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.
Kelly’s piece on applying video game (RPG) logic to fitness is rife with her personal touch of humor and testimony; completely soaked in the kind of geeky metaphors for life and gaming that appeals to all audiences.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I’ve really enjoyed all of Ricky’s pieces on the Psalms I’ve edited, but the prayer at the end of this one really hit me. I think so many people need to hear that no matter what anyone else says, God thinks we are beautiful: “Even when I consider myself to be ugly, worthless, and frivolous, remind me that in Your eyes I am beautiful and mean the world to You.” So many struggle with self-acceptance, and I would hope this article could bring them a little peace and put things into perspective.
VR is a hot topic right now, and Colby’s take on the issues that could come about with it are very interesting. It has long been feared that geeking out, whether over a video game, manga, anime, movie, or TV series, can lead to becoming isolated in fantasy worlds. However, I think what Colby is asking readers to do here is to examine themselves and find the healthy balance between the real and the fictional.
Michael’s article is addressing something that is becoming more and more prevalent in society. No one is perfect. We all have moments of weakness where we do something that wouldn’t please God. But we cannot keep making excuses for ourselves. If we know something is wrong, we need to turn to the Bible or fellow Christians to help us stop. While many of the points Michael makes are controversial to some, I applaud his bravery and honesty.
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