What Does the Bible Say About Entertainment?

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The Plugged In team has spent quite a lot of time lately strategizing what Plugged In will look like in the next five to 10 years. We’ve pounded out our mission and vision statements (again). We’ve bantered about the outreaches we currently have, and how they might be even more effective, now and in the […]

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Lots of Winners at the Emmys, But Families Were the Losers

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Did you watch the Emmys? If so you’re one of a select few. Television’s annual awards gala posted a 7.4 rating—which might not mean much to you, but it’s apparently a 10% drop from the previous year and puts the viewership bar at an all-time low. Like, don’t-try-to-limbo-under-that-sucker low. Some will naturally point to the […]

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Chris Pratt Seems Like a Great Guy. But …

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I really like Chris Pratt. He seems like a fun, funny, down-to-earth guy who, despite being one of this moment’s great action heroes, doesn’t take himself too seriously. Oh, and he’s Christian. And he pulls no punches when it comes to his faith. Take his recent acceptance speech at the Teen Choice Awards. “I love […]

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When Social Media Bullying Turns Uglier

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When I was in elementary school, I was frightened terribly by a boy named Winfred. Winfred was a huge (I thought) fifth-grade bully. Somehow I had crossed him and as a result, he had threatened several times to beat me up. I worked hard to take different routes home from school (hiding a lot along […]

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Vodcast: The Dark Knight, 10 Years Later

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There’s a sign/T-Shirt/bumper sticker going around that goes something like this: “Always be yourself. Unless you can be Batman. Then always be Batman.” We’d quibble with that here at Plugged In, and not just for the fact that even Batman doesn’t always want to be Batman. But we wouldn’t deny (or, at least, I wouldn’t) […]

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Spotify vs R. Kelly

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So Spotify just did a thing. According to their new public hate content and hateful conduct policy, they’ve chosen to take R. Kelly’s music off of their streaming playlists. His music will still be available on Spotify, but will no longer be promoted. After nearly 20 years of allegations that the artist has had sexual […]

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Vodcast: Digging Deep Into Avengers: Infinity War

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So, how ’bout Avengers: Infinity War, huh? Remember that one scene? And then when that other thing happened … wow. Just … wow. Obviously, we can’t get too specific about what actually happened in Infinity War here. Don’t want to spoil anything in print. But you know what? There’s a whole lot to talk about […]

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Avengers: The Spirituality Behind the Superheroes

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This weekend, Avengers: Infinity War will roll into theaters worldwide. It’s kind of a big deal. Infinity War, wherein an array of Marvel superheroes will try to prevent the evil Thanos from collecting super-powerful galactic artifacts known as Infinity Stones, is the culmination (along with next year’s untitled fourth Avengers flick) of a decade-long journey […]

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Vodcast: Our Love/Hate Relationship With Romcoms

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In our newest vodcast, I sit down with Paul Asay and talk about my favorite movie genre: Romantic comedies. Paul isn’t a diehard fan, but he did have some things to say about how these sorts of movies have the ability to influence us as children and adults. So click on the vid below and […]

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Uncool, CinnamonToastKen

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Emma Jenkins has nearly 32,000 followers on her YouTube channel. She, like most folks with a YouTube channel, talks about what she likes. And that, it turns out, includes Jesus. CinnamonToastKen has nearly 3 million followers on his YouTube channel. He, also, talks about what he likes. And that, its turns out, includes making fun […]

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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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What’s in a Word? Plenty.

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Sister Jean

We’re in the throes of the NCAA Basketball Tournament now, aka March Madness. And you don’t have to be a superfan to know who’s been the biggest star of the show right now: Sister Jean. Sister Jean Dolores-Schmidt is the team chaplain/unofficial scout/beloved mascot for the Loyola-Chicago Ramblers, an 11th seed that’s made an improbable […]

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American Idol Goes Back to the Future

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American Idol is back. On a new network (ABC), and sporting three new celebrity judges (Katy Perry, Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan). That’s a quick summary of what’s changed. What hasn’t changed? Well, almost everything else. After a two-year hiatus, ABC’s reloaded version of Idol is almost exactly the same reality singing competition it was […]

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Instagramming Your Vacation

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The other day, as I was shuffling through the papers on my desk and thinking through what I might write about, a colleague of mine (the oldest of the group— born sometime in the early 1900’s) suggested that I write about millennials. So, being a millennial myself, I asked, what could possibly be written about […]

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R.I.P. CDs

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I bought a CD last night. (Rock guitar instrumentalist Joe Satriani’s latest release, if you must know. But I digress already.) I bought it because even though I listen to tons of music digitally (streaming, and in my 15-year-old iTunes library), I just like having a real, physical copy of my music. It’s tactile. Reliable. […]

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