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Spring Update

Ah, the joys of spring! As a Canadian, there is something magical about seeing everyone emerge from the hibernation of winter (all 8 months of it) and get outside. There are kids running around the common spaces of our townhouse complex. People are barbecuing and lying in the sun. Runners and joggers and walkers are out and looking alive.

As Martin Luther beautifully said, “Our Lord has written the promise of resurrection, not in books alone, but in every leaf in springtime.”

It truly is remarkable, and I couldn’t be happier.

It has been a few weeks since my last post, and I wanted to let you all know what’s been going on and where we’ll be headed over the summer.

First, our Comic Expo adventure was a resounding success. We had over 100 people show up to the screening of Star of Wonder, which filled the room and ended up with people being turned away at the door. Since I was expecting about 20 of my friends to show up and few others, this was stunning. God really wanted people to see our little film! We had another full panel later that evening (despite competing with the cast of Back to the Future during the time slot) where I got to speak on Disney films and being an adult (more on this below). I got to make a few great connections and saw God’s heart for artists of all stripes. Quite an exciting weekend!

From there, we’ve moved into a busy season of training (the Sharpen Music and Tech Conference) and now promotional video creation. This time last year, I was just starting my new job and felt like I was spinning my wheels trying to get a project off the ground. I now have over a dozen projects due in the next two months! The culture at our church is moving to really take advantage of the power of film and testimony. Again, God’s grace and guidance is the only thing I can attribute this to, which is encouraging. Knowing we are following where God is leading really bolsters my faith and keeps me moving when life gets busy.

After the promo season dies down, I’m hoping to film another short (much shorter than Star of Wonder…I learned my lesson) over the summer to screen in the fall. We’re still in the planning stages, so I’ll hopefully be able to let you all in on the secrets and the creative process as they start happening.

Finally, we have our chaplaincy up and running full steam ahead. For those who live in Calgary and haven’t heard the invite, we are hosting a gathering of the Kingdom Artist Network tonight at 7:00PM at RockPointe Church’s Bowridge site. There will be snacks, coffee, and some time with special guest Karla Adolphe. I hope some of you can make it out to connect with likeminded artists.

The Network is growing all the time and we are very excited to see what God has in store for this band of faithful artists.

As for EpicTheology, I am taking the lessons I put together for the Expo panel on Disney films and translating them here. We will spend the next 7 or so weeks exploring what it means to be an adult and what Disney and the Bible teach us about the subject. So, please, stay tuned!

Thank you all for making EpicTheology such a wonderful place to write and discuss art and God. You, my readers, are the reason I put down so many of my thoughts onto digital paper. I look forward to connecting with more of you over the summer.

Blessings

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Most Epic Posts of 2015

2015 has been an exciting year for me. Welcoming our second child, graduating university, and finishing my first year of ministry all stand out as some of the big milestones of the year. Yet, 2015 has been full of smaller, yet significant events that have together made this an amazing year. I spent a lot of this year writing, between church dramas and films, final papers, and my first serious crack at a novel. I presented my capstone paper on “Superman: Jewish Messiah or Christian Christ,” at an academic conference. I finished a Spartan Race.

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Perhaps most relevant to you, my readers, I finally got back onto the EpicTheology bandwagon after over a year of sporadic posting. As we close out 2015 and welcome in 2016, I want to look back at some of my favourite posts from this year. If you haven’t been keeping up, or are a new reader, this is a great time to see more of what EpicTheology is really about.

5. Why Christians Need to Stop Boycotting

This post had been on my mind since before the film Noah came out. The outrage that compelled some Christians to refuse to interact with a piece of film based upon hearsay and rumours was troubling to me. While it is true that there are films I won’t see because of their content and I defend anyone’s right to not see a film, calling everyone to do the same just doesn’t sit right with me. I believe in dialogue.

4. Lest We Forget

When I first read about the origin of this popular Remembrance Day phrase, I knew I had to write about it. I also love poetry and relish the opportunity to include more of it on EpicTheology. I welcome any poets to jump in the conversation with well versed tidbits of literary art.

3. A Slow Cup of Wisdom

Many people who know me well know two things about me. I love a good cup of tea (and probably drink 3-4 cups a day), and I’m usually really busy (like the rest of the world). This post is a good reminder to take some time, especially now at the end of the year, and ponder. Slow down, make a cup of tea, and perhaps whatever you’ve been worrying about will find it’s proper place.

2. Why We Don’t Actually Care About Slavery

This one was hard to write. It is hard to come face-to-face with just how awful our society can be to the rest of the world in the name of consumerism and materialism. It’s even harder to know that some of my daily choices directly impact this situation. This post was not incredibly popular when I first wrote it in October, but has recently become more widely read. I hope that we can continue to talk about what we can do to help those in a less fortunate position than we are, both at home and around the world.

1. Advent: All You Need is Love

I know this just came out a week ago, but go read it again. It’s one of my favourite things I’ve written all year, and it’s short. Just do it. And imagine someone from England reading it to you. It makes more sense that way.

To all of my faithful readers, thank you for making 2015 a great year to get back into blogging. Let’s make 2016 even more awesome!

Happy New Year everyone!

Blessings

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