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38 great new TV series (with positive themes) that you won't be watching this fall

Date: 06/06/2014

Here’s today’s dispatch from the crossroads of faith, media and culture. Let there be light! The broadcast and cable networks recently wrapped up their annual upfront presentations in which they locked in and promoted their series selections for the 2014-2015 TV season. It's amazing to me that -- with the exception of networks like Hallmark Channel and UP -- how much dark dramas and so-called e ...

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Mental Health Break—One Saint's Admonitions for Living in Present

Date: 05/22/2014

Saint Thérèse of Lisieux (1873-1897), also known as "the Little Flower of Jesus," was a French Carmelite nun who had wisdom beyond her years.  I stumbled across her reflections on living in the present in a little devotional I've been using lately, A Guide to Prayer for All God's People : If I did not simply live from one moment to the next, it would be impossible for me to keep my patience. ...

Related Topics: Faith And Prayer, Christian Spirituality, Catholic Church, St. Therese Of Lisieu

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What You Are Saying—On Piper's "Masculine Christianity" and Evangelicals

Date: 05/19/2014

One of the reasons I keep showing up at this intersection between life and God is you, your comments, your questions, and even in some cases, your downright infuriating remarks (which also keep me writing). The other day Jan thanked me for my post on John Piper's call for a "masculine Christianity. "  That post sparked some thoughts from Jan on the subject at her own wonderful blog here .  Jan ...

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65th Annual Christopher Awards honoring positive media to be held tonight + "Moms' Night Out" connects with its audience

Date: 05/15/2014

Here’s today’s dispatch from the crossroads of faith, media and culture. "It's better to light one candle than to curse the darkness." That's the motto of The Christophers , a Catholic organization founded in 1945 by a Maryknoll priest named Fr. James Keller. Keller believed that the power to positively shape the future lies within individual and that, in fact, God has given each individual a ...

Related Topics: Entertainment, Jeff Rice, 65Th Annual Christopher Awards, 42 Warner Bros. Pictures, Director: Brian Helgeland/ Screenwriter: Brian Helgeland/Producer: Thomas Tull/Co-Producers: Eric N. Heffron, Darryl Pryor, Jillian Zaks/Executive Producers: Jason Clark, Dick Cook, Jon Jashni, Frozen Walt Disney Pictures/Directors: Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee/Screenwriters: Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee, Shane Morris/Songwriters: Robert Lopez, Kristen Anderson-Lopez/Producer: Peter Del Vecho/Executive Producer: John Lasseter, Gimme Shelter (Day 28 Films/Roadside Attractions)/Director: Ronald Krauss/Screenwriter: Ronald Krauss/Producers: Ronald Krauss, Kathy Difiore/Co-Producers: Joshua Amir, Dylan Russell/Executive Producers: Paul Hellerman, Scott Steindorff, Gravity Warner Bros. Pictures/Director: Alfonso Cuarón/Screenwriters: Alfonso Cuarón, Jonás Cuarón/Producers: Alfonso Cuarón, David Heyman/Executive Producers: Chris Defaria, Stephen Jones, Nikki Penny, ABC News 20/20: Unbreakableabc News 20/20: Unbreakable, ABC News/Writer/Anchor: Diane Sawyer/Producer: Joseph Diaz, Habibullah Khan/Senior Producers: Muriel Pearson, Teri Whitcraft/Senior Executive Producer: David Sloan/Executive Producers: Eric Avram, Jessica Velmans, Bulloch Family Ranch: Episode 1 UP TV/Director/Series Producer: Todd C. Stevens/Producer/Creator: Ian Wisniewski/Supervising Producer: Vallery Hyduk/Executive Producers: Les Tomlin, Danny Passman, Jerzy Popieluszko: Messenger Of The Truth (WTTW National Productions/PBS)/Director: Tony Haines/Writer: Paul G. Hensler/Producer: Paul G. Hensler/Co-Producers: Devlin Mann, Clark Fivek, Britt Mctammany/Executive Producers: Gary Chartrand, Nancy Chartrand, Life According To Sam HBO/Directors: Sean Fine, Andrea Nix Fine/Producers: Sean Fine, Andrea Nix Fine, Miriam Weintraub/Senior Producer: Nancy Abraham/Executive Producer: Sheila Nevins, POV: Brooklyn Castle PBS\Director: Katie Dellamaggiore/Producers: Katie Dellamaggiore, Nelson Dellamaggiore, Brian Schulz/Executive Producers: Geoff Gibson, Robert Mclellan, Judith Helfand, Wendy Ettinger, Julie Parker Benello/Coordinating Producer (POV): Andrew Catauro/Co-Executive Producer (POV): Cynthia Lopez VP, Programming &Amp; Production (POV): Chris White/Executive Producer (POV): Simon Kilmurry, American Story: A Lifetime Search For Ordinary People Doing Extraordinary Things By Bob Dotson (Viking Press/Penguin Group), Love And Salt: A Spiritual Friendship Shared In Letters By Amy Andrews And Jessica Mesman Griffith (Loyola Press), Soldier, And Korean War Hero By Roy Wenzl And Travis Heying (Ignatius Press), On These Courts: A Miracle Season That Changed A City, A Once-Future Star, And A Team Forever By Wayne B. Drash (Touchstone Books/Simon And Schuster), Walk In Their Shoes: Can One Person Change The World? By Jim Ziolkowski With James S. Hirsch (Simon And Schuster), Maya Was Grumpy Written And Illustrated By Courtney Pippin-Mathur (Flashlight Press), Flora &Amp; Ulysses By Kate Dicamillo, Illustrated By K.G. Campbell (Candlewick Press), The Boy On The Wooden Box By Leon Leyson With Marilyn J. Harran And Elisabeth B. Leyson (Atheneum Books For Young Readers/Simon And Schuster Children’S Publishing), Siriusxm's Catholic Channe, Christopher Closeup, Relevant Radio

