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by George Scanlan - 3 weeks ago

Why Juneteenth is Important for All Christians

Why should Juneteenth be important for all Christians? Before we consider the answer, a brief history lesson will be helpful. What is Juneteenth? Juneteenth (June + nineteenth) celebrates the date in 1865 when the last stronghold of slavery in the Union, Texas, received a formal decree to liberate all slaves. Though the Emancipation Proclamation had been in effect for nearly two ...

by George Scanlan - 2 months ago

Conspiracy Theories and The Gospel

Every corner of the globe has been shaken by the Covid-19 pandemic. Death tolls, lockdowns, and major economic downturns will have a ripple effect that will echo for years to come. It’s impossible to truly know how much socioeconomic scarring will persist in the years and decades to come, but I think both expert and common opinions agree that the world’s social landscape has been irreversibly changed. The seeds of...

by George Scanlan - 2 months ago

CGN Shelter In Place Resource List

While many are under "shelter in place," lock-down, quarantine or self-isolation orders from their local governments, the team at CGN wanted to provide a list of resources to help encourage, educate, and edify you, your families and your churches. While many of us are still working from home, and some might be busier during this global crisis than we usually might be, we all are experiencing a dramatic increase in...

by George Scanlan - 8 months ago

Should the Church Embrace Kanye West?

Of the eight studio records that Kanye West has previously released, seven have gone “platinum.” Over the course of his career, he has been nominated for 68 Grammy Awards, leading to 21 wins. From publicly criticizing President George W. Bush’s relief efforts following Hurricane Katrina, to interrupting Taylor Swift’s Grammy acceptance speech, to scores of controversial tweets and comments, Kanye West’s public lif...

by George Scanlan - 9 months ago

Joker in Our Culture: Thoughts on the Film

More than likely, you’re aware that Joker is in theaters. Maybe the film’s marketing reached you. Or more likely, you read about it in the news. My local theater had to close their release screenings1 of it, a story that was featured in nation...

by George Scanlan - 9 months ago

Ad Astra: A Film Review

Ad Astra is a great film. It is not a teenager-targeted blockbuster space film that relies more on explosions, locker room humor, and sex appeal to hold the audience's attention. As relieving as mental “junk food” can be after a stressful day at school or work, this movie is not that. Ad Astra is at the opposite end of the spectrum, and that’s a good thing. This is a story about hurt people deali...

by George Scanlan - 2 years ago

"A Wrinkle in Time:" A Film Review

Below is a review on the newly released film, A Wrinkle in Time. There are spoilers included in the analysis of this film. A Wrinkle in Time has been controversial since before it was ever published. Author Madeleine L'Engle's manuscript was rejected by 26 publishing houses before Farrar, Straus, and Giroux decided to give it the green light. Since its initial publication in 1962, A ...

by George Scanlan - 2 years ago

A Film Review: "Annihilation"

The idea of existential nihilism couldn't be more opposed to my Biblical, Christian worldview. To think that everything we see and experience ultimately lacks purpose or significance is incredibly depressing and defeating. Why would we do anything? Why should we care? What's the point? It creates a vacuum of hope within a world that seems to be brimming with purpose. And it's also not what the Bible teaches. The B...