Death to Life and Once Again… Community

Writing about the television show Community seems to be becoming a weekly affair.  This is because pretty much every episode this season has offered some profound insights.  The episode that I have in mind for this post is “Geothermal Escapism” which aired Jan. 23.  This one joins the ranks of other “epic” Community concept episodes that hook into a particular emotional element in the show.   Continue reading

Community is Back!!! (also some thoughts from Dietrich Bonhoeffer)

With creator/showrunner Dan Harmon back at the helm, Community is back to it’s former creative genus.  More than this, it’s back to providing us with numerous insights into the human condition. Continue reading

Can (or should) a Church be Marketed?

The title for this post was inspired by a quote I came across in John Z’s “Grace in Addiction” from a Franciscan Monk named Richard Rohr.  In it he expresses frustration in sharing the sober viewpoint of Christianity with others.  Rohr exclaims:

“How do you make attractive that which is not?  How do you sell nonsuccess?  How do you talk descent when everything is about ascent?  How do you talk about dying to a church trying to appear perfect?” Continue reading

What the Church Could Learn from Greendale Community College

Community

I’ve mentioned it before and I’ll say it again, I’m a huge fan of the  show Community.  The biggest reason I love it is that for all its off the wall hilarity, it offers a surprising depth and insight into the human condition.

Community3x08_0019More than this, Community even offers some themes that from a Christian standpoint give me pause.   This is especially true in the episode “Documentary Filmmaking: Redux” that I came across in recently in a marathon viewing session.  In this episode, Jeff Winger offers a definition of the Church that beats anything I’ve come across in my life. Continue reading