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"Gimme Shelter" strikes a rare artistic balance between edginess and inspiration + A talk with writer/director/producer Ron Krauss

Date: 01/22/2014

Here’s today’s dispatch from the crossroads of faith, media and culture. Powerful Gimme Shelter hits theaters this Friday (1/24) [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MrNdGUFZ6RY[/youtube] Synopsis: Based on the inspiring true events, Gimme Shelter centers on the courageous story of Agnes “Apple” Bailey (Vanessa Hudgens) and her incredible path to motherhood as a pregnant, homeless ...

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The Case of Edward Snowden: Reason versus Rhetoric

Date: 01/19/2014

For a conservative who seeks to conserve the tradition of constitutional liberty bequeathed to Americans by their Founders, the spectacle of self-sworn apostles of liberty in the so-called “conservative” media calling for Edward Snowden’s head on a platter is a painful one to behold. Yet neither is this sight particularly gratifying to those of us who prize sober thinking, for the logic underwri ...

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Can A Movie Change Your Mind About Politics?

Date: 01/19/2014

A provocative new study measured the effects of movies on the viewers' thoughts about political/public policy issues like the environment, abortion, and health care , even the viewers' overall faith in the political system.   Mother Jones explains some of the findings about the influence of particular movies .  This makes sense -- after all, there is a multi-billion dollar industry devoted to th ...

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Is Time Magazine's Person of the Year a communist? "Pope Francis: Our Brother, Our Friend" author Alejandro Bermudez speaks out

Date: 12/19/2013

Here’s today’s dispatch from the crossroads of faith, media and culture. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YPOwb05tJg8[/youtube] Separating truth from media spin. By now you know that  Time Magazine has snubbed me once again and named Pope Francis as it 2013 Person of the Year. In explaining the decision Time Deputy Managing Editor Radhika Jones says “The Pope came onto the scene i ...

Related Topics: Entertainment, Ignatius Press, "Pope Francis: Our Brother, Our Friend" Author Alejandro Bermudez, Time Deputy Managing Editor Radhika Jones, Time Managing Editor Nancy Gibbs, “Estrellita De Belén” (Little Star Of Bethlehem), Evangelii Gaudium, La Stampa

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Inside Llewyn Davis

Date: 12/19/2013

Oscar Isaac gives the best performance of the year as the title character in the most intimate and profound movie yet from the Coen brothers.  The story is set in the New York folk music world of 1961 and the Coens insisted on filming the songs live rather than pre-recording, and one of the wonders of this film is the way that Isaac makes each song more than a musical performance -- each is a ...

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Martin Luther King: Christianity is the Source of Civil Rights and Liberty: Why Fredrick Nietzsche Hated Christianity and Martin Luther Saw it as The Source of Liberty

Date: 11/28/2013

Loss of Life Gives us an Invitation to Engage. The second way Jesus was in a World of Pain was not in Egypt, but in Bethlehem.  There is a blood bath going on this Christmas.    All the children under the age of two will be killed.   And this example of Jesus is an invitation for you and I to draw near to Christ and engage in our broken world. 16 Then Herod, when he saw that he was deceived ...

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family, socialism, and Thanksgiving conversations

Date: 11/23/2013

Thanksgiving is NEXT WEEK! And we'll be having a LOT of family over for the big celebratory feast. As I'm sure many of you will. And if you're like our family, not everyone is ... well, in accord on lots of things. For instance, several of my family disagree on most things currently dividing America: the President, health care reform, education, the environment. Abortion, wage equity, immig ...

Related Topics: Health And Wellness, Britton Gildersleeve, Buddhism, Family, Thanksgiving, Buddhist Blogs, Social Justice, Socialism

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"The Big Bang Theory's" Sheldon Cooper: Politically INCorrect Hero

Date: 11/15/2013

The Big Bang Theory, a sitcom centering on four young male scientists in their late ‘20’s to early 30’s who also happen to be die hard superhero and sci-fi fans, is among the most highly rated of contemporary television shows. One of the characters is “Sheldon Cooper,” portrayed by Jim Parsons. Sheldon is a brilliant astrophysicist who’s as intelligent as he is socially inept. At once cogniti ...

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