Bryan Paul Sullo

Things to Share 2015-03-01

In Arts & Entertainment, Faith & Religion, Writing on 1 March 2015 at 6:13 pm

I’ve decided to try something new—sharing interesting things I come across online. Here’s what I’ve found recently:

Hide and Create: Favorite Moves, part 2 (Audio Podcast)

One of the many podcasts I listen to regularly is Hide and Create. It’s a podcast by writers, about writing. This episode, though, was about the hosts’ favorite movies, and what made them so good. Host, Debbie Viguie, explains why the recent Johnny Depp, Armie Hammer movie, The Lone Ranger was better than even I thought it was. I know it didn’t do very well in theaters, but listen to this to find out why you should give it another shot.
(Skip ahead to 18:20 for the Lone Ranger discussion.)

Super Simple Songs (YouTube)

This YouTube channel is high-quality toddler crack. It’s essentially nursery rhymes put to music and songs you learned in nursery school, with simple, entertaining animations. You can watch them individually, or choose from one of their 30-minute or 60-minute mixes, for when you just need the kids out of your hair for a while. Our kids love all of them–except “Hickory Dickory Dock”, which has a terrifying (to 19-month-olds) elephant crushing a tall case clock.

The Coptic Martyrs of ISIS (Web Site)

On February 21st of 2015, Pope Tawadros II, the patriarch of the Coptic (Egyptian) Orthodox church announced that the 21 men beheaded by ISIS militants in Libya were martyred for faith in Jesus Christ, and will be recognized as saints in the Coptic church. This article from the Orthodox Christian Network (OCN) explores what the term, saint, actually means, and who gets to decide who is or is not a saint. The answers might surprise you.

God’s Call and Our Response (Audio Podcast)

(I’ve already included an audio podcast in this list, so this one’s a bonus.)
Fr. Evan Armatas, Priest at St. Spyridon Greek Orthodox Church in Loveland, Colorado, has an exceptional gift for explaining deep theological concepts in easy-to-understand terms. This 40-minute talk gives a clear and concise view of how Orthodox Christianity understands salvation.

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