One of my favorite books is Cinderella Man: James J. Braddock, Max Baer, and the Greatest Upset in Boxing History. It follows the lives of boxers James J. Braddock and Max Baer leading up to their 1935 heavyweight title bout, which Braddock won in upset fashion. Braddock, a New Jersey native, was one of the best … Continue reading The Death of Nuance: Max Baer, Hollywood, Modern America and the Church
"I can take that Bible and denounce what I'm teaching." - Carlton Pearson, NPR I don't write a lot of movie reviews, at least not anymore. I used to write a ton. But I'm taking it back up because "Come Sunday," a new movie on Netflix, challenged me, my heart and my faith in a … Continue reading The Emotional Turmoil of A Truly-Held Belief: A Review of Netflix’s ‘Come Sunday’
I hate movies where a romantic commitment is violated. For example, The Wedding Planner. It stars Matthew McConaughey and Jennifer Lopez in your typical romcom. It's a perfectly fine romcom except McConaughey's character starts pursuing Lopez's character while he's engaged to someone else. It takes McConaughey's character to get to his wedding day before he confesses … Continue reading Married to a New Master
Author's Note: Discussion of sex that follows may be frank or a little uncomfortable for some. Rated PG-13. I woke up this morning to find on my Facebook feed a video obituary from CNN of the life of Hugh Hefner, the founder of Playboy. He passed away Wednesday at the age of 91. He was, … Continue reading You Can’t Blame Hef for Where America Is Now
As a newspaper reporter, I get to see all sorts of things cross my desk, all sorts of news stories and photos and police reports. One section I'm responsible for putting together is the "Cops" section, which curates the police reports from the local police department and local sheriff's offices. You'll see a wide range … Continue reading Criminals, Suspected or Convicted, Are Humans Made in the Image of God Too.
I watched the first 40 minutes or so of the GOP debate last night and wasn't surprised by anything. By the time you get to the fifth of these things, there's not much new to be had. But as I pondered the debate this morning, I was struck by the fact that I wasn't surprised. … Continue reading The World Is Crying Out for Authenticity. Let’s Give It to Them.
Yesterday, the magazine Complex published an extensive Q&A with pop star Justin Bieber on their website. The Q&A explored Bieber's recent mistakes in the public eye, his relationship with fellow pop star Selena Gomez and his faith. I thought there were some really interesting things he said, and I want to share some of them. On … Continue reading Three Wise Insights from the Justin Bieber Interview. Yeah, I Said ‘Justin Bieber’ and ‘Wise’ in the Same Breath.
People love themselves a good cause. It's part of the human condition, I think, that we like something to rally behind, or at least show once that we rally behind something. Perhaps the most notable outcome of this in recent years is what's called "hashtag activism." Perhaps the first notable instance of this was #Kony2012, … Continue reading #Salvation4Free Is the Ultimate Social Movement
One of the more frustrating moments for me in my life is when I'm confronted with sin in my life. In fact, it's one of the quickest triggers for my anxiety and depression. Pull on that reminder of my weakness, my insufficiency, my sinfulness, and I'm likely to be frustrated, which makes me anxious, which … Continue reading Sin Isn’t Totally Bad.
Twitter can be a wonderful place for news, opinions and the occasional funny meme or cute photo. If you don't follow @CuteEmergency, you're missing out on some incredible things. As I scanned through the Trending Topics, as I'm prone to do often, I saw "Bristol Palin" on the list. Curiosity piqued, I clicked and found … Continue reading Bristol Palin’s Second Out-of-Wedlock Pregnancy Deserves Grace Too. Just Like the 5700th Time I Lusted.