All I Want For Christmas is … a New VeggieTales Episode?

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My family’s first encounter with the VeggieTales franchise came waaaaay back in 1996, when my kids were young, Phil Vischer’s veggies were still garden fresh and the technology that brought them to life was still in its infancy, too. “The Toy That Saved Christmas” was the very first episode we ever watched, and  it was […]

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Culture Clips: Little Mermaid Live … Sinks

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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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Culture Clips: We Say ‘You Say’ is Christian Music’s Biggest Hit Ever.

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This past week, Lauren Daigle broke Christian music records as her song, “You Say,” became the longest running No. 1 hit on Billboard’s Hot Christian Songs chart. At 63 weeks in the top spot, it has beaten out Hillsong UNITED’s “Oceans (Where Feet May Fail)” which previously held the top spot, according to The Christian […]

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“You Have to Be Proactive.” An Interview With VeggieTales Creator Phil Vischer

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Thanks to Phil Vischer, kids love their veggies. Not necessarily the vegetables that land on the dinner plate (because, let’s face it, beets are disgusting). But in 1993, he and Mike Nawrocki introduced them to Bob the Tomato, Larry the Cucumber and a bunch of other characters typically found in the produce aisle. Their direct-to-video […]

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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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With MAD Magazine Gone, is the Future of Satire … Christian?

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MAD Magazine, after 67 years of serving as America’s gap-toothed jester-king of satire, is no more. Oh, it’s not completely gone. Its creators say a year-end issue will come out (presumably at year’s end), along with the occasional special collection. But its days as an entertainment/cultural bellweather and influencer is done. Make no mistake, MAD […]

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Vodcast: God in The Handmaid’s Tale

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Hulu’s Emmy award-winning series The Handmaid’s Tale takes place in a dystopian future in Gilead, the former United States, where women are subject to the violent, oppressive rule of men—a system that those same men insist is backed by the authority of a spiteful, vindictive God. This is a show Plugged In has been tracking […]

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Culture Clips: Serving Up Some Curry

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Basketball fans know that the Golden State Warriors—the NBA’s latest and, some say, greatest dynasty—are hanging onto their collective throne by their fingernails. They barely won Game 5 on Monday, pushing the series back to Golden State’s home court. If the Warriors lose, it means we won’t be seeing much of superstar Stephen Curry for, […]

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Culture Clips: Goodbye Hello

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Goodbyes are hard. We’ve had to say a bunch of them lately, from Boyz in the Hood director John Singleton, who died late last month, to 7-foot-3 Peter Mayhew, who played Chewbacca in most of Star Wars films and died last Thursday. Christians mourned the passing of Rachel Held Evans, an influential evangelical author whose […]

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Unplanned Sparks Controversy and Conversation

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It’s often said that all publicity is good publicity. Unplanned seems to be proving that axiom this week. Controversy began to swirl before the film was even released. This dramatization of former Planned Parenthood director Abby Johnson’s decision to leave her clinic received an R rating, prompting many to wonder if the film had been […]

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A Plugged In Conversation With Unplanned’s Ashley Bratcher

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The new movie Unplanned hits theaters this weekend. This riveting, sobering drama tells the true story of Abby Johnson, a Planned Parenthood clinic director in Texas who eventually had a change of heart regarding abortion. In the film, Abby is portrayed by actress Ashley Bratcher. This week, we had a chance talk to Ashley and […]

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