The previous versions of Jesus Christ Superstar either played it far too safely and stereotypically or got it right on the money with a deeply sobering ending and even a wink at a potential resurrection. The 2013 version pulled out all the stops to make a mockery of the whole thing.
When the Worst comes, you feel as if the storyline and purpose of your life have either been seriously disrupted or totally terminated. Before the Worst, you had dreams and aspirations. Now tragedy and pain have shattered your vision.
All the beautiful art you experience can be traced back to the creativity of the Creator. As an artist, why wouldn’t you want to soak yourself in the poetry, stories, and songs of the only self-sustaining and self-influenced Artist that exists?
We all struggle with the fear that our lives don’t measure up. We all long to be seen as significant in the eyes of someone important, perhaps a parent, a boss, a teacher, or a friend. Sometimes the goal is to meet our own impossibly high self- expectations.
No other response than action does any justice to our claims to be followers of Jesus, who was himself the consummate act-or.
When I left high school, I was not equipped to protect my faith from the attacks of a secular education at a public college. Within only the first few weeks of my freshman year, professors and older students were telling me that intelligent people do not believe in God.
Vintage Saints and Sinners is about the presence of God in the places that we least expect. With humility and grace, author Karen Wright Marsh’s book challenges the popular idea that saints are perfect people.
Just about everyone desires inclusion — to belong in a narrative larger than their own and to know their lives have meaning outside of their own stories. But our postmodern culture centers itself on the individual narrative, claiming to celebrate difference, while neglecting the need of something that can unify.
“Scars Across Humanity” is a book about our collective responsibility both for past violence towards women and the job of ending it today.
Wender’s film shows us that, contrary to what media pundits have reported, the Pope is not a liberal ideologue but a voice for the voiceless, a lover of the unloved, and one who is gently and clearly calling out in the wilderness for us to emulate the life of Christ in the world.