How Relational Expectations Shape our Vision of God

For good or for bad, the relationships we have in our lives create our image of God. These include the important ones like our parents, spouses, and our friends and siblings. These interactions help us understand our value, how relationships work, and are the avenues through which we attach meaning.  For example, the very first… Continue reading How Relational Expectations Shape our Vision of God

Jesus and Self-Care

For he will not much remember the days of his life because God keeps him occupied with joy in his heart.” Ecclesiastes‬ 5:20‬ ESV‬‬ I am a Gen Xer. Our generation was specifically encouraged in our late teens and early twenties to be radical Christians; Jesus freaks if you will. I went to a Christian… Continue reading Jesus and Self-Care

Stifling Order or Cataclysmic Chaos: A Lesson on Institutions from Loki

“Stifling order or cataclysmic chaos” are the two options offered in the finale to Disney Plus’s new series Loki.This stifling order comes in the form of institutional reign with little regard to the individual needs of people. The alternative, however, with nothing in between, is the horror of anarchy. At least this is what the institution… Continue reading Stifling Order or Cataclysmic Chaos: A Lesson on Institutions from Loki

Inverting Transformation: How Encanto Shows Weakness Is Good

In Disney’s recent release Encanto, the concept of transformation is inverted. Our typical view of transformation is akin to our superhero origin stories. For example, Captain America is weak and scrawny, but once he is injected with a special serum, he becomes the muscle-rippling hero we all know and love. As a culture, we tend to… Continue reading Inverting Transformation: How Encanto Shows Weakness Is Good