In 1919, pulp fiction writer Johnston McCulley introduced the world to Zorro, one of the many masked marvels who has graced the pages of our most beloved comic strips. The name “Zorro,” which is the Spanish word for “fox,” captures the crafty skill and sly cunning of Don Diego de la Vega, a wealthy nobleman […]Read more "Z: Zorro and the Danger of Hiding Behind a Mask"
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When does a story become more than just a story? What makes a work of fiction truly great? I would argue that the “magic element” is the presence of fascinating characters who not only entertain us, but who reflect the truth about ourselves. With this in mind, if I…
While I certainly do not suggest turning to Hollywood for spiritual instruction, I do get excited to see biblical truths being reflected in popular films. If we take time to examine those magical movie moments – those “quotable quotes” which really grip our hearts – we will usually find that these lines of […]Read more "Becoming Web-Slinging Christians – Finding Biblical Truth in “Amazing Spider-Man 2”"
Luke Skywalker’s tiny X-wing class fighter skitters across the view screen, and despite his dark powers the sinister Darth Vader finds himself unable to get a clear shot. In one of the greatest movie moments of all time, Vader – the Dark Lord of the Sith who has the entire galaxy trembling at […]Read more "“The Force Is Strong With This One” – The Importance of a Villain’s Recognition"
This past Tuesday it was time for me to get my annual flu shot. I absolutely abhor needles of any kind, but I walked out of the medical clinic with a smile on my face. Why? Because even though someone had just plunged a half-inch of steel into my throbbing arm, I ended up […]Read more "Confessions of a Lifelong Spidey Fan"
“The price of freedom is high…and it’s a price I’m willing to pay.” Steve Rogers – Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014 release) Captain America – A Cut Above As far as Marvel super heroes go, Captain America stands a cut above the rest. Known for his patriotism and integrity, he fights for […]Read more "Captain America and the Need for “Winter Soldiers”"
Apparently, my two-year-old son thinks he’s Superman. He throws his blankie around his neck, thrusts his fists in front of him, and races around the house making a WHHOOSSHH sound (which is what it sounds like when you fly, obviously). It was super cute… until he decided that he could “fly” out of his […]Read more "The Stupendous Adventures of Super Baby!"
When did our heroes begin wearing masks? My idea of a hero is someone who boldly stands for what they believe in, shining for all to see as a beacon of courage and resolve. But instead, our modern heroes tend to hide their faces out of fear – fear for their own safety, or for […]Read more "The Problem With Secret Identities…"
When does a story become more than just a story? What makes a work of fiction truly great? I would argue that the “magic element” is the presence of fascinating characters who not only entertain us, but who reflect the truth about ourselves. With this in mind, if I were asked to choose the one […]Read more "Spock and the Duality of the Christian Heart"
Detective stories have evolved dramatically through the years, becoming ever more violent as the real world has become an increasingly dangerous place to live. One fictional detective who will live forever in infamy is Dick Tracy – one of the grittiest, tough-as-nails crime fighters ever put into a comic strip. Charles Gould, the creator […]Read more "D: Dick Tracy Had It Easy! – Living In A “Not-So-Black-and-White” World"