Glee and the Christian Student
I’m a big fan of Glee. I love the dark irony and the musical numbers that come out of nowhere. The show has faced some criticism from Christians because of a perceived anti-Christian agenda. Now it may be because I’m not part of the American Christian scene, but the examples I’ve seen quoted strike me as being more anti American conservatives than anti-Christian. Is there a difference in the USA? I’d hope so.
Anyway, the second season of Glee is looking to add some new characters. And one of them has me interested, as she is a conservative Christian. This could either be really interesting or really, really bad. The show’s creators say that this character will “not be held up for derision.” (Quote from Fancast) If the character is treated fairly, they’ll provide an interesting contrast to a lot of the immorality that goes on amongst the Glee teens. If treated unfairly, then we’ll have a new punching bag for those who don’t like Christianity to launch into.
At the very least, I hope they cast someone who can sing real good.
A movie about a group of ordinary people holed up in a diner, surrounded by desert, using machine guns to fight off angels. This should be an awesome movie. Right? Right? Well it isn’t. Thankyou Legion for taking a good concept and turning it into a very, very bad movie.
Wonderella and The Second Coming of Christ
I’m a big fan of the webcomic The Non-Adventures of Wonderella. I’ve linked to the comic before and I’m sure I will link to it again. The main character, Wonderella, has a connection to the gods of myth, which often brings religious themes into the comic. On top of that, the author isn’t afraid to lampoon traditions that people have that they haven’t properly thought through. That’s not to say that the traditions are bad, just that people take them for granted.
Recently, Justin Pierce (the comic’s author) posted a 3 part comic depicting the second coming of Jesus. It’s well worth checking out and discussing. You can find it here, here, and here.
Jesus would totally win in a rap battle.
Formspring is a website that was launched at the end of 2009. The idea is that people will send you questions anonymously to your Formspring account and you will post the answers on your public page. The site also links to Facebook and Twitter, so your followers on these sites will see what questions you are answering.
I first came across Formspring when I saw several comic book professionals that I follow on Twitter using the site to interact with their fans. People would send these pros questions and everyone would get to benefit from the answers. As an Australian comic fan, this was great. It gave me access to these writers and artists that I wouldn’t normally have as I can’t make it to any comic book conventions in the US. I can ask them questions as well as hear the answers to other people’s questions.
It got me thinking. How can Formspring be used for Christian ministry?