Culture Clips: The Chris Pratt Talks About God on MTV Edition

Awards shows on MTV have often offered celebrities big stages for bad behavior. (We could start with Miley Cyrus and work backwards from there.) But perhaps the biggest story at this year’s MTV Movie & TV Awards is something Monty Python might have introduced with the disclaimer, “And now for something completely different.” Really different. […]

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Presenting Plugged In’s Family Movie Nights Discussion Guide

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My kids got out of school yesterday. They’re thrilled! Mom and Dad? We’re, um … thrilled? Summer is obviously a fantastic season for families to spend more time together. But sometimes, if we’re honest as parents, we can run low on activity ideas. So we have one for you: Our Summer 2018 Family Movie Nights […]

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Vodcast: Rogues, Religion and Robot Romance in Solo: A Star Wars Story

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I get the chance to talk with Paul Asay and Bob Hoose on the upcoming Star Wars Film: Solo. We dive into the appeal of the “rogue,” the spiritual connections associated with the film and a newly kindled robot romance. It’s all pretty exciting … even when you don’t know immediately know who “Solo” is. […]

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A Real Hope Instead of a Virtual One

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The movie Ready Player One imagines a near-future so bad that everyone living in it regularly escapes into a totally immersive virtual reality experience known as OASIS. Obviously, that word implies relief, parching one’s thirst in a dry land.  But over the course of the film, young hero Wade Watts makes a startling discovery: The […]

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Disney Tripped on A Wrinkle in Time Because it Didn’t Understand the Story

What makes a great story? What makes it worth the telling? I’ve been thinking a lot about those sorts of questions this week in the wake of A Wrinkle in Time, the movie, and where and why it went wrong. Wrinkle’s lack of creative and commercial success may seem, on the surface, a bit mystifying. […]

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Finding God in a Bad Commercial

It’s been said that God works in mysterious ways. Sometimes even through a controversial Ram Truck commercial. We’ve already mentioned that commercial Wednesday, of course. The manufacturer (or, rather, its advertising agency) put together an advertisement pairing video clips of its truck helping folks do good things with the words of a Martin Luther King […]

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Russell Brand’s Unexpected Journey: From Addiction to … Jesus?

Russell Brand

If you had to choose five celebrities whom you thought were least likely to have a spiritual encounter with Jesus, who would be on your list? It’s an interesting thought experiment, isn’t it? One who might have made my list is the British comedian/actor perhaps most famous for being Katy Perry’s ex-husband: Russell Brand. He […]

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Finding Truth at the Golden Globes

Oprah Winfrey at 2018 Golden Globes

The Golden Globes this year offered a lot of what awards shows typically offer: lots of awards, lots of star power, lots of sometimes awkward acceptance speeches. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri escaped the awards show with four Globes. HBO’s miniseries Big Little Lies scampered away with three. But this year, hardly anyone was talking […]

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Vodcast: How The Last Jedi Is a Religious Movie

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Star Wars has long been a cultural powerhouse, but the saga itself is powered by a strange, supernatural element that undergirds its universe: the Force. The Force, in Obi-Wan Kenobi’s words, “surrounds us and penetrates us” and “binds the galaxy together.” It’s been a central tenant of every Star Wars movie, and the very concept […]

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Don’t Bully Yourself: Listen to What God Says

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“I’ll always be alone.” “I’m not enough.” “I’ll never be able to.” And the list continues… Have you ever said something like this? Or maybe thought something like this about yourself? The Bible, in The Message translation, talks about using our “powerful God-tools” to “tear down barriers erected against the truth of God” (2 Corinthians […]

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Culture Clips: An Injured NFL Star and God’s ‘Perfect Plan’

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The Philadelphia Eagles’ Cinderella season may have come to a screeching halt last week. The NFL team’s star quarterback, Carson Wentz, suffered a season-ending ACL tear. But while many fans and commentators grieved what could have been, Wentz himself was tweeting this inspiring message: “I know my God is a powerful one with a perfect […]

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