Forefront Podcast 3: Movie Sequels, Ben Hur, Jordan Peterson, Welcome Wagon, Ben Myers, Instagram

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The whole Forefront team is together for this packed episode. 00:08 – Introduction 00:50 – Nate reviews Ben Hur (2016) 04:01 – Josh discusses a new book by Jordan B. Peterson 08:44 – Zack mourns The Cranberries and praises The Welcome Wagon 13:50 – Cody looks forward to a new book by poet Benjamin Myers 19:23 – Rich analyzes a new visual trend …

Forefront Podcast 2: Analyzing The Last Jedi

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In this special episode, Forefront collaborators Nate Mancini, Rich Christman, Josh Gastin, and Cody Schweickert review Star Wars: The Last Jedi. 01:53 – Overall reactions 09:52 – The character of Luke Skywalker 23:00 – Rey/Kylo plotline 31:03 – Rey’s parentage / can anyone be force sensitive? 47:03 – Finn/Rose plotline, Poe/Holdo plotline 01:05:28 – Favorite Star Wars movies 01:06:45 – …

Forefront Podcast 1: Art House Press, Jane Austen, The Last Jedi, racial reconciliation, and Jesus’s name in music

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Forefront collaborators Nate Mancini, Rich Christman, Zack Osinski, and Josh Gastin kick off an all-new format of Forefront 360. 00:10 – Introduction 01:30 – Rich Christman discusses the most recent issue of Art House Press and the poetry he wrote for it 10:09 – We discuss the physicality of art 17:02 – Josh Gastin discuss his first experience with Jane …

“Jesus, etc.”

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What does a Christian do when an artist calls Jesus a “boogey man”? How about the unbeliever when a musician sings “Jesus’ll kill you if you don’t get along”? Or simply his name: Jesus. Does the Christian swoon, the unbeliever grimace? For years, a favorite musician of mine has been Joni Mitchell. As the preeminent singer-songwriter of the twentieth century, …

In Defense of Revisiting Art

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Why would anyone read the same book more than once? I’m Josh Gastin, I’ve read The Lord of the Rings 14 times, and I’m here to answer that question. First off, I will readily admit that 14 is far too many times to read a book and I can’t exactly recommend that anyone else go as far as that. I …

Compassionate Experience in a World of Monologue

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Joseph Stalin’s censors were breathing down the composer’s neck, his city had been under siege by Adolph Hitler’s army for months in the midst of an agonizing winter, and artists close to him were being taken away to gulags weekly because their work did not “serve the state.” Dmitri Shostakovich composed his Seventh Symphony during the horrifying 871-day siege of …