There are many great blogs out there written by Christians on the intersection of film and faith, and this blog was started as an attempt to make a meaningful contribution to that conversation. Initially, the goal of my project was to articulate a sort of “Christian gaze” with regard to cinema, but I’ve ventured since then (however inadvisably) into politics and other media, especially literature.
It is not my primary goal to proselytize or polemicize with this blog. To the extent that my faith informs my views, the writing here is certainly Christian witness. And I do offer opinions and arguments, so it’s unavoidable that polemics will be a part of the project as well. But the heart of this project is a desire to relate the cultural artifacts I love to the faith I practice, and to do so hospitably but provocatively.
I was baptized and raised Lutheran, and I remain, for better and worse, a descendant of Luther. In the time since I began this blog, I have joined the Episcopal Church, which is part of the Anglican Communion. Needless to say, my spiritual outlook is definitively Protestant. But I’m not a theologian, and I don’t pretend to any special expertise in Christian teaching. I don’t think that my spiritual journey is finished, and while I remain committed to the Christian Church, I also expect my understanding of what that means to evolve and deepen throughout my life. It is a journey I strive to undertake with both confidence and humility, though more often than not I fail at embodying either attitude with any grace.
This blog will remain a place for my reflections on culture and Christianity, with an emphasis on film.
If anyone else, whatever your spiritual viewpoint, is interested in taking up the conversation with me, please: pour yourself a cup of joe, pull up a chair, and tell me what’s on your mind.☕︎