Redemption Pictures: A Blog Review

Today is July 31st here in the future (also known as Japan), and you know what that means? If you’ve been hanging out with me at Yeah Write you probably do: it’s the last day of 31dbbb (31 Days to Build a Better Blog)!

"God rays" through the clouds
July 31st has finally arrived! HALLELUJAH!

To be honest I have gotten a bit behind in the last week or so, but I want to finish off strong, and finish off with some semblance of renewed motivation rather than with a burn-out-induced desire to hide from the internet. So, for Day 30’s Review Post, I am going to tell you about a blog that helped inspire me to start this project, Breaking Moulds, in the first place: Redemption Pictures by Micah J. Murray.

Micah J. Murray is somewhat of a Christianity enthusiast who followed his heart, mind and conscience away from the church, and is currently in the process of finding his way back – to a more critically-thinking, Wittenberg Door-esque approach. Redemption Pictures is his blog about the journey, about finding his way through issues and experiences with a constantly evolving idea of what his faith means in today’s world.

In 1517, Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses, criticizing the mainstream church of the day, to the Wittenberg Door, and started the Reformation movement.
In 1517, Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses, criticizing the mainstream church of the day, to the Wittenberg Door, and started the Reformation movement.

Some of his most popular posts include: “The Day I Stopped Believing In God,”When We Criticize the Church,” and “Why I Can’t Say Love the Sinner / Hate the Sin Anymore.” Not everything is explicitly about the church, either. He writes about breaking the moulds of what society tells us about marriage in “I Am Not a Sex-Fuelled Robot,” and of what gendered play means, doesn’t mean, and should mean in “Boys and Dolls: A Father’s Response.

Murray’s words are dangerously honest, painfully real, lovingly critical. He speaks for a generation of the disillusioned, who were raised with Bible-story fantasies, and have woken up to the fact that the real world with its real people and real stories are much more complex than what we’ve been led to believe. As he writes,

“We are an entire generation with the broken pieces of our religion scattered on the floor around us. Slowly, carefully, we are trying to separate the truth from the lies.”

As I sought a theme for my new writing project, a direction, a purpose, I stumbled across his blog and his words struck me to the core. “I have to do this, too,” I decided. “I have to add my voice, my perspective, my story to this conversation.” In my own way, of course: I have my own ideas to work through, my own passions to explore, my own moulds to break.

I often find myself stuck in a place between faith and nothingness, wondering if I’ll ever get back to the impassioned spiritual optimism of where I was before. I know deep down that I never will. There is no going back, only forward. Where forward leads will depend a lot on the things I share here as I try to find my own way through the wilderness of issues and ideas, gender and video games, culture and faith. It will also depend on the articles I read from people like Murray, the stories and comments I read from people like you.

Thanks to everyone who has joined in so far, special thanks to Micah J. Murray for the awesome blog, and happy 31st to my fellow Yeah Write-ers!

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The Gospel of… Hate?

On Breaking Moulds

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20 thoughts on “Redemption Pictures: A Blog Review

  1. I’ll be checking out Yeah Write. I actually just wrote about blogging, trying to focus, rethink what I’m doing here with all of you. Pretty interesting how we all connect and bond.

  2. Faith is always something I’m working out. I never assume I have all the answers, which so far has meant I just keep growing.

  3. I have always considered my relationship with God completely separate from that thing we call religion. Thanks for the intro to the blog and am glad to find yours, too.

  4. I love how you can see the clear connection between his blog and it’s inspiration for yours. We all have a journey in faith, and no two journeys are the same. It’s always great to hear about someone else’s obstacles and victories – it really helps to reinforce your hope. Great post!

    1. I like the phrase “reinforce your hope.” Faith is indeed a journey, and it’s always encouraging to connect with people who are on similar paths or facing similar things. Thanks for your comment! 🙂

    1. Wow, thanks for visiting! I’m glad you enjoyed the review, you are doing great things on your blog, keep it up! I can think of more than a few people I know in “real life” who would benefit greatly from reading your stuff as well. Thanks again for the share and the encouragement! 😀

  5. I was so excited to read your post! I’m an ex-Catholic/part time Buddhist who is obsessed with religion and the intricacies and complexities of what inspires people to have “faith”.

    I’m looking forward to reading more of your blog and checking out Redemption Pictures.

  6. I love where you say, “I often find myself stuck in a place between faith and nothingness, wondering if I’ll ever get back to the impassioned spiritual optimism of where I was before. I know deep down that I never will. There is no going back, only forward.” It rings true. And a lovely way to wrap up the 31DBBB with Yeah Write. Well done.

  7. Thank you for sharing, I can’t wait to read both your thoughts and Breaking Moulds! I left my faith two years ago (mormonism) and I sometimes miss the comfort of that kind of spirituality, even though I know I could never ever go back to it. My friend once described it to me as similar to the feeling of when a child grows up and misses the comfort of his teddy bear, though he knows he must put such things away and move on. Still, I do think it’s possible to find spirituality, even if it is a bit different than before – and “forward” can be a very positive thing. I look forward to sharing this journey with you and contemplating my perceptions as well!

    1. Cool, thanks for your interest! Life is a journey and there are a multitude of different takes on spirituality – as evidenced by the multitudes of religions and different denominations within them – keep seeking and I hope you’ll find what you need! Welcome to the Breaking Moulds adventure! 🙂

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