Vodcast: The Little Prince and the Beautiful Mess of Story

Stories are so misunderstood. As much as we all enjoy them, we often fail to recognize—or just flat out misunderstand—their importance and power, both for ill and for good. Which is why it’s nice when a story comes along that reminds us of the beauty that a good story can unveil and the ways they can […]

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Vodcast: What Parents Need to Know About Pokemon GO

A Clinton is running for president and people all across the United States are going bananas over Pokemon. You’d be forgiven if you wondered for a moment whether or not you had accidentally traveled back in time to the 1990s. Even if you’re not already trying to catch ‘em all yourself, you’ve likely heard something […]

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Vodcast: The Dark Side of Angry Birds

Angry Birds has a deep, dark secret. Their insidious secret? They don’t really care about the eggs. They’re after something much, much more precious. Something each of us can only dream of acquiring more of. Something men and women have chased for thousands of years. And they aren’t working alone. They have cohorts. We’re all surrounded. […]

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Vodcast: What Does the Bible Have to Say About Captain America: Civil War?

Captain America: Civil War is rolling in much more than cash these days. It’s also rolling in controversy. Not because of any external conflict, but because of the central conflict within the film itself. You see, people just can’t decide—even after seeing the flick—whether they should be Team Cap or Team Iron Man. As much as […]

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Vodcast: How Porn and Pop Culture Intertwine

Here’s a surprisingly controversial statement for you: pornography is a problem. There it is. We said it. We mean it. Not only has pornography been linked to what many are beginning to call a public health crisis, it is—in and of itself—a problem. And a big one at that. Pornography and the use of it […]

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Vodcast: Miracles from Heaven and the Sticky Business of Message Movies

Some movies seem more interested in pushing a point than telling a story. You know the ones I’m talking about! Some of you hate them (with plenty of online comments proving it), but other people do enjoy “message” movies, and sometimes passionately so. So what is it about these films that get us riled up and push us […]

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Plugged In Vodcast: Risen, The Young Messiah and Exploring Jesus Beyond the Flannelgraph

What would Jesus do with his free time? The Young Messiah doesn’t ask that question, in particular, but it does explore what Jesus might’ve been like as a child outside of the stories told in the canonized Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. It’s made no less controversial by the fact that it’s based on a […]

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Vodcast Roundtable: Discussing Eight Oscar Nominees in Eight Minutes

Eight Oscars in Eight Minutes | Plugged In 2016 Academy Awards Roundtable

Oscars weekend is upon us. Are you ready for the 88th Academy Awards? Do you even care? We here at Plugged In don’t tend to put much stock into what the Academy likes or dislikes. Our criteria for what makes a film great differs pretty significantly, after all. But, in spite of all the debate […]

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Unrolling the Red Carpet for the PIMA Awards

What were the best movies of 2015? That’s the question we have been asking through our Plugged In Movie Award nominees as we’ve highlighted the cream of the crop in our four categories: Best Movie for Kids, Best Movie for Teens, Best Movie for Adults, and Best Christian Movie. (Sorry, hamsters, still no “Best of” category […]

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Vodcast, Episode II: How Young is Too Young for Star Wars?

How Young Is Too Young for Star Wars? - The Force Awakens

If you haven’t noticed, Star Wars: The Force Awakens is all set to, ahem, awaken the box office. In fact, thanks to Paul, you can already read our (spoiler free!) review here. The resurgence of Star Wars fever in culture thanks to this latest installment in the franchise brings up a lot of great questions. Great […]

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Diving Into the Theology of Star Wars

Diving into the Theology of Star Wars

If you’re like me, you enjoy a good, healthy, and robust discussion of theology every now and again. Especially when said conversation means you get to break down what is, arguably, this generation’s most popular cultural myth: Star Wars. As the release of Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens looms large on the horizon, […]

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