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Pope Francis: As Clever a Politician as They Come

Date: 04/04/2014

Much to the disappointment of this Catholic, Pope Francis balked on a golden opportunity to convey to the world just how fundamentally, how vehemently, the vision of the Church differs from that of President Obama when the two met a couple of weeks back. Why?  Can it be that Francis is the fellow traveler that the left-wing press has been making him out to be? Resoundingly, Roman Catholic writer ...

Related Topics: Faith And Prayer


teaching research, or, why some folks hate universities

Date: 04/01/2014

courtesy Google For several years, I taught research to college students. At a research university, no less. I taught ag majors, English majors, business majors, music majors, phys ed majors, design majors, art majors, history and econ and chemistry and engineering and anything-you-can-think-of majors. As well as the undeclared. I loved it. courtesy Google Research is at the heart o ...

Related Topics: Health And Wellness, Britton Gildersleeve, Buddhism, Teaching, Buddhist Blogs, Education


Go see "Son of God" -- no matter what The Wrap's atheist critic snarks

Date: 02/27/2014

Here’s today’s dispatch from the crossroads of faith, media and culture. Jumping the snark. For the second time in a matter of weeks I find myself taking issue with a critic from The Wrap (a site I otherwise enjoy and have even written for ). I objected when Alonso Duralde made the compassionately honest Gimme Shelte r out to be some sort of judgmental screed against anyone who supporte ...

Related Topics: Entertainment, The Wrap, Mark Burnett And Roma Downey, Alonso Duralde, Anti-Defamation League Director Abraham Foxman


Harold Ramis' balanced raunch with heart + Russell Crowe wants Pope Francis to see "Noah"

Date: 02/25/2014

Here’s today’s dispatch from the crossroads of faith, media and culture. A Legacy of Laughs. As you no doubt have read by now Harold Ramis is dead. The prolific and talented writer-director-actor's filmography includes such iconic comedies as Animal House (1978), Meatballs (1979), Caddyshack (1980), Stripes (1981), National Lampoon's Vacation (1983), Ghostbusters (1984) Groundhog D ...

Related Topics: Entertainment, The Wrap, Russell Crowe, Pope Francis, Harold Ramis, Nimal House (1978), Meatballs (1979), Caddyshack (1980), Stripes (1981), National Lampoon's Vacation (1983), Ghostbusters (1984) Groundhog Day (1993), Analyze This (1990), Big Hollywood's John Nolte, Judd Apatow, 2007 Comedy Knocked Up, Seth Rogan And Katherine Heigl, Joanna Kerns, Russell Crowe's Noah Movie, Pope Emeritus Benedict


Valentine's Day and Islam - the virtues of mohabbat (love)

Date: 02/14/2014

Happy Valentine's Day! I am biased towards appreciating Valentine's Day not just for it's Gujarati origins but also because it's my birthday. However, not all Muslims share my appreciation. Here's a typical example : In its official Friday sermon text distributed to mosques in the Muslim-majority country, the Malaysian Islamic Development Department blamed Valentine's Day for everything ...

Related Topics: Faith And Prayer, Islam, Mohabbat


30 Days of Love: faith and social justice

Date: 02/09/2014

Today's 30 Days of Love prompt is to look at the social justice programs of another faith. Initially I thought I'd write about engaged Buddhism again, as many Americans are unfamiliar with it. But when I went to look for social justice images to use in today's post, I found this one, courtesy of U. S. Catholic . It comes from an article I must have been meant to see, as it's a topic I oft ...

Related Topics: Health And Wellness, Unitarian, Britton Gildersleeve, Engaged Buddhism, Buddhist Blogs, Social Justice, Buddhism And Christianity, 30 Days Of Love, Kristen Hannum


"Gimme Shelter", "Alone Yet Not Alone" face stiff industry/media hurdles + A talk with Kathy DiFiore whose real-life work inspired "Gimme Shelter"

Date: 02/02/2014

Here’s today’s dispatch from the crossroads of faith, media and culture. [youtube][/youtube] Support Gimme Shelter .  Between the Motion Picture Academy's rescinding of its Best Song nomination for the Christian-themed Alone Yet Not Alone and some over-the top-negative reviews in the secular media of the gritty and powerful Gimme Shelter ( now i ...

Related Topics: Entertainment, The Wrap, The Commish, The Passion Of The Christ, Mother Teresa, James Earl Jones, Vanessa Hudgens, Rosario Dawson, Kathy Difiore, "Alone Yet Not Alone Alone", Motion Picture Academy, Brandan Fraser, Stephanie Szostak, Alonso Duralde, Super Bowl Breakfast, New York Giants Legend/Humanitarian George Martin, Eric Metaxas, Athletes In Action, Bart Starr Award, Aaron Rogers Of The Green Bay Packers, When The Game Stands Tall, Jim Caviezel (Person Of Interest, Bob Ladouceur, De La Salle High Spartans, Michael Chiklis (The Shield, Laura Dern (Enlightened, Severalsources.Net, Lifecall.Org


Gimme Shelter

Date: 01/23/2014

Vanessa Hudgens gives a touching and sensitive performance in this fact-based story of a pregnant, homeless teenager. Both Hudgens and writer/director Ron Krauss moved into a shelter so that they could do justice to the stories of these young women.  That dedication and integrity lifts this above the Afterschool Special formula for an affecting drama that shows us the resilience and courage of ...

Related Topics: Blog 97, Entertainment, Movie Review, Trailer, Quotes, Brendan Fraser, Rosario Dawson, Vanessa Hudgens, James Earl Jones, Gimme Shelter

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