Arts & Leisure

How Christians go to the movies

Barna Group recently released an intriguing study on the 2013 moviegoing habits of Americans in general and Christians in particular. While some of the findings weren’t surprising (we love our sequels), others revealed new details about the way believers interact with Hollywood. According to Barna’s report, on average Americans saw…  [more]

Chelcie Ross on being a Christian in Hollywood

Last week, I had the pleasure of being part of a Christ & Culture event at Christ Church of Oak Brook alongside veteran character actor Chelcie Ross. Ross spoke about his experiences as an open Christian in Hollywood and how his faith has not hampered his steady, 37-year career. “A…  [more]

The cultural bankruptcy of American bull running

In case you missed it, two European-style bull runs took place recently in the United States, open to anyone who wanted to take a chance being trampled by a 1,500-pound animal. The idea is pure foolishness, and not only because it involves risk of physical harm. Tradition has it that…  [more]

Louis C.K.’s ‘forever empty’

Comedian Louis C.K. went on a rant on Conan last week that began with cell phones but spiraled into some harshly honest observations about the way we deal with sadness and loneliness in contemporary society. Video of the interview has been widely shared, but we have it below in case…  [more]

Fantasy football’s seven deadly sins

In embarrassingly equal measures, I’ve been thinking a lot about both temptation and the New England Patriots’ receiving corps. These thoughts were unrelated at first. It all started when my church spent the summer digging into the seven deadly sins, a topic I hadn’t thought about since 1995 when I,…  [more]

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