Monthly Archives: February 2014

The Winter People: How Do You Handle Grief? (Book Review)

We have a hard time with death. We all know we’re going to die, from the moment of self-awareness to the moment when we breathe our last breath. In Jennifer McMahon’s latest novel, The Winter People, she takes West Hall, Vermont, … Continue reading

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The Well-Played Life: Play Hard (Book Review)

Leonard Sweet says the Protestant work ethic has made us believe we should always work hard. But he says that we’re actually intended to play hard. Working his way through three stages of life, Sweet calls us to “get in the game,” … Continue reading

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Kyle Idleman’s AHA: Pastor Shows Authenticity (Interview)

I almost forgot to ask him about his new book, Aha: The God Moment That Changes Everything. Kyle Idleman, teaching pastor at Southeast Christian Church (Louisville, Ky.), is just that likable. Before I knew it, he was asking me about the website (HollywoodJesus.com), … Continue reading

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Sunday’s Sermon Today: Who’s Invited? (Luke 14:15-24)

If you were having a party, and you could only invite one person, who would it be? Five people? Fifty people? Obviously, the more people you could invite, the less selective you have to be. The thing about Jesus’ “Parable … Continue reading

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Sunday’s Sermon Today: Find Home (Luke 15:11-32)

Have you ever read a book that changed your life? I know I have. There are a few of them. In His Steps by Charles Sheldon. Not a Fan by Kyle Idleman. Hands Free Mama by Rachel May Shelton. Several years ago, I read Henri Nouwen’s … Continue reading

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The Monuments Men: Does History Matter? (Movie Review)

The latest collaboration between George Clooney and Matt Damon plays out like a mashup of Indiana Jones (or National Treasure) with splashes of Ocean’s Eleven and Saving Private Ryan. Robert M. Edsel’s The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History gets … Continue reading

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Gravity: Where Do You Get Your Strength? (Movie Review)

Castaway in space. That’s how my review was shaping up as I sat through the first two-thirds of the Oscar-nominated Gravity. Sure, Sandra Bullock was pulling off her typical ‘wow’ performance as Dr. Ryan Stone, first-time astronaut and survivor of a catastrophic … Continue reading

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True Detective Eps. 5-6: Descent Into Darkness (TV Review)

The fifth and sixth episodes of HBO’s True Detective are dark. Granted, the whole series is dark, so it’s almost as if showrunner Nic Pizzolatto is redefining what darkness looks like. Sure, we’ve already taken the dark to the level of a … Continue reading

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Sunday’s Sermon Today: Are You Convinced? (Luke 16:19-31)

Imagine the most luxurious house you’ve ever seen. Was it in a movie? Was it watching Cribs or The Lifestyles of the Rich & Famous? It’s the kind of house that screams excess, that has more rooms than you could visit on a weekend … Continue reading

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Sunday’s Sermon Today: Get Found (Luke 15:1-10)

We think we get Jesus. Jesus, who performs miracles of healing. Jesus, who feeds many. Jesus, who teaches. Jesus, who dies one dark Friday and rises again on a Sunday. But our scripture today drops us right into the center of the … Continue reading

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