Plugged In Author: Adam Holz

Culture Clips: Little Mermaid Live … Sinks

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Little Mermaid Live

Sad that you missed The Little Mermaid Live! on ABC last night? Yeah, well, you can save your tears. Even though nine million people tuned in to watch Ariel’s primetime return, many reviews were scathing—in part because only parts of it were actually live, interspersed with animated movie clips. Entertainment Weekly gave the show a […]

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A Plugged In Conversation With Jessie Minassian

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Being a tween or teen has probably never been an easy thing. But the pressures faced by adolescents today—especially girls—are amplified in many ways by technology and social media. Author, speaker and regular Focus on the Family Broadcast guest Jessie Minassian has thought a lot about these issues. Her website, Life, Love and God: Where […]

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Culture Clips: Joker Edition

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The fictional Arthur Fleck, better known as the Joker in his titular movie, would be pleased that his story has already stirred up so much controversy. And that before it has even hit theaters. Director and screenwriter Todd Phillips unleashes his vision of DC Comics signature super-villain in theaters this weekend. But Phillips’ Joker bears […]

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Tech Tuesday: How Do Online Bible Apps Impact the Way Men Read Scripture?

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How do you read the Bible? Once upon a time, there was only one answer to this straightforward question: You picked up a Bible—as in, the printed book—and read it. Simple. In the internet age, however, more and more people are using various online Bible-reading tools for their personal engagement with Scripture. And a new […]

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Culture Clips: Rock’s Inescapable Decline

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“Rock is dead!” That opinion has been bouncing around the culture practically since the rowdy genre was born. The Who actually had an unreleased album titled Rock Is Dead—Long Live Rock all the way back in 1972—just as the genre was really blossoming. I’m not going to suggest that rock is dead. Not literally, at […]

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The Spiritual Lessons in Felicity Huffman’s Confession

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Public figures—be they actors, musicians, politicians or athletes—sometimes make poor choices. And sometimes they have to face the consequences. Over the last seven months, we’ve watched one such moral scandal play out in the media. Actresses Felicity Huffman (Desperate Housewives, Get Shorty) and Lori Laughlin (Fuller House, When Calls the Heart) were among a group […]

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A Plugged In Conversation With Skillet’s John Cooper

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Skillet has spent more than two decades pumping out hard rock delivering a two-part message: Life can be hard, but God is faithful. That theme is evident again on the band’s 10th studio album, Victorious. Recently, Skillet’s high-energy road show rolled through the Rocky Mountains, and my son and I had a chance to go […]

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Skillet Frontman Asks, ‘What in God’s Name Is Happening to Christianity?’

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Sometimes the truth hurts. It hurts because we’re forced to confront something about life or about ourselves that’s uncomfortable, maybe even painful. That doesn’t feel good. Increasingly, though, mainstream culture is veering away from telling hard truths. Especially those that make anyone feel uncomfortable. And for many, emotions have become the path to their subjective, […]

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Spider-Man: Far From Relinquishing No. 1

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Another weekend. Another superhero movie on top. Spider-Man: Far From Home faced little real competition during its second weekend in theaters. Oh sure, there were a couple new R-rated films at the multiplex (which I’ll get to in a minute). But they were never going to challenge Marvel’s red-and-blue icon for box-office supremacy. Result? The […]

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Culture Clips: Apple Deletes iTunes

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Once upon a time, we bought CDs. (And before that, cassettes, vinyl records and, yup, even 8-tracks for a hot minute in the mid-’70s.) But that list illustrates an inescapable reality: Music formats eventually become obsolete. CDs, while not technically extinct, have given way over the last two decades to digital music-streaming platforms such as […]

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