Doctor Strange and Redeeming Time (Liturgical Time)

*NO SPOILERS*

My wife and I watched Marvel’s Doctor Strange at a local theatre this last weekend. I did not know who  Doctor Strange was before the movie and now I understand the hype about the visuals in the movie. When you bend time and space there had better be some good graphics to accompany such a feat!

This is not a review or summary of the movie, but rather a reflection on two key themes of the movie. First, time was an essential theme of the story. One of the villains, Kaecilius, had joined Dormammu because he wanted to escape time. In fact, he says that time is the enemy because in time all die. If only humans could escape time then we would be immortal.Read More »

Journeys in Worship: Seasons of Faith, Pt. 1

The Bishop's Corner

Last week I discussed some things I have learned over the years regarding the journey that is the corporate worship service.  This week I would like to continue the conversation and look at larger view of the journey, namely the one through which we walk during the year: the Church calendar.

We live in a world that is run by different calendars: chronological, fiscal, academic.  Each month sees the celebration of birthdays, weddings, anniversaries of various kinds, and civic holidays; each month also sees the remembering of those who have passed, the recalling of demarcating events in history, both good and bad.  Interwoven in all of this is the Church calendar.Read More »

Star Wars, Christmas, and Worship

Star Wars has burst back into the cinematic scene with J.J. Abrams directing Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens. When I think of Star Wars, I recall one of my favorite scenes featuring Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader. As Darth Vader attempts to seduce Luke to the Dark Side of the Force, George Lucas captures Luke’s inner struggle with some unique imagery. As Luke hides from Darth Vader, we see red light, representing the Dark Side, on one side of Luke’s face, and blue light, representing the Light Side, on the other side of Luke’s face.Read More »