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It’s a peculiar thing to be surrounded by people and feel all alone. Yet such was my predicament last week. With a few hours to spare before IAM’s Encounter 11 began, I wandered, in solitude, the streets of Tribeca. The city’s pace and air brisk, as I, shivery and slow, sought adventure in this foreign land. (more…)

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Choosing not to believe in the devil won’t protect you from him.

-Father Lucas

Four years of seminary and one step from becoming a priest, Michael reveals he doesn’t believe in God. Before he can walk away, he’s asked to train with senior exorcist Father Lucas—and to view firsthand the darker side of his faith. (more…)

Disney’s TRON Legacy opens in theaters today. It’s been 28 years since the original debuted. For its time, TRON was an astounding breakthrough in computer-generated special effects. It helped pave the way for the digital wonders gracing the screen today. Although there’s nothing “special” about the film’s effects now, the existential issues TRON touches on remain timeless. As one hijacked program asks, “If I don’t have a User, then who wrote me?” (more…)

SPOILER ALERT (for those who haven’t read the book. Tsk-tsk.)

What does an enemy look like? Take a second to picture it—someone who snarls and gripes, maybe even cuts others down with sharp words. Someone who might deserve getting knocked down a peg or two.

If there were ever a person who could use a hearty serving of humble pie, that person would be “a boy called Eustace Clarence Scrubb.” (more…)

It might seem like just another day, but to countless fans across the country, Friday, November 19 is a day to celebrate. On that day, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows—or HP7, as    fans have come to call it—finally hits the big screen. (Some are already itching to get in line for the midnight show.) (more…)

Close-up of Take 5 (not to be confused with Take Two)

“Once upon a time, there was a quiet little village in the French countryside, whose people believed in tranquilité—tranquility. If you lived in this village, you understood what was expected of you. You knew your place in the scheme of things. And if you happened to forget, someone would help remind you…. So through good times and bad, famine and feast, the villagers held fast to their traditions. Until, one winter day, a sly wind blew in from the North…”

–The Storyteller, Chocolat

The sly wind, in this case, is Halloween. It blows in the faces of Christians, stirring up words like pagan, occult, and chocolate. (more…)

What’s in a name? That which we call a hipster by any other name would wear superfluous scarves.

Lately it seems this seven-letter word often gets slapped together with “Christian” and tossed around to describe churches, activities, and anyone who likes indie rock and skinny jeans. (I was even called one recently.) More often than not it’s used as an insult. So what’s in this name, “Christian hipster”? (more…)

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