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Breathed Through Silver

An Exploration of Stories, Art, and Experiences that Inspire Greatness

Breathed Through Silver is now accepting Contributors!

Are you an artist who would like a place to present your writings, poetry, music, photography, or other work to the world and show off its ‘silver’?

And/or are you interested in analyzing stories, art, music, games, and other works to file the ‘silver’ within it?

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Film Theory – Wizard of Oz

If you’ve seen the movie, The Wizard of Oz, then you’d know the premise of the story. Our protagonist, Dorothy, is taken to a magical land where she encounters several characters in the effort to somehow get back home with the help of a wizard. Popular belief behind the movie is that Dorothy is simply dreaming of her adventure and the characters all represent different people in her life. Her three companions are the three men from the farm, Hunk, Hickory and Zeke. The wizard is Professor Marvel. And then of course the Wicked Witch of the West is the despicable Almira Gultch.

But… what if that wasn’t true? What if it wasn’t a stressed induced dream due to Dorothy wanting to make sure that her Auntie Em was okay? What if was a dream representing the internal struggle that Dorothy was having on a subconscious level. A struggle between her foundational belief that she is a “small and meek” individual who loves people and a new belief that she cannot possibly love someone who is cruel enough to “destroy” her dog. Continue reading “Film Theory – Wizard of Oz”

Post Tenebras Lux

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This site loves to display works of art that are good, beautiful and just. 

Post tenebras lux is a Latin phrase translated as ‘Light After Darkness’ and this orchestral piece reflects the light the Reformation brought to Europe.

Listen to it here: Continue reading “Post Tenebras Lux”

Art and the Age of Trump

 

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Every time a president proposes a new budget there are laments for what is getting money and what is getting cut. This president is no exception. This time there are cries over the arts having their budgets cut. I contend that the arts are critical to our humanity and as such should not be funded by the Government. State funding and non-profit funding are completely untouched by the proposal. However people are up in arms about the federal cuts to the arts. How should we respond to this?

Continue reading “Art and the Age of Trump”

Why We Should Let Our Children get Scared?

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A year or so ago my wife and I went out to see ‘How to Train your Dragon 2’ and something quite revealing about our culture happened in the theater. This is something that shows that we are way too overprotective of children – parents dragged out their own kids who wanted to finish the film. Let me explain… (spoiler alert) Continue reading “Why We Should Let Our Children get Scared?”

Hidden Role Board Games and False Teachers

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One of the kinds of board games I like to play are social deduction games. The basic thrust of this genre of games is that all the players have to work together to win, but some of them may be working against the group. Those who work against the group are smaller in number but will try to blend in and mislead the other players so that the game is lost. If that happens those traitors will win instead.

There are many games of this type and these games are also a perfect way to illustrate the danger of false teachers and why apologetics and polemics are important to the life of a church.

Continue reading “Hidden Role Board Games and False Teachers”

Are There Good Christian Board Games?

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Personal confession time: I love board games! We are living also in a reconnaissance of them as well.

However, there are not a lot of great (or even good for that matter) Christian themed board games. A long time ago when I was a kid I visited the Christian bookstore and saw the many monopoly rip-offs (but were reversed in a sort of “share and care -opoly”) or even cheep magic the gathering clones but with angels and prayer instead of creatures and mana. Sigh. Continue reading “Are There Good Christian Board Games?”

The Parable of the Cookie

cookies-1-1559501I long time ago when I was a kid, I was in the kitchen and asked my mother if I could make some snicker doodles (those delicious sugar cookies with the cinnamon sugar on top, crispy outside and sweet inside). As I asked my mouth watered with anticipation. My mother said yes. I was giddy, I could make some wonderful cookies and share them (of course after trying a couple myself before that). However I did not know how long they would take and the precision required to make them. Continue reading “The Parable of the Cookie”

The Resolution Paradox: How Stories Show our Desire for God

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Ever watch a movie, TV show, or read a book that made you think about life? Sometimes we ask if we have false memories like in Total Recall or Inception and sometimes we wonder if we are worth the cost paid for us like in Saving Private Ryan. Stories can touch the mind and impact the heart.

