Lecrae: ‘The Lord Chastens Whom He Loves’

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Editor’s Note: Rapper Lecrae’s new album, All Things Work Together, drops today (Plugged In will review it soon). With featured mainstream performers such as Ty Dolla $ign, the album appears to be a departure for the Christian rapper, and a bid to increase his reach into the secular music world. But while Lecrae might not […]

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Vodcast: Meet Mully

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How much difference can one person really make? The forthcoming documentary Mully addresses that question with the story of one remarkable man’s life and the transformative influence it has had on the nation of Kenya. Charles Mully certainly didn’t look like a good candidate to impact thousands of lives. Abandoned by his family at the […]

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Seeing Ghosts (and a Hint of Faith) in A Ghost Story: An Interview with David Lowery

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Pete’s Dragon director David Lowery seems obsessed two things: time and loss. And he mulls them both deeply in his quirky new film, A Ghost Story. In the R-rated movie, a recently deceased character known only as C is a ghost—one draped in a sheet like Charlie Brown on Halloween. He spends most of the […]

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Culture Clips: The Most Dangerous TV Show?

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Netflix’s 13 Reasons Why is nearly a month old, but you wouldn’t know it  from the buzz.  The teen drama triggered more than 11 million tweets during its first three weeks of release, making it 2017’s most tweeted-about show.  But while 13 Reasons has been pretty popular with the 18-and-under set, don’t count everyone as […]

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What Do People in the Flyover States Want in a Movie?

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I once heard someone say that the last thing God “saves” in a Christian’s walk is his/her politics. I’m not sure about that. I think it’s his/her entertainment choices. Even within red-blooded, minivan driving, PTO attending, Red Cross supporting, apple pie eating, flag waving America, there’s a big disagreement as to what constitutes a “conservative […]

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A Big Year For Jesus (at the Movies)

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Christians sometimes complain, especially this time of year, that Jesus is being taken out of everything. We bemoan the lack of traditional Nativity scenes on public property. We lament when people wish us “happy holidays” instead of “Merry Christmas.” Last year, Starbucks was lambasted for serving up a plain red cup for the holidays instead […]

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Arrival and Us: Are We All Speaking the Same Language?

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Almost everyone likes Arrival. The $24.1 million worth of people who saw it thought it was just fine. (It gets a “B” from viewers, according to Cinemascore.) Secular critics thought it was fantastic. (It’s got a 93% “freshness” rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and plenty of reviewers are calling it one of the best movies of […]

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Vodcast: The Curious Case of Doctor Strange

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Myth and the Curious Case of Doctor Strange

Doctor Strange is nothing if not an odd, curious duck. Both the character and the movie, to be clear. The “good” doctor himself is a bit of a roguish hero who, while outwardly projecting confidence and bravado, inwardly struggles with a massive identity crisis due to a severely misplaced sense of self-worth. The movie itself, […]

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See “Fixer Upper’s” Chip and Joanna Gaines Tell Their Story on “I Am Second”

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It’s no secret that Chip and Joanna Gaines, the down-to-earth personalities of HGTVs reality TV show Fixer Upper, are committed Christians. But you probably haven’t heard their story like this. In an interview with I Am Second, the couple opens up and tells the moving story of their faith and their marriage. It is a […]

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Vodcast: How Messy, Gritty Religion Invades The Magnificent Seven

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Villains aren’t the only ones who use faith for less-than-shiny purposes. Sometimes the good guys do it, too. Sometimes we use our faith in ugly ways, like when we use it to justify actions that are entirely self-serving. We may catch ourselves using it as an excuse to do what we want to do. We can all […]

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What Does it Mean to Be Christian … and an Actor?

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The Magnificent Seven lands in theaters today, starring Oscar-winning actor Denzel Washington and burgeoning superstar Chris Pratt. Next week, another box-office megastar, Mark Wahlberg, will unveil his latest action flick, Deepwater Horizon. All three actors, incidentally, are Christians. “Put God first in everything you do,” Washington recently told the graduating class of Dillard University, a […]

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