Culture

Faded Glory

How the networks trivialize patriotism   The word “patriotism” conjures images of Old Glory, the Liberty Bell, soldiers landing on the beaches at Normandy and the Founding Fathers – at least in the hearts of most Americans. But on the broadcast networks, “patriotism” has become little more than a marketing term. ABC, CBS and NBC […]

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The superpower of Spider-Saints

First appearing in the early 1960’s in the Marvel Comics, Spider-Man is one of the most popular fictional superheroes of all time. His unique skill of shooting spider webs gave him the ability to attach himself to buildings and structures. This enabled him to move great distances at tremendous speeds, clinging from wall to wall […]

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Miami Music Life offers lessons for $1

At a Starbucks halfway from each of our respective homes, A-list Nashville Producer Richard Aspinwall and I share what God’s doing in our lives and in South Florida through the Miami Music Life, an organization Aspinwall founded 13 years ago. As we sip coffee and enjoy the background music selections, including Miles Davis’ unmistakable “So […]

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Short films recreate biblical parables for the ‘screen generation’

Compass Cinema’s Thomas Purifoy understands that stories have the power to change lives – especially the stories Jesus told. His production company recently released a completely new film-based Bible study called Modern Parables. “Almost everyone likes movies,” Purifoy says. “So we tried to create a universal Bible study that people will enjoy watching and can […]

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Focus Despite the world’s distractions

  This summer, my three sons joined the Coral Springs summer recreational swim team. My two older sons swam on the team last year as well, but it was the first year for my youngest son. At first they hated it. “Why do we have to do this?” they asked. “It’s too hard,” they added. […]

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What Fad Would Jesus Follow?

Looking for a way to help members of her youth group use moral discernment when making life choices, a Lutheran youth minister in Holland, Mich., re-read a copy of Charles Sheldon’s “In His Steps,” a classic story from the 1890s in which the central character defines right and wrong with the question, “What would Jesus […]

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The Scandal of Christmas

It’s the most wonderful time of the year …                 There’s a happy feeling nothing in the world can buy …                 From now on, our troubles will be out of sight …‘Tis the season to be jolly … Whether you’re […]

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Worship the result of reckless grace

Linford Detweiler and his wife Karin Berquist have 20 years of music and 12 albums under their belt, along with a fiercely devoted fan base. Their band, Over the Rhine, has played in all sorts of venues from church services to sharing the stage with Bob Dylan. They now live on a farm outside of […]

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Taking Notice

In these uncertain times, there’s no better time to talk about hope, and Andy Andrews’ latest book, “The Noticer” is based on just that. Although Andrews has seen great success as a bestselling author and sought after speaker, he knows better than most what it’s like to hit rock bottom. Andrews lost both of his […]

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