Is American Gods Suddenly Our Most Politically Relevant Show?

Joanna Robinson:

When beloved sci-fi/fantasy author Neil Gaiman first set about to write his classic 2001 novel American Gods, he did so with an immigrant’s eye. This Englishman with an obsessive love for mythology went on a massive writing-based road trip criss-crossing the country from coast to coast telling chronicling the story of gods the many immigrants before him had brought to American shores. Though showrunners Bryan Fuller and Michael Green could never have known it when they initially signed on to adapt the book for TV back in 2014, this immigrant tale has become one of the most surprisingly politically relevant shows of the Trump era. The show doesn’t premiere on Starz until April 30, but the first episode debuted Saturday at SXSW in Austin. It reveals a show both unafraid of showing its teeth and drawing its audience into a unifying embrace.


Every Legend of Zelda Game, Ranked (30 years)

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Cross Church Notes: Love Handles (Weeks 1-5)

Week 1

  • John 13:35
  • Ephesians 4, 5, 6
  • Ephesians 5:1-2
  • Ephesians 5:21

How assumptions work

  1. Assumptions affect our decisions.
  2. Assumptions are invisible to you.

A cultural assumption that affects our relationships is the assumption that relationships should make us happy.

Truths about happiness

  1. Happiness is a moving target.
  2. Happiness is in conflict with itself.
  3. Happiness is getting your way.
  4. Happiness is not a destination.
  5. Happiness is not love.

It’s the very pursuit of happiness that thwarts happiness.

There’s relationships, some for reasons, some for seasons, and some for lifetimes.

Submitting means having a voluntary attitude of giving in, cooperating, assuming responsibility, and carrying a burden.

Which will you apply?

  1. Voluntary attitude of giving
  2. Cooperating
  3. Assuming responsibility
  4. Carrying a burden

What if we honored people in our lives as if they never did wrong?

If you want change in your relationship, you can’t change what they’re gonna do. The one thing I can change, is me.

Week 2

  • John 13:35
  • 1 Corinthians 7:26
  • Psalm 51:10
  • Proverbs 6:32
  • Proverbs 18:22
  • Romans 12:1

What if God intended relationships to make us Holy, not to make us happy?

You’re be more successful in your relationships when you’re coming from a place of fulfillment not for fulfillment.

Your single season should be

  1. Healthy
  2. Fruitful
  3. Intentional
  4. Pure

Healthy

  • You cannot expect a relationship to make you whole.

  • Life does not begin with marriage. It begins with salvation.

  • Transferring unmet needs of your past to a spouse will end in pain.

Fruitful

  • How fruitful is your single season?

Intentional

  • Dating is for the purpose of marriage.

  • Your dating experiences should bring honor to God, family, your testimony, and your date’s testimony.

  • Dating is a time to be real not to impress.

Purity

  • Ways to find purity: awareness, advancement, accountability, availability

  • Place guardrails in your dating relationships.

  • You must be led by your spirit in dating, not your body and soul.

  • Find accountability to support holiness in your relationships.

Week 3

  • Philippians 2:3
  • Psalm 103:10
  • James 4:6
  • Psalms 127:1
  • Jeremiah 29:13

Keys to a healthy marriage

  1. Celebrate your differences
  2. Communicate effectively
  3. Feed the romance
  4. Make time for hot topics
  5. Give each other grace
  6. Have a Jesus First relationship

There are four keys to communicating with your spouse

  • Be honest
  • Be positive
  • Be diligent
  • Be forgiving

There are five love languages

  • Physical touch
  • Acts of service
  • Quality time
  • Words of affirmation
  • Receiving gifts

Two things that hinder us from showing our spouse grace

  1. The Me” lens
  2. The Love If” lens

The thing that hinders us from giving unconditional love is pride.

Week 4

  • John 13:35
  • James 4:6
  • Romans 12:10
  • Proverbs 15:1

Book: The Good Fight

The absence of conflict does not equal health.

The difference between a marriage that grows happier and one that grows more miserable is not whether they fight but how they fight.

Arguments where one partner or the other becomes defensive or stubborn or withdraw a are particularly destructive.

The essence of a bad fight boiled down to a single ingredient: pride.

If pride can get the devil kicked out of heaven, pride can get you kicked out of bed.

The anatomy of a good fight: The Core

1. Cooperation

Good fighters fight for a win-win.

Fore more cooperation:

  • Share withholds
  • Rate the depth of your disagreement
  • Agree to disagree when necessary

2. Ownership

Good fighters own their piece of the pie.

For more ownership:

  • Apologize when you mean it
  • Practice the XYZ formula

Tips on how to say I’m sorry.”

Three R’s:

  • Responsibility
  • Regret
  • Remedy

XYZ:

  • X: In situation
  • Y: When you do
  • Z: I feel

3. Respect

Good fighters steer clear of belittling.

For more respect:

  • Don’t be cruel
  • Take a time-out if needed

4. Empathy

Good fighters step into each other’s shoes.

For more empathy:

  • Read your partner’s mind
  • Send up prayers for your partner

Week 5

  • John 13:35
  • Proverbs 16:5
  • Proverbs 16:18
  • Jeremiah 21:11
  • 1 Samuel 9:1-17
  • Roman’s 5:8
  • 1 Samuel 10:9

Pride prevents you from your promise.

What do donkey missions do?

  1. Donkey missions test your patience.
  2. Donkey missions will keep us humble.
  3. Donkey missions test our motives.
  4. Donkey missions are always about something bigger.

More leaders lose their way on donkey missions than on purpose missions.

How do I apply this?

  1. Be faithful.
  2. Don’t let anything be beneath you.
  3. Stop seeing things as pointless, and start seeing things as practice.
  4. Let God change your heart.

How 45 Minutes With The Legend Of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild Convinced Me To Buy A Switch

Javy Gwaltney:

Even now my mind is drifting back to the plains of Hyrule in Breath of the Wild. I’m wondering where secrets lay hidden in temples and towers, in the bottoms of lakes, and what beasts await around the crumbled ruins in the distance. I’ve always been skeptical about whether or not killer apps” are a thing or if any single piece of software was worth buying a console for. However, Breath of the Wild has demolished that notion in less than an hour. The rest of the console’s lineup can be a series of duds for all I care. There is something special about this Zelda. It has a soul. It trembles with wonder and delight, and I’m counting the hours until I can get back to saving the world.


I have to get lost so I can invent some way out. — David Salle


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When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you. — Lao Tzu


This tiny home was 3D-printed in 24 hours (and it cost just over $10,000)

Jenny Xie:

Completed in the town of Stupino, located 60 miles south of Moscow, this 400-square-foot home was made with 3D-printing company Apis Cor’s mobile 3D printer, a crane-like, first-of-its-kind apparatus that’s small enough to be portable. That means the structure’s main components—the self-bearing walls, partitions and building envelope—were all printed on site, eliminating the need for transportation and assembly. The insulation, a combination of solid elements and liquid polyurethane, was also completed on site.


No-Pressure Blogging

Manton Reece:

I love that blogs can scale from the trivial to the important. The microblog post about what you had for breakfast. The half-baked rant about something you’re passionate about. And sometimes, the rare essay that really hits the mark and makes people think.

I believe everyone should have a blog. Whether it’s for big post, small thoughts, or collecting pictures and videos—a blog helps you think, gives you a voice, and challenges consistency in areas of your life.


American Gods: Origins