"Grace to you and peace from ... Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead" (vv. 4b-5a).
Lots of us preacher-types feel just a bit out of the loop when it comes to some of the more "out-there" aspects of pop culture.
Case in point: the current vampire-and-zombie craze. There's a whole world of books and movies in which the main characters are terrifying creatures of the night.
Literary and film renditions of vampires -- who, in folklore, stand apart from the rest of society, and have their own ghastly subculture -- resonate especially with teens who, in their adolescent agonies, feel society treats them the same way.
That's understandable from a psychological perspective. But what about zombies? How does one account for their surging popularity?
The movie that started it all was the low-budget 1968 cult classic, Night of the Living Dead. The thought of undead creatures (with strips of rotting flesh falling from their bodies and oozing skin-wounds) dining on the bodies...
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