Tim Tebow, Pop Culture’s Most Eligible Bachelor, Just Got Engaged to a Former Miss Universe

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Engagement picture of Tim Tebow and Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters [Photo Credit: Kelly Braman Photography]

Tim Tebow is nothing if not a lightning rod for pop culture’s attention. From football to baseball to Super Bowl commercials, Tebow’s strong and vocal Christian faith combined with a big smile and “Aww Shucks” Southern charm have won him a lot of fans and controversy—but mostly fans, as evidenced by the overwhelming flood of […]

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“Bandersnatch”: The Possibility—and Peril—of Story

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Stories are never one-way streets. It’s not just what the story’s creator pours into them; we, the consumer, bring elements to the party as well—our experiences, our ideals, our moods. These elements inherently shape a given story we’re reading or viewing or playing. So even while watching the same movie, two people can have two […]

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Pop Culture’s Top 10 Movers and Shakers (2018 Edition)

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See ya, 2018. Wouldn’t want to be ya. Who would? The year was so crazy that even Vincent Van Gogh would have suggested it get a hold of itself. Terrible fires in California. Terrible cold out east. A Tesla Roadster is driving around in space. Certain eels are compulsively swimming into the noses of certain […]

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Why Peter Jackson’s They Shall Not Grow Old is a Doc Worth Seeing

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What a Christmas present. My daughter gifted me the other night with tickets to see the five-year passion project of director Peter Jackson. (The Fathom Event played Dec. 17 in about 500 theaters, and it’ll be in theaters again tomorrow, Dec. 27.) And I just had to type out a quick blog to say … […]

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A Few of My Favorite Things, Part 4

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This time of year we’re offered a lot of “best of” lists: Most important news stories for 2018. Top 10 sports highlights for the year. Best eco-friendly companies for ’18. Even when it’s not an annual compilation, most of us are drawn to these sorts of lists. We love lists. Why, members of the Plugged […]

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Top Television 2018: Paul Asay and Kristin Smith’s Year-End Picks

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Fun fact: About 495 scripted television series were reportedly aired in 2018. If true, that’s a new record—up from the old record of 487 set last year, which in turn was up from the previous record of 455 set the year before. That’s a lot of television. And even for Plugged In’s intrepid television reviewers […]

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Musical Musings 2018: Adam Holz’s Year-End Picks

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Every year, I find a handful of music releases to look forward to. (Imagine Dragons and Mumford & Sons, for instance, were on the list this year, even if I wasn’t able to include those two bands’ most recent, more-positive-than-not releases here.) And then, there are surprises. Sometimes big ones. Last year, for example, I […]

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Can 13 Reasons Why be tragically influential? A Grieving Mom Says Yes, and Why.

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When researching a book I wrote about media discernment, I found scores of studies linking numerous negative human behaviors to entertainment. For instance, researchers believe that kids who see characters smoke onscreen are more likely to light up in real life. Other studies link onscreen sexual activities and actual sexual behaviors. But what about suicides? […]

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Are Disney Princesses Problematic?

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I recently had a chance to sit down with Adam Holz and talk about the comments actresses Kristen Bell and Keira Knightley made about Disney princesses. Those actresses have begun to filter what their children see and hear as it relates to these animated characters and the choices they make. Kristin Bell said that she […]

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Sometimes Free Costs Too Much

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I get a lot of emails that make me scratch my head. I’m guessing you can relate. For instance, I regularly get one from a female gynecologist wanting me to interview her. I also get frequent emails from some “cannabis-something-or-other” business excited about their various products infused with THC. (I’m not sure what the official […]

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What Brought Down Bill Cosby? Social Media.

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Bill Cosby, one-time comedian, actor, Jell-O salesman and “America’s Dad,” is spending another night in prison—his home for the next three to 10 years, according to the sentence passed down by Judge Steven T. O’Neill. “It is time for justice, Mr. Cosby,” O’Neill said. “This has all circled back to you. The time has come.” […]

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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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