The western genre does not let audiences forget about death. Whether by starvation or heatstroke, gun bullets or arrows, the harsh environs of the lawless frontier present constant reminders of mortality. This has been fodder for movie drama as long as cinema has existed, and The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (watch on Netflix) is just the latest example.
Written and directed by Oscar-winning filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen—the latest “prestige” auteurs…
‘Buster Scruggs’: What the Coen Brothers Get Right and Wrong About Death
For nine months she cherished the flutterings in her womb, and she wondered about the contours of the hands that prodded her, the unique works awaiting them. As she prepared a nursery in pastels and assembled a library of board books, she imagined all the long years with her little one, and her joy coursed vast and deep. She thanked God for calling her to motherhood.
One of the most irreconcilable clashes in modern society is the conflict between Christianity and LGBT rights. At best, the two sides misunderstand each other. At worst, each fears that the ascendency of one means the zero-sum defeat of the other.
But in A War of Loves: The Unexpected Story of a Gay Activist Discovering Jesus by David Bennett, readers learn of an agnostic gay activist whose experiences left him searching for deeper meaning in life. He found it in the transformative love of Jesus Christ.
At the beginning, Bennett declares his purpose in writing this memoir was “simply to share how…