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2 Davids = 1 "Ragamuffin": How a special friendship led to a biopic about the late Christian songwriter Rich Mullins

Date: 05/13/2014

Here’s today’s dispatch from the crossroads of faith, media and culture. The s tory behind Ragamuffin . This gem of a movie (from The Color Green Films), based on the life and legacy of best-selling Christian music singer/songwriter Rich Mullins ( Awesome God )who tragically died in a 1997 car crash, was recently released on DVD and is available exclusively at Walmart. A nationwi ...

Related Topics: Entertainment, Walmart, Michael Madsen, Ragamuffin, Capitol Christian Distribution, David Mullins, David Leo Schultz, Rich Mullins (Awesome God), Kid Brothers Of St. Frank, Not Another Not Another Movie With Chevy Chase And Burt Reynolds, David And Lisa Sprinkle, Hope In Transit, Updog Studios

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The Wrong Gospel and How It’s Chasing People out of Church

Date: 05/09/2014

An increasing number of people are opting to walk a different, truly narrow path, as they search for the truth. Cadence, original oil painting by Steve Henderson; licensed open edition print at Great Big Canvas, iCanvasART, and amazon.com. I know a lot -- a LOT -- of people who were raised in a church, no longer attend, and want nothing to do with God. Baptist, Catholic, Pentecostal, Metho ...

Related Topics: Faith And Prayer, Christian, God, Rules, Jesus, Church, Bible, Tracts, Cubicle, Love, Spiritual, Hell, Commonsense, Facebook, Gospel, Salvation, Experience, Catholic, Protestant, Wrong, Baptist, Pentecostal, Methodist, Guilt, Near Death, Establishment

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The Vatican Diaries: A Review

Date: 04/11/2014

Sex. Money. Power. Corruption. Controversy. Scandal. Since the 1980's Catholic News Service reporter John Thavis has been covering all of it and more—not from a post in Las Vegas or the nation's Capitol but from (of all places) the Vatican. Which may explain why Thavis prefaces his New York Times bestseller The Vatican Diaries (Penguin) with this epigram from St. Augustine: "This is the ...

Related Topics: Faith And Prayer, Pope Benedict, Catholic Church, Pope Francis, John Thavis, The Vatican Diaries, Church Sex Abuse Scandal, Vatileaks

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