iStock_000010996529MediumA couple of nights ago, my husband and I were perusing our favorite YouTube channels and caught an insightful animated clip explaining the reasons for video game compulsion. The narrator suggests that many gamers turn to their favorite RPGs or other games in order to feel valued and find purpose. In other words, video games help fill an emotional—and dare I say, spiritual—void within people.

My instinctive reaction to the video was a desire to reach through the screen and tell these people that the Creator of the universe places immense value on them, (more…)

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101397504“Without God, life has no purpose, and without purpose, life has no meaning. Without meaning, life has no significance or hope.”
Rick Warren, The Purpose Driven Life

Cemeteries filled with faded tombstones and crumbling mausoleums pepper the city of Edinburgh, Scotland. While exploring some of these burial sites (by daylight), I tried to examine the dates on the stones—but time and weather had rubbed away many of the inscriptions. Even these grave markers, perhaps the only memorials dedicated to the people buried beneath them, could not last forever. This experience led me to ponder the futility of life on Earth. (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…)

A New Creation

Director James Cameron’s titanic blockbuster Avatar was released on DVD yesterday in conjunction with Earth Day. With a worldwide gross over $2.5 billion, Avatar topped the all-time box office charts and the film’s surreal setting made for intriguing headlines. (more…)