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Brunei Bans Christmas in Public

1450714146568When I think about how over-the-top Christmas is in Australia, I’m thankful that we’re not facing the other extreme. In Brunei, it’s illegal to celebrate Christmas in public, invite a Muslim to a Christmas party, or wear a Santa hat in a shop. And Brunei is one of the least extreme countries operating under sharia law.

You can read more about it here.

Please pray for Christians in these countries this Christmas as they celebrate the birth of Jesus while the threat of persecution hangs over them.

Exodus Movie “Edited” For North African Release

exodus-gods-kings-castRidley Scott’s Exodus: Gods and Kings movie (the one where Batman and Uncle Owen fight over the freedom of the Israelites) was prohibited from release in several North African countries. Not because of the quality of the film (I can only dream of a day when movies are not allowed to be released because they are terrible). But for several reasons, including historical inaccuracies and depicting God in human form.

Now it looks like movie fans in North Africa might have the chance to be disappointed by this film, just like I was.

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Vote For Fervr in the Webby’s

Fervr is a website that I (and many others) write for. Quite frankly, I think it’s the best Christian youth website on the net. And we’ve been nominated for an award! The Webby Awards are a pretty big deal and we’ve been nominated for the People’s Choice Award for Religion and Spirituality Websites. Could you take a moment to head to the voting page and help us win? We need every vote we can get! Voting closes Thursday April 26th.

After the jump is the official press release from Fervr.

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New Article in Southern Cross

Southern Cross is a newspaper for Sydney Anglican churches that is put out each month. In the May edition, they’ve published a two page article I wrote on Christian comic books.

If you’re in a Sydney Anglican church this Sunday, make sure you check it out. If you like what you see and want to see more articles about Christian comics (or even more articles from me) make sure you write to the editor and let her know!

Welcome to 2011

Hi there. I know it’s been a while. No articles since October last year. Why the silence? At the end of last year:

  • I completed my theological degree at Moore College. In the last term of college I submitted over 10,000 words worth of essays plus a final year exam. Needless to say, that was pretty stressful.
  • Finished up co-ordinating school Scripture at North Newtown Public School, including arranging end of year presents, running the Christmas assembly, and handing over the co-ordinating reigns to another.
  • Moved house from a small apartment in Croydon Park to a very nice (and large) house in Casula.
  • Changed positions at my church, going from the one day a week student minister to the full time Associate Minister of St Luke’s Liverpool. Switching offices, sorting out Christmas and figuring out my new responsibilites have taken up a fair chunk of time.

So this week, I’ve finally got my office into a somewhat workable state, we’ve unpacked most of the boxes at home, and we’ve finally got the internet connected (I was beginning to suffer withdrawal symptoms). Now all that is sorted, time to get Pop Culture Christ back up and running. I’m not sure what Pop Culture Christ will look like this year and how updating the site will fit into my new responsibilities. At this stage I’m hoping to get a new post up every week. WordPress have issued the “post a day 2011” challenge. I dont’ think I’ll be going that route. Though the “post a week 2011” challenge may be more manageable. I’m now living a bit further from the city, so I’m unsure how many press screenings for movies I’ll be able to make this year, so don’t expect the movie reviews to come as frequently as they did in 2010. God willing I’ll have Webcomic Monday up and running as a regular feature. I’m also looking into converting some of the essays I wrote for college last year into Pop Culture Christ essays, so keep an eye out.

Coming tomorrow will be a list of my favourite movies of 2010. Seems like everyone else is churning out a list, so I thought I’d join in. Any suggestions for what should be on my list?

As always, appreciate any and all suggestions for what you’d like to see on Pop Culture Christ.

Joel A

Heck: The Movie

Last year I read the book Heck: Where The Bad Kids Go. I didn’t like it. Looks like someone saw some promise in the idea though because Heck is heading to the big screen.

Reading the book, I was imagining a Tim Burton/Robert Rodriguez style production. From the article, it looks like they’re at least jumping onto the Tim Burton style with the reference to Beetlejuice.

Will this be a good movie? I’m really struggling to see how this will come together. The book was a bit of a mess and I can’t see the movie pulling it all together. Only time will tell.

I can only hope that anally violating a marshmallow bear with dynamite is left out of the script.

The Fervr Fashion Guide

I’ve been excited about this for a long time. But I’ve been waiting until it’s official before saying anything.

Fervr have published my very first ebook!

The Fervr Fashion Guide is now available at the Fervr site.

Please head on over there and get your self a copy. All proceeds go towards supporting the great ministry of Fervr. I don’t see a cent.

I’ve now gone from blogger to ebook author. One step closer to my goal of having a print book I’ve written available for sale at Moore Books.