Faith

31 Days, Day 20: A Real Friday Fight – Mondo and thepaintedman Don’t Even Remotely Agree About RED STATE

[Editor’s Note: Just a reminder that in October, Friday Fight becomes Friday Frights and we’ve been covering something every Friday this month. This time it’s just Blaine and I, so I mised up the formatting a bit and layed it out like a piece from our Dissenting Opinions column. I chose this one in honor…

A Few Badass Monks Set Forth on a PILGRIMAGE

Despite an almost complete and total submersion into the world of horror and Halloween for the month of October, I do welcome the occasional break from guts and gore. This is what I expected when popping in the newly released Blu-ray of Pilgrimage. With a cast of action stars like Spiderman: Homecoming‘s Tom Holland, The…

Finding God at the Grindhouse: Predestination, Free Will, and the Self-Fulfilling Prophecy

Over the past few weeks, I rewatched 2 films that have always hit me hard, one is considered a classic and the other is pretty well regarded by the horror community but not many beyond that specific demographic: the first being Stanley Kubrick’s adaptation of Anthony Burgess’s landmark novel A Clockwork Orange and the latter…

Finding God at the Grindhouse: THE DEVILS are Among Us

Ken Russell’s 1971 beautiful and subversive blend of high art and trash cinema, The Devils, is back in the spotlight for cinephiles, horror hounds, and other various tribes of film geekdom. This is because AMC’s streaming horror service, Shudder, released the film’s “uncut” version into their catalog this week… except that it’s not the uncut…

Finding God at the Grindhouse: A Personal Reflection on Faith, Sleaze, and the Darkness of the Soul

Full disclosure to start this one off. I was raised Christian, the son of a pastor. The churches I belonged to (two different ones, dependent on where my mother – the pastor – was working at the time) were both American Baptist, but I always identified as a Christian first, in terms of my faith,…

We Rock to Worship The Rock of Ages

When my family switched churches from the First Church of God to the First Assembly of God, the most noticeable difference was the music. Instead of singing songs out of a book with lyrics that made virtually no sense to my child mind, the Assembly sang shorter, simpler songs with the words displayed on a…

Content vs. Form (Discriminating Taste)

One day, a couple years ago, I was working in a room where my co-workers were listening to a Christian radio station…playing mostly contemporary/modern worship songs. Many of which I recognized from playing on the worship team at church…but I was not enjoying those particular recorded versions at all. When I made a comment or…

Chatting with Christ

Christ Addams’ entire library of tunes will be available in the forthcoming DOWNLOADS section on this website, so stay tuned! For now, without further ado… So, Christ Addams, you are currently on a music hiatus. What brought that on and when will you be back? Honestly, I got sick and tired of the “hip hop”…

Lovelace and the Porn Question

The other day, I watched Lovelace, the 2013 film starring Amanda Seyfried as Linda Lovelace, star of 1970s porn classic Deepthroat and later anti-porn activist. The film was a pretty solid watch and I’d recommend it to people interested in seeing a story of a woman manipulated into a world she never really wanted to…

Unconditional Love

Unconditional love Is often quite conditional Inside our selectively gracious hearts We withhold due to traditions and fears Loving sinners but not the sin Yet we choose the sins we love to hate We hate the sins we can’t overcome The ones we deny any knowledge of The ones we refuse to face Our self…

The Faith of Bemis

This post originally appeared on thepaintedman.com a few months after the release of this gem from Max and company. The album still gets serious heavy rotation on my car stereo and wherever else I feel like listening to it. Max Bemis, the lead singer of the alternative rock act Say Anything, spends the duration of…

Jehangir and the New Deen

(Originally posted 11/16/11 on thepaintedman.com) Recently, I posted my review of The Taqwacores, a powerful film about the clash of old time religion and the younger generation’s progressive paradigms, namely classical Islam vs. progressive ideas of a young Muslim punk movement. If you read my review, you’ll see that I was quite inspired by the…

A Reason to Believe?

(This review also appears on Burnside Writers Collective) Few bands in the hardcore scene have impacted me as much as BoySetsFire. Emotive vocals, socially aware and poignant lyrics, and punishing breakdowns have all been hallmarks of why the band is iconic in the hardcore, punk, and emo world. For a band as iconic as BSF,…