Wednesday, April 11, 2018

What is Arminianism?

We have mentioned that we identify with the theological system of Arminianism, and have recommended the Remonstrance podcast as a place that explores that theological system in depth.

On episode 5 of the podcast, they discussed in depth the question "What does it mean to be an Arminian?" It is a good discussion of what the term means, and more importantly, what it does not mean.

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Podcast 16: The Prince of Egypt

"Commentary: The Prince of Egypt"

On this sixteenth episode, Emily & Alan observe Passover by talking about one of their favorite animated films, "The Prince of Egypt," one of Dreamworks' earliest movies. Actually, they talk OVER the film. Grab some popcorn and a beverage, and settle in for a commentary episode.

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Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Christianity, the Church and Abuse

Rachael Denhollander was one of more than 150 girls and women to be abused by Dr. Larry Nasser, when he was employed by USA Gymnastics. In her statement in court, at Dr. Nasser's sentencing hearing, Denhollander spoke of her Christian faith.

In a recent interview with Christianity Today, Denhollander discusses how the assault effected her views of God. She also speaks about how her church failed her after her abuse, and how poorly prepared many evangelical churches are to deal with victims of sexual abuse.

My Larry Nassar Testimony Went Viral. But There’s More to the Gospel Than Forgiveness.

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Happy St Patrick's Day!

Have a great Irish Day, by enjoying a terrific song by one of our favorite Irish bands, Iona.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Adapting "Wrinkle"

From what I understand, the answer to this question from a Christianity Today article seems to be: "Not all that well." In the course of adaptation, some things have to be lost, but according to Madeleine L'Engle, the spiritual themes were the core to the book. It would be a shame to lose that aspect of the work.

How Will Hollywood Handle the Spiritual Themes in ‘A Wrinkle in Time?’

Friday, March 9, 2018

Podcast Suggestion: Remonstrance

On our podcast episodes, we have made it clear that our theology is informed by the Arminian viewpoint of systematic theology. In a world awash in Reformed/Cavinist theology, it's always refreshing to find a blog or podcast that presents a systematic theology from that worldview.

One such podcast, The Remonstrance Podcast, does an excellent job digging deeply into the distinctives of Wesleyan-Arminian Theology. They put out an average of two episodes per month, and they tend to run in the 35- to 50- minute range. This makes for good digestible podcasts.

The hosts do their best to be positive, to be pro-Arminian, but that does by necessity require that they occasionally critique Calvinism. But even then, the show is positive and thoughtful. Anyone interested in an in-depth exploration of Arminianism should check out this podcast.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Podcast Suggestion: Redeemed Otaku

We wanted to give a shout-out to someone who is doing a similar thing with their podcast to what we try to do with ours. We haven't covered any anime or manga on the Dorkness to Light Podcast, and I don't anticipate doing so in the near future.

Which is where The Redeemed Otaku Podcast comes in. Becky and her co-hosts talk about anime, manga, and other aspects of Japanese pop culture, from the Christian consumer. Shows include reviews, discussions, and recommendations of anime that are old, new, classic, and obscure. It is a delightful mix of content.

In the two years that the show has been around, they have released about 30 episodes, which can run from 40 minutes on the short side, to over 2 hours. I appreciate a podcast that does not limit themselves to a specific time frame, but is willing for a show to be as short or long as the content requires.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Strange Days

Valentine's Day & Ash Wednesday being on the same say is a bit odd.

And then 46 days later, we'll get Easter ... on April Fool's Day.

These odd confluences don't mean anything, but I do fear the memes.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

From Ashes, To Ashes

Marked by Ashes by Walter Brueggemann
Ruler of the Night, Guarantor of the day . . .
This day — a gift from you.
This day — like none other you have ever given, or we have ever received.
This Wednesday dazzles us with gift and newness and possibility.
This Wednesday burdens us with the tasks of the day, for we are already halfway home
halfway back to committees and memos,
halfway back to calls and appointments,
halfway on to next Sunday,
halfway back, half frazzled, half expectant,
half turned toward you, half rather not.
This Wednesday is a long way from Ash Wednesday,
but all our Wednesdays are marked by ashes —
we begin this day with that taste of ash in our mouth:
of failed hope and broken promises,
of forgotten children and frightened women,
we ourselves are ashes to ashes, dust to dust;
we can taste our mortality as we roll the ash around on our tongues.
We are able to ponder our ashness with
some confidence, only because our every Wednesday of ashes
anticipates your Easter victory over that dry, flaky taste of death.
On this Wednesday, we submit our ashen way to you —
you Easter parade of newness.
Before the sun sets, take our Wednesday and Easter us,
Easter us to joy and energy and courage and freedom;
Easter us that we may be fearless for your truth.
Come here and Easter our Wednesday with
mercy and justice and peace and generosity.
We pray as we wait for the Risen One who comes soon.

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Podcast 15: Thaumatrope


On this fifteenth episode, Emily & Alan talk about one of their favorite albums, "Thaumatrope," by Marah in the Mainsail. Stealing (ummm, borrowing) the format from the podcast Long Play, they go through the album song by song, discussing the lyrics and music.

And then they cover listener feedback, most of which is pretty awesome. Because Dorkness listeners are pretty awesome.

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NOTE: although the discussion in this episode is "rated PG," the underlying material discussed includes intense images of violence, depression, cannibalism, and suicide.

Link: Marah in the Mainsail's website
Link: Marah in the Mainsail's Band Camp page
Link: Marah in the Mainsail on Spotify
Link: Official YouTube video for "Wendigo"
Link: Video Trailer for the new album "Bone Crown"

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Wednesday, January 17, 2018


We sang this song at church last weekend. Over MLK Day weekend, it seemed appropriate.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison, 50 Years Later

On January 13, 1968, Johnny Cash recorded the iconic album "At Folsom Prison." The idea of the sinner saved by grace, the Man in Black, playing to a group of convicts is perfect on so many levels.

The story behind the concert speaks to Cash's desire to reflect his Christian beliefs, despite his failure to hold to resist the temptations of the road. Cash fell and rose and fell and rose throughout his life, and this enabled him to empathize with the prisoners.

This review, from 10 years ago, tells some of the stories behind the making of the album, as well as providing a nice "40 years later" perspective. Many of the observations still hold true, now 50 years later.