What types of people tend to have the most impact on our lives? Siblings? Parents? Close friends? Each might be true in their own way, but it’s often teachers that have the greatest influence in how we view the world. Those around us may give their own interpretation of events, but teachers have a deeper role, showing us the way that they perceive the world around them and teaching us their reasons for doing so. They open up the natural world, make abstract ideas tanglible, … Read more Truth from the Tentacles
Life is full of uncertainties. It doesn’t matter if you’re a millionaire stockbroker or a homeless bum living on the streets, there are always influences in your life that are outside of your own personal control. Sometimes these variables are small, like what your mom will make for dinner, sometimes they are big, like where your country will be politically over the course of your life. But the ones that touch the deepest and hit the hardest are always the ones that are close to … Read more Chaika the Purposeful Princess
Konnichiwa! As we head into the end of this week and begin to blossom into the next, I want to wrap up the theme of community with a few short ways that we can express this godly love for those in our own lives. Community is an important aspect in the life of the believer, and it is our duty to be that community not just for ourselves, or even for other Christians, but so we can show the world the love of Christ through … Read more Exploring the Role of Christian Fellowship (Part 3)
The theme of growth through fellowship is continued in many anime; teamwork and hard work are values that are prized in Japanese culture, and they find their way into the stories of many forms of media, anime or otherwise. Silver Spoon takes the exploration of such themes to another level with its main character, Hachiken. Haichiken is a model student who transfers to the Ezonoo Agricultural High School, and the show starts off in a predictable manner: Hachiken is the city boy who learns that … Read more Exploring the Role of Christian Fellowship (Part 2)
What does it take for a person to grow? The answer is varied. Some would say exercise, others would say a proper diet, still others would say a clean environment. In truth, it is never one single factor that grows a person, but a combination of influences in our lives that mold and shape us into the people we are. Each one of us is an unfinished painting; each new experience, idea, and emotion adds a new color to the canvas of our lives, altering … Read more Exploring the Role of Christian Fellowship (Part 1)
Ohayo gozaimatsu! A new day, a new week! I know that school starts for some of you today, as it does for me, so I thought “What’s the best way to help my readers as they’re going to school?” Obvious answer: give them anime! So for today’s post, I’d like to highlight my Top Five Anime to Watch While You’re in School! And yes, I enjoy capital letters. Don’t judge.
Fear. Love. Anger. All basic parts of the human existence. All unique, yet interconnected. All primal, yet human. At some point in our lives, we have all experienced a mixture of any of these emotions. For every good day, there are a few bad ones. For every tender hug, there are words that sting of bitterness. And few powers on Earth compare to the influence these emotions can have on our lives. Emotions are not intrinsically human, and yet they are a large part of … Read more The Power of Emotion in Black Rock Shooter
Ohayo gozaimas! Sorry for the lack of posts on Friday everyone; I had a CLEP test that day and the rest of the day was filled with stuff that kept me really busy. I do plan to make up for it though, with a special mid-week post that should land somewhere around Wednesday, so keep your eyes peeled. As always, leave me a Like and a comment below if you like what you see; it helps keep my self-esteem up and lets me know you … Read more Where’s God in Attack on Titan?
Continuing on last week’s post, there are many reasons that friendships are successful. Sometimes it’s because of shared interests, sometimes it’s because of a mutual threat, but one of the most important is encouragement. Few things are more uplifting than a friend who helps to share your burdens, one who loves you, and takes it upon himself to give you strength when you’re weak. This kind of friendship is praised throughout the Bible, and is nowhere more evident than in the relationship between David and … Read more Sword Art Online and the Power of Christian Friendships (Part 2)
Happy Friday everyone! The week is nearly over, and with it comes all the trappings of weekendom: fun, games, laughter, and anime! And what do these all have in common? Nope, not that they can all be experienced over the Internet, but that they are all made way better with friends! We humans are a strange lot. We form alliances and bonds over the slightest of things, and break those bonds at the tip of a hat sometimes. But then, sometimes we form bonds with … Read more Sword Art Online and the Power of Christian Friendships (Part 1)