Category Archives: Pop Culture

The Chase

Was listening to RNZ National “Nine to Noon” today and the interview with the producer of this amazing short silent film created by some teenagers down in Otago. A Kiwi homage to the slapstick comedies of the early 20th century … Continue reading

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Black Panther: Some initial thoughts

Just back from watching Black Panther with family. One of the few films I’ve been to where audience members cheered and clapped at the end of the film, and some stood to applaud. At one level, the film follows the … Continue reading

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The Infinity Project

One of my first encounters with science fiction literature was through the anthologies of science fiction short stories in school and public libraries. It was in these that I first encountered Ray Bradbury, Arthur C. Clark, Isaac Asimov, Robert Silverberg, … Continue reading

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Religion and comics in the new year 

I had the opportunity recently to peruse the samplings of two comic book vendors I don’t normally get a chance to visit, and to rummage through their stock looking for more material for Bible and popular culture resources, and also … Continue reading

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Religion and comics

I was rereading a short popular article I wrote a few years back on religion and comic books with a view to expanding it into something with a bit more academic depth and focus. Something that moves from simply describing … Continue reading

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On the beside table

Looking forward to a few weeks of catching up on novels and audiobooks.    

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Christmas, Sin City and John’s Gospel

Our Christmas Eve evening service focused particularly upon the opening of John’s Gospel with the Word coming into the world – “The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world.” (Jn 1:9). With glowsticks instead of candles (the … Continue reading

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The Radicalization of Luke Skywalker: A Jedi’s Path to Jihad

I pointed something similar out to my students in the BibPop course a few years back when a number wanted to write about religion and Star Wars. Most of them couldn’t see it though. See: The Radicalization of Luke Skywalker: … Continue reading

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Some highlights from 2014

Trying out the MarsEdit blogging tool to put together a few highlights from 2014. Works okay, on the whole, but doesn’t have the ability to easily embed YouTube videos or do Amazon lookups etc.  Most enjoyable books of 2014 Didn’t … Continue reading

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All about angels this fortnight

I’m off to the ISMRC Conference: Media, Religion and Culture in a Networked World in less that a week, so my focus will be on angels (and the demonic) in popular culture for the next two weeks. I’ll be presenting … Continue reading

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