Entries by Joanna Hor

How to Respond When a Friend Confesses Their Sin

We all struggle with temptation and sin every day (Rom 3:23), and know the right thing to do—but it’s a lot easier said than done. Often, we wrestle with our sin for a long time, and sometimes even minimise or excuse it altogether. Talking to others about it may be the last thing on our minds.

So, when we do hear about a friend’s sin, we could be at a loss as to how to respond.

Vincenzo: A Sexy But Troubling Take on Justice

As much as I enjoyed Song Joong-ki’s portrayal of the polished mafia consigliere, watching Vincenzo torture his enemies even as they pleaded for him to put a bullet through their heads and spare them of the excruciating pain and misery just didn’t sit right. Perhaps, as the show’s protagonist, I was expecting that he would be “different”, and would redeem himself by choosing to spare his enemies at the very last moment.

Instead, all the baddies get killed and Vincenzo gets away scot-free as he escapes the country. It’s the type of ending Song’s fans would applaud, but one that is also highly problematic.

Raya and the Last Dragon: It Matters Who You Trust

I remember stepping out of the cinema with a warm and fuzzy feeling, in full agreement with the show’s themes of forgiveness, grace, and even teamwork (how Raya was eventually able to carry out her mission with the help of a group of companions, in contrast to the beginning when she was ploughing on as a lone wolf).

However, as I thought some more about the film’s core message—trusting others will make this world a better place—I wondered if it was a tad too simplistic.

3 Reasons Why We’re Drawn to Bling Empire

Ever wondered what kind of life you might have if you’re filthy rich? Well, get ready to be dazzled as Netflix’s latest hit show, Bling Empire, shows us exactly what it’d look like.

If you reckon you’re going to binge on this bling, it might be worth giving this show a bit of a think. Here are three reasons why (I think) we never tire of shows like Bling Empire.

3 Ways to Respond Rightly to Viral News

Living in a digital age means we all have been given access to information like never before, and will find ourselves surrounded by a culture that demands a response from us on issues that affect us—directly or indirectly.

This got me thinking of the following: How should we engage with the news we come across? Is there a biblical response we as believers should adopt?