Monthly Archives: October 2014

Kathy Escobar’s Faith Shift: When Religion Just Isn’t Enough (Book Review)

One of the founding pastors of The Refuge in North Denver and a regular blogger, Kathy Escobar delivers her latest book, Faith Shift, for those who find that church as they know it just isn’t cutting it. Why am I even … Continue reading

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God The Father: Many Ways To Be ‘Born Again’ (Movie Review)

Michael Franzese’s story, growing up in the Columbo crime family and becoming a ‘made man,’ a kingpin for the Costra Nostra in New York City, takes a turn because of the influence of Christianity. Now, his story is told through his … Continue reading

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The Boxtrolls: Fighting The Fear Machine (Movie Review)

Laika, the stop-action animation company behind Coraline and ParaNorman, delivers another not-quite-for-kids film that wows the eyes and challenges our awareness of the world around us. It’s not that it lacks humor (seriously, Eric Idle wrote the theme song for the film), but it’s … Continue reading

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Samuel’s Story: Answering The Call (Sunday’s Sermon Today)

Do you know what you’re called to do? Better yet, do you know what you’re called to be? I recently saw the World War II drama, Fury, with Brad Pitt and Shia LaBoeuf. It focused on one team of soldiers who fought from inside of … Continue reading

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John Connolly’s Wolf In Winter: Evil Feeds (Book Review)

The twelfth Charlie Parker novel that John Connolly has intrigued, scared, and tortured us with since 1999, The Wolf in Winter delivers the powerful, supernatural punch that the other books have, combining elements of Scott Smith’s The Ruins with cultic small-town evil … Continue reading

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Amy Poehler’s Yes Please: A Funny Look At Life (Book Review)

Saturday Night Live and Parks & Rec star Amy Poehler delivers a stunning book debut with her memoir, Yes Please. Given that I’ve occasionally watched the first and never watched the second, I’m not sure why I requested a copy of the book- but … Continue reading

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Marketing & The Church: Let’s Make Money! (A Mustard Seed Musing)

Lately, there seems to be a growing buzz about how the church is out of date and needs to find a way to be more attractive to the next generation (or two). A week or so ago, a church member … Continue reading

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23 Blast: Blinded Teenager Learns To Play, Live Again (Movie Review)

Travis Freeman, a real-life teenager from Corbin, KY., goes blind overnight, throwing his world into darkness and impacting the lives of those in his family, on his football team, and within the community. But this is a bigger-than-Hollywood kind of … Continue reading

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The Judge: What Lies Do We Tell Ourselves (Movie Review)

The Judge makes me want to be a better dad. Like a sequence out of the Old Testament (the feud between Jacob and Esau, the favoritism toward Joseph and its consequences), the screenplay by Nick Schenk (Gran Turino) digs into the … Continue reading

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Samson’s Story: 4th & Long (Sunday’s Sermon Today)

Some stories we read because they inspire us and lift us up; some stories we tell because they warn of what could be if we continue down the path that we’re currently on. Some stories, like Samson’s, are a beautiful … Continue reading

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