The Normal Heart (2014)

In the 1980’s, the first case of what would later be known as AIDS was reported in the United States. The Normal Heart is HBO’s TV movie version of Larry Kramer’s Tony-winning play. Mark Ruffalo is Ned Weeks… Read More

Stranger Among Us

Read Luke 24:13-35. The two travelers in our text were walking from Jerusalem to Emmaus in the broad daylight of Sunday, yet they were still walking in the shadows of Friday.  They were tangled up in disappointment, grief,… Read More

Easter Feet

“But, go, tell his disciples, and Peter that he is going ahead of you to Galilee; there you will see him, just as he told you.” (Mark 16:7) A few weeks ago my friend Jennifer posted on Facebook… Read More

Bible’s Major Players: Mary Magdalene

The Bible is filled with some major players. Mary Magdalene is one from the New Testament. Mary Magdalene is one of the few women who are named as followers of Jesus. Mary is often listed first among these… Read More

August: Osage County (2013)

August: Osage County received nominations for Best Actress: Meryl Streep and Best Supporting Actress: Julia Robert.  Adapted by the playwright Tracy Letts, from his own play, August: Osage County makes the challenging shift from stage to screen. Unfortunately, it… Read More

Follow Friday: Andrew Taylor-Troutman

I first met Andrew Taylor-Troutman in a seminary classroom. We were both students at Union-PSCE, now Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond, Virginia. I have this image of Andrew sitting in the chapel in Watts as I preached (if… Read More

2013 Top 15 Movie Posts

I like to watch movies and I like to write them and how they intersect with our faith. These are the top 15, most read, posts about movies of 2013. 15. Philomena (2013). “The story implies that disciples,… Read More

Repost: The Greatest Gift of All

This post was first posted on December 24, 2012.  In the A Charlie Brown Christmas special, Linus recites from Luke 2:8-14: Sometimes, we can feel like Charlie Brown. We get caught up in the hustle and bustle of… Read More

On His Little Shoulders

Read Luke 2:1-20. The waiting is over. The Child has been born. And we rejoice. A silent night has become a holy night. All is calm as all becomes bright with hope. As we peek over the side… Read More

Guest Post: Catch What’s Going On

Rev. Lindsey Baynham is the Associate Pastor at Fairfax United Methodist Church. Lindsey blogs at Words of My Mouth. Read Luke 1:46-55. There are certain times in the year where I audibly cry out, “Already?!?” And one that… Read More

A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965)

On December 9, 1965 an animated Christmas special aired on CBS. Some network executives had already made the commitment to air it, but they only planned to air it that one time. Little did they know that the… Read More

Philomena (2013)

Philomena received nominations for Best Picture, Best Actress: Judi Dench, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Original Score. One who is persistent continues firmly and strongly in a course of action, no matter the risk or difficulty. This is… Read More

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