Thursday, February 26, 2015

Movie Review: Panda and the Magic Serpent

The Story: A young man with a pet panda finds his life shaken up by a strange and beautiful woman. She was previously a mystical snake, but a magical storm turned her into a woman. Their romance and happy lives together are soon threatened by an arrogant sorcerer who views the woman as evil and will do anything to part the lovers.

My Thoughts: This obscure animated movie, the first color anime film ever made, is alternately bizarre and brilliant. The animation is heavily influenced by traditional Asian art, and this gives the film a unique and beautiful look overall. The story is more than a bit odd, and though I suspect this is partly due to my lack of knowledge of Asian mythology, I also wonder if some things were lost in translation. And some of it may be every bit as odd as it appears.

Many unanswered questions arise while watching, including: Why does a dragon statue randomly come to life and drag several characters along for a wild ride? How come the cute little panda character turns out to be nearly invincible? Clearly, this movie is not for everyone, but as a fan of animated films, fantasy, and animal tales, I found it worth watching for its historical significance, and the weirdness was amusing rather than off-putting.

Content Overview: Some minor violence. Various pagan beliefs and magical elements come up in the story.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

New Published Article: 7 Important Facts About Jesus' Name

My newest published article, "7 Important Facts About Jesus' Name," is now in Christian Magazine Today! It can be read for free online. Just click on "Read More" below.

Jesus Christ. It’s a name everyone knows. Unfortunately, unless we’re in a church, it’s a name we’re more likely to hear abused than glorified. Even as Christians we may sometimes forget just how special His name is.

Here are seven important facts to remember about Jesus’ name. Read More

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Divine Protection in the Lions' Den

Another article of mine has been published! This one is called "Divine Protection in the Lions' Den," and it is in the Winter 2015 issue of the magazine Keys to Living.

While "Divine Protection in the Lions' Den" is not currently available to read online, I have two other recently published works that are. "Wings of Hope," an inspirational article, can be read in Christian Magazine Today, while "William the Old," a fantasy story, can be read in Ancient Paths.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Newest Published Story: William the Old

I have a new published fantasy story! "William the Old" has been published in the magazine Ancient Paths, which operates through Facebook.

As a boy, I often painted in the woods near my house. I stayed within a mile of home so my parents knew where to find me, but that mile of woods contained a world of wonders.

Dozens of kinds of trees lined the trail, while rocky streams meandered across the fern-covered ground, and animals as diverse as salamanders and black bears strolled by me. My favorite spot was at the foot of the mountains, where I could look up the forested slopes to the mountaintops.

One day... Read More