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?

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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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And Now, Something Good (or at Least Interesting) About Justice League

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Listen, I’m not going to tell you that Justice League is a great movie. I’ve written and said too much about it already to claim that. But even flawed movies have something to say, and Justice League tells us something pretty interesting. (Warning: A few minor spoilers lie ahead.) Director Zack Snyder was, perhaps, not […]

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A Conversation With Kevin Sorbo

Once upon on a time way back in the last millennium, actor Kevin Sorbo visited many a living room weekly via his popular action-adventure series Hercules: The Legendary Journeys. These days, though, he’s often in movies that focus on another kind of adventure—a spiritual one. Sorbo’s latest faith-based film, Let There Be Light, lands in […]

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