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Judgment Day/Justice Day

I suppose everyone has a guilty pleasure. Mine happens to be 80s action flicks. Recently, on one of those rare evenings that occur roughly quarterly, when the house was still and the laundry caught up, I screened Terminator: Genisys. Though not technically an 80s film, I reasoned, as an attempted reboot of the venerable franchise, it fit the bill. Spoiler alert: it’s not a good film. But it does present a pretty compelling theological trojan. The narrative crux of the…
Noah Livingston
October 31, 2017
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Paying Attention

Attentiveness is in short supply these days. Perhaps more accurately, attentiveness is rarely practiced anymore. There just isn't much social demand for it. Consider our relationship with media: we have an unprecedented freedom to choose what we watch, read, and hear, as well as how and when. Music may be the best example of this driver's seat-oriented paradigm. The ability to adjust volume, skip tracks, or pause without consequences is a deeply-ingrained and widespread assumption. This sort of control profoundly…
Noah Livingston
January 1, 2010