Not so long ago, in a galaxy not so far away, the talented writers of Geeks Under Grace entered the spring season, wielding their power levels over 9,000 and flashing their Vulcan salutes. With pens (or y’know, keyboards) as sharp as mythril blades, they toiled from March to June to bring you all the thought-provoking, the critical, the nourishing, and the comedic.
Our editing team has compiled their personal picks in each category that we feel represents the best of the best of GUG’s spring 2016 articles and reviews. As we enter the summer season, relive the nostalgia of crucifixion anime, life-changing rap music, Shakespearean Star Wars, Disney’s most religious animated film, and much more.
Here’s to a new season of faith and fandom!
The world of Hogwarts gets a lot of flak in the Christian community, but this doesn’t stop Vince Chapman from examining the series’ final installment for biblical allegory. Death, hope, and victory—all mainstay themes in the Easter story—are paralleled through Harry’s most difficult adventure.
With just the right amount of wittiness and sarcasm to speed it along, this article categorizes differing perceptions of entertainment in an easy-to-understand format. Meanwhile, it takes an honest look at the ups and downs of varying viewpoints, popular examples of each, and what role each approach to Christian entertainment can serve in the bigger picture.
If you think you’ve seen all things Star Wars, think again. Elora Powell praises the daring originality of this must-own re-telling, while approaching it with a playwright’s perspective.
No doubt Christina Grammie would have felt right at home at Geeks Under Grace, and her passing was one of the greatest tragedies to befall the intersection of Christianity and geekdom. Cooper puts his heart on the page as he pens an honest eulogy for the songwriter and her family, while encouraging others to carry on her legacy of love.
One of the season’s bravest pieces, L.J. Lowrey gives his personal testimony about the role that secular (and later Christian) rap had in leading him to the Lord and carrying him through devastating tragedy.
Would the Apostle Paul have quoted Macklemore’s “Church” in the modern era? T.C. Lewis dives into the significance of the sermon on Mars Hill and why it’s so important to Christian geek culture.
Anime is something of an anomaly in the Christian realm. Christianity is reluctant to embrace it, and the anime medium rarely references (let alone accurately represents) the Christian faith. Robert Miller and Michael Morejon collaborate to discuss “My Last Day,” an anime short about the crucifixion of Christ. Beyond merely being reflective of Easter, this article considers the historical and cultural accuracy of the short, as well as offers thoughtful critique on why Christians may be overlooking a valuable entertainment medium ideal for conveying biblical narratives.
Cooper’s sharp-witted, satirical tone makes this particular episode review a delight to read. After a solid, critical analysis, he wraps up his thoughts with a short devotional about growing up physically, mentally, and spiritually.
Robert Miller taps into the biblical principles at work in Sailor Moon Crystal as the series continues, but doesn’t shy away from addressing the controversy of the new season.
Perfect for beginners and ideal for those seeking recommendations for their next game night, “If This, Try That” takes a thoughtful look at some of our favorite, mainstream board games and similar (perhaps even superior) ones we might be overlooking.
Derek Thompson’s report on the Origins Game Fair takes readers to the scene of a board game convention and all its sights and sounds. A fun read, it’s equally insightful and has its share of surprises along the way.
While Chris writes many good reviews, I especially liked how this one detailed the workings of the game by recounting real gameplay experiences. It makes the concepts very tangible and all the easier to envision playing alongside your own friends and family.
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