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No Place for Sound and Fury?

Author: Jared MusgroveCategory: Culture

Throughout human history, enduring epics like Beowulf, The Iliad and Macbeth have not shied away from the bombastic form that embodies most classical storytelling. Before they became classics, these epics were simply the popular entertainment of the time, written for the commoner. They weren’t always English teachers’ critical darlings, but were works designed to stir the audience by ...

Culture Matters 4.1.16

Author: The Village ChurchCategory: Culture

Adam LaRoche, a baseball player for the Chicago White Sox, recently chose to leave the team when he was asked to quit bringing his teenage son with him to the ballpark. He shares his perspective at ESPN, stating that the decision between team and career or family was not a difficult one to make. Baseball has taught me countless life lessons. I've learned how to face challenges, how to ...

Culture Matters 3.25.16

Author: The Village ChurchCategory: Culture

This article in The Economist asks, “Why do we work so hard?” The short answer, at least for some, is that work is fun. The author credits software and information technology for eliminating some of the drudgery of work, leaving more time for the interesting aspects of it for people to engage in. They are asking about a job. I am thinking about identity, community, purpose—the things ...

Gluttony in a Digital Age

Author: Kyle WorleyCategory: Culture

We’ve all seen that timer appear on our screen. The countdown begins, and we find ourselves asking, “Should I watch another episode?” Whether on Netflix, Hulu or Amazon, many of us are guilty of falling down the rabbit hole of binge-watching. From taking down dozens of terrorists with Jack Bauer, to saving Hell’s Kitchen with Daredevil to having tea in Downton Abbey, the ...

Culture Matters 3.11.16

Author: The Village ChurchCategory: Culture

This Atlantic article explores the past, present and future of email. Once lauded as a new and efficient form of communication, now people complain about how much of it they’re constantly dealing with. Various apps have come out claiming to be replacements, yet “white-collar workers check their inboxes an average of 77 times a day.” Email has evolved into a weird medium of communication ...

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