Tyler Smith is the sort of online Christian voice other Christians claim they want to hear. He is knowledgeable and well-spoken, modest and sincere. He respects that the secular world has vivid insight into great truths, and he admires skill and beauty where he finds them.
Tyler’s holistic Christian faith is evidenced consistently through comments on two podcasts he hosts: Battleship Pretension and More Than One Lesson. The former show is well-known in the online film community for providing a mindful look at various facets of film and film culture—-facets that may not be covered elsewhere in the podcast landscape. On a program like this, one might have reason to hide their faith, but Tyler is both open and bold without being off-putting. The latter show is a solo, personal project with a more focused goal of viewing film and filmmaking through a Christian lens.
It was through More Than One Lesson that I first discovered Tyler’s work, and I became quickly enamored with the show because he spent time on films that go overlooked in the podcast community: specifically films aimed at the Christian subculture. Tyler provides mindful insight on well-known evangelical motion pictures such as God’s Not Dead and several works of Kirk Cameron, but he also spends time on lesser known (but arguably better) spiritually-minded pictures like Believe Me. I will leave you to listen to episodes of the show in order to get Tyler’s opinion on these and others, but be assured: Tyler is exceedingly fair and gracious in his comments, even and especially when they may be considered “harsh”.
In the online world of pithy retorts, mocking memes, and death threats, a balanced and meek voice like Tyler’s should be appreciated and cherished—-particularly as he is an ambassador for The Kingdom to many who otherwise might hear little regarding matters of the Christian faith.
Please join me in getting to know Tyler Smith better, and be sure to check out his site and shows on iTunes:
Thank you for continuing to follow my progress here at 3LC. Gotta tell you; it’s been slow, but slow-and-steady wins the race, right?
- Article writing flashed in a pan. In the spring, I had the privilege of visiting a local Toy Company, BrickWarriors, and Figures.com published my interview with their founder. Plus, I wrote this little doozy about my collecting habits shifting to Lego.
- I have finally started launching my “Tour of Middle Earth” Lego photo project on FLICKR. So far, it’s been fun, and we have a great deal of the journey yet to go.
- In light of my post last week, I’ve been promoting some of my favorite podcasts and artists on Twitter. My hope is to develop the habit of sharing another person’s platform or project each day of the workweek.
- On the children’s book front, rewrites on “Franklin Finnigan the Fiddlin’ Frog” have halted. Here’s to rekindled and renewed efforts this month to have the second draft finished by August 1st.
- Meanwhile, work on my two major projects has continued strongly. I am almost done the pre-proof edit of To Retreat from Romance as well as a revised edition of Stronghold (to accompany the release of the long-promised study guide).
- To Retreat from Romance is now on deck to be released before 2016, and I am ecstatic.
- Stronghold is headed for a complete revised edition (you may recall, I was debating this in April). A good friend and mentor told me that a major retooling might be worth it given that only 200 folks have read the first. Taking his advice, I’ve decided to push forward full throttle.
- Study Guides for each are also still planned.
- X3church group leadership continues to go well; and by summer’s end, we may have 3 new leaders in my zone!
- National Novel Write Month is coming, and it will be November before I blink. I am still outlining my project, and I am looking forward to putting it on the page.
- Also this fall, I’ll be participating in Creations for Charity once again. Ideas are already brimming, and I will share them with you HERE once they are finished.
All that being said, I am feeling good as I move into Q3! Thanks again for visiting!