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Winding Down The Year By Rewinding

Here are 10 very cool TV shows I watched this year and highly recommend.

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Winding Down The Year By Rewinding

Quarantining has definitely left me with much more free time than I am used to, and I utilized this time by turning to an age old comfort: binge watching TV. I'm sure this is something many people can relate to, so I thought I'd share some of the best shows I watched this year. When it comes to television, my taste ranges and I'm interested in watching just about anything. The shows on this list compile several different genres and in my opinion, always guarantee a great watching experience.

Disclaimer: Not every show on this list came out this year, some are older and finished and I only watched it this year!

Bojack Horseman (Netflix)

Bojack Horseman

Vox

This is genuinely one of the greatest animated shows ever made. It handles and addresses social issues very beautifully and is honestly such a thought provoking and hilarious watch. This show destroyed me inside, but in a really good way if that makes sense.

The Undoing (HBO)

Hugh Grant and Nicole Kidman in HBO's "The Undoing"

Marie Claire

Nicole Kidman is a real talent. I love a good mystery and this miniseries definitely satiated that need! It's a classic whodunit and the ending left me reeling as you watch everything unravel.

Breaking Bad (AMC)

Aaron Paul and Bryan Cranston in AMC's "Breaking Bad"

IMDb

I know I'm super late in watching this as it's regarded as one of the greatest TV shows of all time, and after watching I completely understand why. Seeing Walter's (Bryan Cranston) transformation from a dispirited high school teacher to a criminal mastermind is absolutely wild. Aaron Paul also broke my heart with some of the most raw performances I've ever seen in any TV show ever made.

Community (NBC)

Danny Pudi, Yvette Nicole Brown, Joel McHale, Gillian Jacobs, Alison Brie, and Donald Glover in NBC's "Community"

Entertainment Weekly

I watched this around the middle of quarantine and god, it was the best form of escapism I ever had. This is hands down, my favorite TV show now. Every line is comedic gold and holds so much wit behind it. This show made me so happy and I seriously recommend it if you need a hilarious sitcom to make you feel good after the trash fire that is 2020.

The Queen's Gambit (Netflix)

Anya Taylor Joy in Netflix's "The Queen's Gambit"

The New York Times

The miniseries that took Netflix by storm. Anya Taylor Joy shines in this series as a chess prodigy dealing with drug and alcohol dependency. She's insanely talented and this show even increased public interest in chess!

Normal People (Hulu)

Daisy Edgar Jones and Paul Mescal in Hulu's "Normal People"

Refinery29

All I'm gonna say is that I'm not a very emotional person but this made me feel SO MANY THINGS. It is so beautiful and heart wrenching. Please watch it.

The Newsroom (HBO)

Emily Mortimer and Jeff Daniels in HBO's "The Newsroom"

Vanity Fair

The Newsroom gets a lot of shit and is kind of known for being Aaron Sorkin's weaker pieces of work, but I thought it was pretty good. There are a few questionable scenes and lines but overall I think this was a great political drama and Jeff Daniels is a powerhouse.

Unorthodox (Netflix)

Shira Haas in Netflix's "Unorthodox"

Jewish Boston

This miniseries focuses on a young Jewish woman who leaves a Hasidic community in New York City and runs away to Berlin to discover a life outside her community. It's very intimate and is carried by Shira Haas who got an Emmy nom for her outstanding work.

The Great (Hulu)

Nicholas Hoult and Elle Fanning in Hulu's "The Great"

Deadline

This show is so funny and only occasionally historically accurate. It follows Catherine the Great after she gets married to Peter III of Russia and her attempt to stage a coup and take power. It's extremely satirical and such a great watch. Fanning and Hoult bounce off each other wonderfully.

Lucifer (Netflix)

Tom Ellis in Netflix's "Lucifer"

Hollywood Reporter

Tom Ellis is so attractive, that should be the only reason you need to watch this show. The Devil running a nightclub in LA? That's such a brilliant concept. I loved this so much and can't wait for the final season to come out!

This was a great year for TV watchers worldwide and I hope this gave you some things to add to your watchlist! Happy New Year!

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Is God Reckless?

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Is God Reckless?


First things first I do not agree with people getting so caught up in the specific theology of a song that they forget who they are singing the song to. I normally don't pay attention to negative things that people say about worship music, but the things that people were saying caught my attention. For example, that the song was not biblical and should not be sung in churches. Worship was created to glorify God, and not to argue over what kind of theology the artist used to write the song. I was not made aware of the controversy surrounding the popular song "Reckless Love" by Cory Asbury until about a week ago, but now that I am aware this is what I have concluded.The controversy surrounding the song is how the term reckless is used to describe God's love. This is the statement that Cory Asbury released after many people questioned his theology regarding his lyrics. I think that by trying to clarify what the song was saying he added to the confusion behind the controversy.This is what he had to say,
"Many have asked me for clarity on the phrase, "reckless love". Many have wondered why I'd use a "negative" word to describe God. I've taken some time to write out my thoughts here. I hope it brings answers to your questions. But more than that, I hope it brings you into an encounter with the wildness of His love.When I use the phrase, "the reckless love of God", I'm not saying that God Himself is reckless. I am, however, saying that the way He loves, is in many regards, quite so. What I mean is this: He is utterly unconcerned with the consequences of His actions with regards to His own safety, comfort, and well-being. His love isn't crafty or slick. It's not cunning or shrewd. In fact, all things considered, it's quite childlike, and might I even suggest, sometimes downright ridiculous. His love bankrupted heaven for you. His love doesn't consider Himself first. His love isn't selfish or self-serving. He doesn't wonder what He'll gain or lose by putting Himself out there. He simply gives Himself away on the off-chance that one of us might look back at Him and offer ourselves in return.His love leaves the ninety-nine to find the one every time."
Some people are arguing that song is biblical because it makes reference to the scripture from Matthew 28:12-14 and Luke 15. Both of these scriptures talk about the parable of the lost sheep and the shepherd. The shepherd symbolizes God and the lost sheep are people that do not have a relationship with God. On the other hand some people are arguing that using the term reckless, referring to God's character is heretical and not biblical. I found two articles that discuss the controversy about the song.The first article is called, "Reckless Love" By Cory Asbury - "Song Meaning, Review, and Worship Leading Tips." The writer of the article, Jake Gosselin argues that people are "Making a mountain out of a molehill" and that the argument is foolish. The second article, "God's Love is not Reckless, Contrary to What You Might Sing" by author Andrew Gabriel argues that using the term reckless is irresponsible and that you cannot separate Gods character traits from God himself. For example, saying that God's love is reckless could also be argued that God himself is reckless. Reckless is typically not a word that someone would use to describe God and his love for us. The term reckless is defined as (of a person or their actions) without thinking or caring about the consequences of an action. However, Cory Asbury is not talking about a person, he is talking about God's passionate and relentless pursuit of the lost. While I would not have chosen the word reckless, I understand what he was trying to communicate through the song. Down below I have linked two articles that might be helpful if you are interested in reading more about the controversy.


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