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Netflix – The Dragon Prince

Recently aired was the finale of season three of “The Dragon Prince” which brought to a close an awesome three season arc, here i am going to talk the show and why i think it’s great, if you don’t want spoilers then just go watch it, not that i really has spoilers.

The Dragon Prince

The story line. A young prince (Ezran), his brother (Callum) and a moon shadow elf (Rayla) have to take the egg of the dragon prince from it’s hidden location in the human lands to the magical side of Zadia, their country. They plan to give the egg back to the dragon queen and thus end the war between humans, dragons and elves.

Rayla

As a plot it’s strong and i’m sure a lot of it wrote itself, the three protagonist have to go through a lot to reach the queen and have to fight people chasing them, face dragons, some flying elves and more. There is good development with Callum who learn magic, as the first human to do so, and Rayla grows as a person/elf too.

The show tries to be funny and often is, sometimes they try too hard but 90% of the time it is. It is light hearted and the main characters are ones you like. Also it it very well drawn and they have done very well with the voices. It’s quite easy to stop seeing it as animated and just find yourself lost in the story. But they had me at magic, elves and dragons.

Claudia: Dark Mage

There is also “Dark Magic” which i find fascinating and have stolen for my own books. It’s basically using magic of creatures to effect. Like a unicorns horn. The thing that is interesting is it is frowned upon and called “dark magic,” but to my mind eating a cow is worse than killing a magic moth. Claudia their former friend and now hunter is a great character and her use of magic vs Callums creates a great counter-point.

As a writer myself one thing that drives me mad is when shows don’t explain magic. This does. Creatures have a connection with the primal sources of magic. Ralya is a moon shadow elf, thus to learn magic. Callum has to understand the source.

This is animated, but in English so it looks real and if you like anime this is one of the best around. Also it has 27 episode in this series arc so it’s great to binge. Find it on Netflicks and lets hope more season are coming.

Christians: features magic but it is a corrupting force except for “pure” magic that is primal but i think it is more than fine as it’s about friendship and being a good person. This is clearly fantasy and set in a different world to this.

Fear of being uncool

Recently our pastor at Hillsong bermondsey, phil asked the question, what did we need to let go of. What old anger were we holding on to, what old bad behaviors, what way of interacting with the world.

I came to see the biggest thing for me is being cynical and having a real fear of being a sucker. I am a born again christian but you won’t see me with both hands raised and i like Hillsong music but some of the songs are too lively. My favorite bands are the Ramones, Rancid and the Real Mckenzies but that different. It might be a left over from high school but is still worry about being cool even though i am a married man of 38.

The word cool is dangerous, i think it really means cynical. Ricky gervais is considered cool but he’s far from a good looking man and seem to have little drive, but he’s “cool” because he doubts things and insults them.

If you tried hard you were a loser but not caring or trying is cool. I see how i get tricked by the world because i do care what people think of me and i won’t embarrass myself and i don’t even like people to notice me. Because of this i feel sometimes i don’t talk about my faith or express it as a want.

What i am trying to say is we are not cool. Jesus was not cool. Because he was smart, kind and thoughtful. Most Christians i know, especially those raised in the faith are not cool at school, they do well in class, care about others, try hard. Yet there is something better than being “cool” and that’s being awesome.

They are good at everything they do, because they practice. They smash all exams because they study and they are good friends and partners because they care. Don’t worry about not being “cool” you’re a child of God and that is way better!

My Baptism

Two years after my coming to faith, i wanted to be baptized. I wanted it to be in the UK and by George my brother in law. I also wanted it to be in nature, because nature has always been a big part of my faith. It was a magical day. Everyone prayed and sung and i gave my testimony. Here is the video, i hope you like it and it’s proof of the event if i ever want to be a vicar!

Hope you like it caz!

Christian media

I am a born again, i have been a christian for about two years and i think that has helped me realize we live in a world where the christian world view is often pushed aside. I often think of TV, Film, books and the like and almost everything seems to slowly work away at our faith. Also we are under-represented. If the world is 20% Christians, there is no way 20% of media is as well.

Recently i was watching “an idiot abroad’ again and now i here just how much he blasphemes, in shows people do it all the time. A lot of shows either subtly or not so subtle attack us and worse make it hard for non-Christians to give us a chance. The over ridding view of Christians in film and TV is we are mostly harmless idiots like Sheldon’s mother in big bang.

I am a christian writer and i feel being part of the media machine is one of the best things we can do right now. The movie “The cabin,” would have had much more effect than going door to door and engaging people. I believe as Christians the new evangelism in not just preaching, it is creating media, music, art and of course books.

Amazon has almost 32 million books for sale, and of those 90,000 are christian. If you’re a christian author or a creative type do get involved with one of my groups.