Continue reading “The Resolution Paradox: How Stories Show our Desire for God”

Artist Review: The Gray Havens

From: http://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/gray-havens-interview-making-music-echoes-eden-longings-heaven

A tapestry contains different threads that weave together to display a unique picture. The threads of fantasy and poetic imagery mixed with ideas from Tolkien and C.S. Lewis in music that tells stories; would be a quick way to describe the musical Duo: The Gray Havens. Continue reading “Artist Review: The Gray Havens”

Art & Worldview: The Creative Side of Apologetics

A Great article on how to express truth though the arts! Take a read:

Five things to learn from “The Hobbit”

A great post on how the lessons from The Hobbit can help us Christians get ready for hardship. Check it out!

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Since I mentioned “The Hobbit” in my biographical page at the top of the blog, I thought it might be worth linking to something about it.

This is from the Art of Manliness blog.

The 5 things:

  1. You can aspire to and achieve greatness no matter who you are and no matter your stage in life
  2. A great leader knows when it’s time to step back and let go
  3. There are some things in life we just have to accomplish on our own
  4. To simply continue on is one of the bravest things that can be done
  5. A great story always has conflict or hardship

And my favorite of the five – the one that had meaning for me – is #5:

5. A great story always has conflict or hardship. Imagine your life as a story. Not…

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Back to the Future… the Long Way Around

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So the future is here (again). In the movie Back to the Future 2, when they actually went to the future, arrived today on the 21st of October 2015. Here is the future according to that movie:

Look at that optimism! A utopia fit for the 1980’s! A guy carrying an ironing board! Continue reading “Back to the Future… the Long Way Around”

Apologetics and Stories

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Stories are all around us: they are in the books we read, movies we watch, news we view, and the games we play. They permeate all of what we encounter. Turn on the TV and there is a commercial that sells us a story about the product. Watch kids play and they construct a make-believe world of house, dragon slaying, tea parties, or adventuring.

We are shaped by our stories. After the movie Jaws was released people were afraid of going to the beach. Even today the musical theme is recognized by many. People still think that archeology is done with people wearing fedoras carrying bull whips. Even I, after unwisely watching Steven King’s IT, became afraid of clowns. Still today, I find clowns creepy… but that’s another story. Continue reading “Apologetics and Stories”

Creation, Fall, Redemption

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As we survey the stories around us we start to see that certain authors put into their writing their views of the world. This is normal and expected. Dr. Seuss’s whimsy comes through on every rhyme, even though his World War 2 political cartoons were hard-handed against isolationism. The macabre of Alfred Hitchcock is in every dark and foreboding scene of his films – and it is said that it came from him being punished in a jail cell at a young age. The wonder of C.S. Lewis in his fictional works is very apparent, so much in fact that arguably it brought both science fiction and children fantasy away from pulp and into the mainstream. Continue reading “Creation, Fall, Redemption”

The Effect of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Mythopoeia

This is an amazing post on the power of Myth. It also contains the full text of the poem that J.R.R. Tolkien wrote to C.S. Lewis that inspired this blog. Check it out!

A Pilgrim in Narnia

THE HOBBIT: UNEXPECTED JOURNEYI am often asked what brought me into the worlds of J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis. While I do love the books, it wasn’t Narnia that first captured my imagination as a thinker. It wasn’t even the world of Middle Earth and Peter Jackson’s treatment of it–though I love both. It was actually a poem–and a rather obscure one–with a clumsy title, “Philomythus to Misomythus.”

For writers and academics that sit at the feet of the Inklings, the poem is well known. In the Fall of 1931, the theist C.S. Lewis was moving steadily toward a conversion to Christianity. On Sept 19, Lewis and Tolkien had a legendary conversation with another colleague and future Inkling, Hugo Dyson. They spoke late into the night, arguing about faith and theology and history. When the topic turned to “myth,” Lewis evidently made the comment that myths were “lies breathed through silver.”

While you…

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