“Vikings”: The Double Nature of Grace

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By: Jarod Grice

**Spoiler Alert

The hit TV series by Michael Hirst, Vikings, has taken its viewership by storm. Premiering in 2013, the historical drama is based on the life of the Viking Ragnar Lothbrok and his journey from a humble farmer to a ruthless Scandinavian King.

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The Role of the Arts in Worship

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By: Chris Howell

When you read or hear the word ”worship,” if you are a “church” person most often your mind recalls your favorite Christian song, or at least the one that you can’t seem to get out of your head at the present moment. We tend to associate the concept of worship with the song selection on Sunday morning. If you expand the word to include ”worship service” then your mind might include a sermon, or maybe even communion. But most often must people just reduce the idea of worship to music.

Christians and the Environment 

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By: Chris Howell

”The earth is the Lords and the fullness thereof, the world and those who dwell therein.” – Psalm 24.1

As Christians, we worship God, the Creator of heaven and earth. We sing songs, preach sermons, and teach theology all from the perspective of a creature acknowledging his or her place in the universe before the One who brought something out of nothing.

“Silence” and the Messiness of Faith in Christ

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By: Jarod Grice

Unless you were paying close attention, you probably didn’t notice that Martin Scorsese released a new movie just before Christmas. Scorsese’s newest movie, “Silence”, released in very select theatres on December 21st, 2016. In a nutshell, it is about 2 Jesuit missionaries who travel to hostile Japan to rescue their mentor that had presumably renounced Christ in the face of Japanese persecution. It tells the story of how these two missionaries struggle with their faith in the midst of intense persecution and trial.