When a Pastor Sues a Rapper

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How would you respond if you were a famous pastor and a rapper inserted a sound bite from one of your sermons into a profane, problematic song? Bishop T.D. Jakes of The Potter’s House megachurch in Dallas faced exactly that quandary recently when rapper Jeezy spliced a 20-second segment from one of Jakes’ 2013 messages into […]

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The Vault is Finally Empty

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You may have heard this rumored, but the pieces are falling into place (ba-dump-chuck) for a live-action … Tetris movie. You heard that right, Tetris. Threshold Entertainment and the Tetris Company have announced that they’ve come up with an incredible script that will help transform the classic ’80s video game into box office gold. “It’s […]

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Keep Calm and Read On

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Stressed out? Feeling fragmented, distracted and disconnected? Maybe you just need a bit o’ time with a good book. About 30 to 45 minutes, to be precise. There’s only one catch: You’ve got to read—really read—slowly, not skimming. The anecdotal result, say some advocates of the growing slow reading movement, is reduced stress and a […]

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Movie Monday: Gone Girl

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Forget Gone Girl. For execs over at Fox, their R-rated mystery thriller might’ve been called Here Cash. Gone Girl, starring Ben Affleck as his wife’s possible killer/victim, buzzed its way to an estimated $38 million weekend—a pretty big figure for the normally dowdy month of October. It’s also the biggest opening for a David Fincher-directed […]

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No Moviegoer Left Behind

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It’s been quite the year for Christian movies. We’ve seen the story of a 4-year-old boy who says he went to heaven make $91.4 million (Heaven Is for Real), a class in Apologetics 101 haul in $60.8 million (God’s Not Dead) and a repackaging of a History Channel special collect $59.7 mil (Son of God). […]

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Ginger or Mary Ann?

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Batman or Superman? Coke or Pepsi? Star Wars or Star Trek? Chocolate or Vanilla? Those are some pop-psychological choices that seem to be ever present throughout the ages. But how about, Ginger or Mary Ann? Now there’s a question from my youth that I thought was long forgotten. But it turns out that deep philosophical […]

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Movie Monday: The Equalizer

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Don’t mess with Denzel Washington—especially if he’s armed with a nail gun. The Hollywood A-lister proved that yet again this weekend: The Equalizer took an estimated $35 million slice from moviegoers and hammered down the No. 1 position at the box office. You might say it was a constructive victory, plane and simple. The Equalizer […]

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Regardless of the Scoreboard

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Every day it seems that we hear more and more bad news about the worsening of our culture and the scary indicators for the future. If it’s not another depressing study about teens and drugs, or kids and videogames, it’s a report about teachers or sports heroes—the people kids tend to look up to—doing some […]

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