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I can’t bear to listen to the news. A friend shared this sentiment with me recently, reflecting an experience that I am beginning to hear with some regularity. The feeling with which she spoke exposed a vulnerability and anxiety that is becoming increasingly common. I knew exactly what she meant; I’ve felt much the same […] Read More

I have always loved movies. It is a lifelong passion. Because I love the movies, I like to share with others those movies that touched me deeply and to give them a chance to discuss them. I want them to see how they speak so deeply to me. My hope is that these movies will […] Read More

Comic-Con International, held in San Diego, is the largest gathering of pop culture in the world. There are events around movies, television, comics, games and aspects of fandom in those areas. This was my fourth time attending. It was held July 19-23 this year. One may ask what does a pastor want to do at […] Read More

Where’s the Good News?

Christmas is the season of good news, right? “I bring you good news,” said the angel to the shepherds at the birth of Jesus. The angels proclaimed, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he favors.” Had not Mary earlier said that God would lift up the lowly, […] Read More

“I unplug to __________.” If you unplugged for a day and got off the grid, what would you do? Read? Sleep? Get outside? Catch up over coffee? These are some of the planned activities when people unplug from sundown to sundown on March 7-8 – the National Day of Unplugging (NDU). The NDU asks folks […] Read More

Like all “Baby Boomers,” I grew up with television.          I cut my teeth on “Captain Kangaroo” and “Sesame Street” and graduated to sitcoms such as “The Andy Griffith Show,” “Bewitched” and “Gilligan’s Island” On Saturday mornings, I awoke early and enjoyed the host of characters from Warner Brothers. It’s amazing that Mel Blanc was the voice […] Read More

A fragment has caused a global flutter about historic Christianity. The claim that Jesus was married has flashed around the world, saturating newspapers, online sources and TV news shows. It has sparked unbridled speculation about the future of Christianity. The New York Times broke the news on Sept. 18 with the headline, “A Faded Piece […] Read More

Baptist prophet Wayne Flynt said Alabama’s anti-immigration law is racist. Baptist Gov. Robert Bentley denied being a racist. NBC correspondent Kate Snow interviewed both for a news show, “Rock Center with Brian Williams,” that aired on Nov. 14. The program began with footage of rotting tomatoes in a farm field and continued with interviewing Alabama […] Read More

(RNS) For pastors with ambitions to reach huge audiences, there’s often no better platform than the megachurch, which has given rise to powerhouse media empires from T.D. Jakes to Max Lucado to Joel Osteen and many others. But some high-profile pastors are opting to leave congregational ministry altogether to pursue publishing and other media ventures […] Read More

SALT LAKE CITY (RNS) With two Mormons in the presidential campaign and a hit Broadway show about LDS missionaries, a group of church loyalists felt the time was ripe to begin scrutinizing media reports for inaccuracies about the Utah-based faith. On Thursday (Aug.4) the Foundation for Apologetic Information and Research (FAIR) announced that it was […] Read More