Culture Clips: Stars & Spirituality

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What does it take to break an addiction? Singer, actress and former Disney star Demi Lovato recently shared some thoughts on that subject on her Instagram account. Among other factors, she said that her relationship with God played an integral part in the process of breaking bad behavioral chains. Lovato wrote, “So grateful. It’s been […]

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Culture Clips: Do Video Games Undermine Young Men’s Will to Work?

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The unemployment rate for men in their 20s has been rising for about 15 years now. Yet, curiously, a higher percentage say that they’re happier these days. What gives? Could it be that men who aren’t working are busily filling their days with … video games?   University of Chicago economist Erik Hurst looked into […]

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Culture Clips: The Vexing Conundrum of Social Media

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Ah, social media. Can’t live with it, can’t live without it. Seems like there’s a bit of truth in that old, unfunny saying I just co-opted and twisted for my own Culture Clips purposes. Researchers are talking a lot these days about how Instagram, Facebook and the like can negatively impact our lives. But scientists […]

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Culture Clips: Logan & The Shack, Art & Redemption

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Could the bloody, profane, R-rated movie Logan somehow deliver a more redemptive message than The Shack? Relevant contributor Seth Hurd argues that perhaps it does. “From the opening scene, it’s clear that [Logan] is a story about death. Because the badness is so real, the moments of redemption are so clear. If the darkness isn’t […]

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Culture Clips: And the Oscar Goes To … No, Wait!

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Yep, we’re still talking about the Oscar gaffe. And let’s face it: It was a doozy. Thanks to an envelope mix-up, the world thought for about two minutes that the musical La La Land had won the Academy Awards’ Best Picture honors. Not so: The coming-of-age drama Moonlight was the real winner, and some say […]

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Culture Clips: Love Circa 2017

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Well, it’s February 14—Valentine’s Day. And that can only mean one thing: Yup, it’s time to check in with the researchers at Barna to get a statistical snapshot of what romance looks like circa 2017. Barna’s researchers found that the percentage of 25- to 39-year-olds who are single jumped about 10% since 2000. Cohabitation is […]

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Culture Clips: How ‘Bout the Super Bowl (Ads)?

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The New England Patriots are world champions. Again. Do I sound bitter? I don’t mean to. The 111.3 million people who watched the game were treated to a pretty epic come-from-behind victory, after all. But maybe a few of us are just getting a little tired of Tom Brady constantly hoisting the Lombardi Trophy above […]

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Culture Clips: When Church and Football Clash

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Going to church is more important than watching the Super Bowl, right? Not so fast. A new study by LifeWay Research (reported in Christianity Today) found that 41% of protestant pastors whose churches typically have Sunday night activities plan some sort of adjustment to that schedule to accommodate the big game. A small percentage of […]

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Culture Clips: PG-13 Gun Violence Soars

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If you’ve been to a PG-13 action movie lately, you might have thought, Man, it sure seems like there’s a lot of violence for a PG-13 flick. Turns out you were right. A new study by the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania has found that gun violence in PG-13 movies began […]

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Culture Clips: The Family That Eats Together …

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We all know that teens today face plenty of struggles—some of which I’m going to talk about shortly. But let’s start with some good news. Want your kids to say no to substance abuse? Having dinner regularly as a family is one simple, tasty way to build a relational bond that correlates with wiser choices. […]

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Pop Culture’s Top 10 Movers and Shakers (2016 Edition)

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Well, not every year can be a winner. For many of us, 2016 was a time we’d rather forget. Everyone seemed so angry this year. We saw it in the nearly interminable election cycle. We saw it in the constant barrage of protests and counter-protests. Why, the atmosphere was so explosive this year that even […]

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Culture Clips: The Kids Are Just All Right

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We sometimes publish depressing Culture Clips. Granted, the culture has been pretty glum as of late, what with stories about algorithms making us small-minded or the push for a third-gender option or the fact that one in 25 of us, statistically, has been threatened with “revenge porn.” But the world isn’t all candy-coated chicken livers. […]

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Culture Clips: Parents Worried About Kids’ Screen Time (But They Use Screens Just as Much)

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Just call this the “log in your own eye” edition of culture clips. Parents worry a lot about how much time their children and teens spend watching screens. But according to a new report, moms and dads spend an average of nine hours a day with their own screens. “We’re not trying to make parents […]

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Culture Clips: Fixer Upper Couple Trouble

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Chip and Joanna Gaines, stars of the HGTV show Fixer Upper, found themselves at the center of controversy last week for their choice of church. The devout Christian couple attend Antioch Community Church. The church’s pastor, Jimmy Seibert, “takes a hard line against same-sex marriage and promotes converting LGBT people into being straight,” according to […]

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