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When All Other Lights Go Out

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In J.R.R. Tolkien’s masterpiece The Two Towers there is a classic scene in which the great elven queen Galadriel gives a gift to the hobbit Frodo Baggins. Galadriel knows that Frodo is going to encounter many dark and dangerous places on his journey and so she gives him a small...

I've Got Good News and Good News

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This past year I’ve become a fan of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. Recently, Jimmy introduced a new sketch on his show in response to the many tragic and shocking stories in the news today. It’s called “I’ve Got Good News and Good News,” and consists...

Gifting Innocence

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This past week the legendary rock band U2 made an unprecedented move by releasing their latest album for free to everyone on iTunes. In an instant the album was automatically downloaded into the music libraries of half a billion people in 119 countries. Response to the move has been mixed, with...

Recalled to Life

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One of the most powerful characters in Charles Dickens’ classic A Tale of Two Cities is Dr. Alexandre Manette. In 1757 Dr. Manette is an upstanding doctor with a loving family until he is falsely accused and put in prison. There he wastes away for 18 years, losing himself and his...

The Gospel According to Patch

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Like most of the world I was shocked and saddened by the sudden death of Robin William. Williams was a staple of my childhood thanks to his roles in movies like Aladdin and Hook. In honor of this great actor my wife and I have spent the last few weeks watching many of...

One Big Baby Step

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There’s a great scene in the classic movie What About Bob where Bill Murray’s character Bob is having a conversation with his psychologist’s humorously morbid son, Sigmund. Sigmund is grappling with the concept of death and says to Bob, “Do you know how fast...

The Gospel According to Lebron

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It’s been quite the summer here in Northeast Ohio. A little over a month ago LeBron James announced his decision to return to the Cleveland Cavaliers through an essay in Sports Illustrated. In his essay LeBron describes how Northeast Ohio has always been his home, and he takes pride in the...

The Gospel According to Toy Story

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My favorite movie of all time is Toy Story. One of the reasons I love this movie is the transformation that Woody, the main character, goes through. Woody starts out the movie comfortable and secure in his status as the favorite toy of his owner Andy; but then Buzzy Lightyear - the...

The Gospel According to Batman

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You may not have realized it, but this past Wednesday, July 23rd, was “Batman Day.” It was a celebration of the 75th anniversary of Batman’s first appearance in a comic book. I don’t know about you, but I grew up on Batman. I watched the cartoons, read the comic books...