"I grew up believing in God, and I never questioned whether or not he loved me. Until I realized I was gay." — D.J. Martinez, "Reoriented" Meet D.J. Martinez, the protagonist of my forthcoming novel (which is being released one month from today!), on the worst night of his life. What follows is the first … Continue reading ‘Reoriented’ preview: Meet D.J. Martinez, on the worst night of his life
A bit of accidental worship heresy during Sunday's service at our church, Bethany Evangelical Free, which is normally pretty solid doctrinally. The song in question is Todd Fields' "Let Me Sing." This never happened back when we had hymnals, now did it?
We have been re-watching the "Harry Potter" octalogy (yes, that's really what it's called) the past few days, and I have some questions. Most of them start with the word "why." But my main question is this: Why is Albus Dumbledore so widely revered as the greatest wizard of his day? WARNING: The following article … Continue reading DUMBledore: Worst wizard ever?
15th Fox Film Festival Official Trailer from Fox Film Festival on Vimeo. In the next Newberg Graphic, I'll have a report on this weekend's Fox Film Festival, a two-night event of first-time screenings and awards being handed out to the best George Fox University student movies from the past year. Just from what I've seen … Continue reading 15th annual Fox Film Festival this weekend
Last night, Tyler Clawson and I got to see an advanced screening of "A Good Day to Die Hard." That sentence is how this post would have started, if not for this lameness, which started right before the screening was scheduled to begin. So we never actually saw the movie, but the hour spent staring … Continue reading Long live ‘Die Hard’
Abraham Lincoln is an American hero. Arguably the greatest U.S. president in history, he ended nearly 250 years of institutionalized slavery, preserved the Union and won the deadliest war in our nation's history, just for good measure. But that wasn't good enough for Hollywood — well part of Hollywood, anyway. In its infinite wisdom, it … Continue reading Mashup movies we hope they never make
It would appear by now that all of the world's time zones have cleared Dec. 21, 2012, with no obvious signs of the apocalypse. What a shocking turn of events. Of course, I think most people knew the earth would keep spinning well after the dreaded day, but for those who had their doubts, I … Continue reading Mayan their own business
Legendary singer Andy Williams died Sept. 25, 2012, and with him, a big part of the Branson community. I know he will be dearly missed. I didn't know Williams well, so I won't pretend like I did. But I would like to recall a couple instances where our paths crossed. In August 2011, he offered … Continue reading Andy Williams: 1927-2012
Local metal band How the West Was Won may still be learning to crawl, but it's come a long way from its early days jamming in a Canby garage. The five-man group's first real single, "Oregon Throwdown," just dropped on iTunes, and the band plans to release an EP later this year. Had you told … Continue reading Following growing for local metal band