were understood in an also-happening-now sense. Theology was something that permeated life as it was lived in all its myriad facets, and no more so than in death. Hope has...

So You Want to Become An Independent Designer

As I have worked at becoming an independent designer on the side for many years, I thought I had an idea of what to expect from doing it full-time. However the reality is in many respects much different, in both positive and in negative ways. Yet there’s still nothing I’d rather be doing. I’ve always thought that there is now no better time than ever before to work in design. To be...

Jesus Didn’t Hang Out With Anyone

There’s an interesting idea that has the flavor of pop theology which I often see used in the context of whatever moral topic du jour is being discussed. This notion usually runs along these lines: Well, Jesus hung out with sinners, so X… Now, “X” can be any number of different things, and while Jesus gets recruited for lots of different things, he seems especially prone to be pressed into...

Design is Not Art (And That’s a Good Thing)

When I first started in design I was a very insecure designer. I didn’t yet have much experience and was still very rough around the edges as far as my technique and skills were concerned. It was difficult to feel confident about anything that I was doing. But even deeper I always seemed to struggle with trying to justify my then nascent profession. When people would ask what I did for a living...

The Leash

Taking Luna for a walk is always- how shall we say this?– an interesting experience. She is still very much a puppy, and thus still very much interested in sniffing everything and chasing after every single leaf that blows near her. If she sees a bird or a bunny she is very much interested in chasing it. If we come across other humans (especially kids), she is very much interested in saying...

Two Weddings and a Funeral

This past Sunday the Gospel reading was from John 2 about the wedding feast at Cana and Jesus’ first miracle turning water into wine. Unique among the gospel writers, John refers to Jesus’ miracles as signs, and given the biblical penchant for presenting things in sevens, his Gospel contains seven signs. There is some overlap between the signs contained in John’s Gospel and the miracles in the...

So You Want To Be A Graphic Designer…

When it comes to careers, the aphorism is no doubt correct that the grass is always greener on the other side, but that is especially true if you know how to take that green’s hex value and convert it to its nearest CMYK equivalent. And if you found the preceding remotely amusing, you may have a blossoming career in graphic design. Or you may just have no life, which is by no means a mutually...

Gotta Give ‘Em Credit

I don’t normally make a habit of clicking on the obnoxious ads at the bottom of articles. I actually try and make sure to never visit any ad that is contextualized via either Facebook or the ever ubiquitous tentacles of The Google. However, today I couldn’t help but click through to what I assumed would be something ridiculous, an ad for an article entitled Top 3 Reasons to Get A New Credit Card...

Scars of the 90’s: Happy Meal Toys

For many of us who grew up in the 80’s there was nothing more exciting than a trip to McDonald’s. Even then we knew it wasn’t because of the food- we knew it was crap and that more than likely our parents took us there just so we would play contentedly in the PlayPlace for about 25 minutes or so. If you were fortunate enough to live near one with a ball pit, you had hit the...

Scars of the 90’s: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Those lovable teenage turtles who also happened to be ninjas and eat nothing but pizza (conveniently enough for Pizza Hut) became a defining icon for children in the late 80’s through the late 90’s. The original animated series itself ran for nine years, and all of us followed it religiously. After all, ninjas are cool, talking turtles are cool, and pizza is cool. We probably even...

Scars of the 90’s: It’s Educational!

In the 90’s one could justify just about anything in entertainment by claiming that it was educational. It really didn’t matter if the educational aspect was so ancillary to the show as to be negligible- if it could even remotely purport to teach us something we plopped down (or were plopped down) in front of the TV to done get us a eja-meh-cay-shun. Fortunately, there was absolutely...

Anastasis

Something strange is happening- there is a great silence on earth today, a great silence and stillness. The whole earth keeps silence because the King is asleep. The earth trembled and is still because God has fallen asleep in the flesh and he has raised up all who have slept ever since the world began. God has died in the flesh and hell trembles with fear. He has gone to search for our first...

Scars of the 90’s: Pinky and the Brain

For most of us growing up in the 80’s and early 90’s cartoons had a fairly straightforward plot involving good and evil- the evil people were the ones trying to take over the world, while the good guys were trying to prevent that. In most cases the evildoers had no rationale involved in their efforts at world domination beyond a bare power grab, making the moral issue surrounding...

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