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I’m Dreaming of a Selflessly Sacrificial Christmas

By Alexis Neal on December 11, 2012

Review of White Christmas, Directed by Michael Curtiz By ALEXIS NEAL Once upon a time, Bob Wallace and Phil Davis were in the Army together. On Christmas Eve in 1944, Davis (an aspiring performer) saved the life of Wallace (an…

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In Which Arius Receives a Stocking Full of Coal and a Knuckle Sandwich

By Alexis Neal on November 27, 2012

Review of The Saint Who Would Be Santa Claus by Adam C. English By ALEXIS NEAL My idea of Santa Claus is based on an amalgamation of Disney specials, Norman Rockwell paintings, and the famous poem by Clement Clarke Moore. I…

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Patience is a Virtue

By Alexis Neal on November 14, 2012

Review of All Creatures Great and Small, by James Herriot By ALEXIS NEAL First things first: If you have never read this book, read it. I’m not kidding. You can watch the television series, if you like—it’s quite good—but please…

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Skyfall; or Why Some Old Dogs Don’t Need to Learn New Tricks

By Alexis Neal on November 9, 2012

Review of Skyfall, Directed by Sam Mendes By ALEXIS NEAL M has a problem. Someone has stolen MI6’s list of all NATO agents embedded in terrorist cells around the world. (Obviously this someone was a big fan of Mission: Impossible.)…

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Intentional Christian Community: Keeping the Main Thing the Main Thing (Pt 2)

By Alexis Neal on November 8, 2012

Review of The Intentional Christian Community Handbook: For Idealists, Hypocrites, and Wannabe Disciples of Jesus, by David Janzen and a Community of Friends (Part 2 of 2) By ALEXIS NEAL And now for my biggest issue with this book. I…

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Intentional Christian Community: Vocation, Community, and the Local Church (Pt 1)

By Alexis Neal on November 7, 2012

Review of The Intentional Christian Community Handbook: For Idealists, Hypocrites, and Wannabe Disciples of Jesus, by David Janzen and a Community of Friends (Part 1 of 2) By ALEXIS NEAL The Christian church has ceased to be a body and…

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Why We Fight: Searching for Justice in an Unjust World

By Alexis Neal on October 25, 2012

 A Review of Cloud Atlas, directed by Tom Tykwer and Wachowski Starship By ALEXIS NEAL Every once in a while, you see movies advertised as offering ‘something for everyone,’ and it’s usually just so much marketing malarkey. Cloud Atlas is…

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The Source of Sanctification: Human or Divine?

By Alexis Neal on October 17, 2012

Review of The Secret Garden, by Frances Hodgson Burnett By ALEXIS NEAL Mistress Mary, quite contrary, How does your garden grow? With silver bells and cockle shells And marigolds all in a row! So goes the nursery rhyme taunt sung…

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Good News/Bad News

By Alexis Neal on October 12, 2012

Review of The Cabin in the Woods, Directed by Drew Goddard By ALEXIS NEAL Five college students—a stoner, a jock, a nerd, a (bottle) blonde, and a girl-next-door—head off to spend the weekend at a remote cabin (which, of course,…

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The Call of Cthulhu

By Alexis Neal on October 4, 2012

Review of The Call of Cthulhu, Directed by Andrew Leman By ALEXIS NEAL Ph’nglui mglw’nafh Cthulhu R’lyeh wgah’nagl fhtagn …  In his house at R’lyeh dead Cthulhu waits dreaming … That is not dead which can eternal lie,  And with strange aeons…

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