Preaching in Hell, Part 5: The Devil in Me

Preaching in Hell, Part 5: The Devil in Me

Preaching in Hell: Pastoral Care in Daredevil and Firefly Part Five: The Devil in Me In the previous section, I introduced Father Lantom in the Netflix series Daredevil, and his role as confessor to the vigilante Matt Murdock. In this section, I’ll show how Father Lantom’s pastoral ministry changes and...

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Preaching in Hell, Part 4: Coffee for the Devil

Preaching in Hell, Part 4: Coffee for the Devil

In the first half of this series, I proposed that it’s worthwhile to investigate examples of Christian truth in popular culture in order to engage our neighbors and reveal the glory of God in our culture. I looked first at one example of a Christian missionary priest bringing the light...

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Preaching in Hell, Part 3: The Missionary’s UnChristian Death

Preaching in Hell, Part 3: The Missionary’s UnChristian Death

Last time, I introduced Shepherd Book from the TV series Firefly and its sequels in the comic books and film Serenity. I showed his arrival as a missionary on the spaceship Serenity, and how his ultimate failure to “carry the Word” – or even keep his cool – led him...

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Preaching in Hell, Part 2: Shepherd Book’s Mission

Preaching in Hell, Part 2: Shepherd Book’s Mission

In Part One, I proposed that we, as Orthodox Christians, can participate in some popular culture in order to have common ground with our neighbors. In particular, I brought up Father Lantom in the 2015 Netflix series Daredevil and Shepherd Book in the 2002 series Firefly and its spinoffs as...

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Preaching in Hell, Part 1: TV and Missions

Preaching in Hell, Part 1: TV and Missions

This article, and its follow-ups, are a version of a presentation that I gave in July 2015 at Doxacon Seattle, a science-fiction and fantasy convention sponsored by Holy Resurrection Orthodox Church in Tacoma, WA. Doxacon “Prime” will take place this November in Washington DC, and if you’re interested in reading...

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