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This Year’s Inspirational Pop Culture Moments (Part 2)

posted by Evan Derrick

by Amy and Nancy Harrington, Pop Culture Passionistas As 2010 comes to an end, we look back and pick our Ten Most Inspirational Pop Culture Moments of the Year. Here’s the second half of our selections. To see numbers six […]

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Remembering Mary Daly, 2010

posted by Donna Freitas

I will never forget reading “Beyond God the Father: Toward a Philosophy of Women’s Liberation,” by the famed, or better said, infamous feminist theologian and thinker Mary Daly back when I was in graduate school. It was one of the […]

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Best Overlooked Holiday Movies For New Year’s Eve

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Sure Christmas is over and you’re burned out from watching sentimental holiday classics like ‘A Christmas Story” or “A Miracle on 34th Street ” one too many times. But if you are still looking for a few DVDs to fill […]

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The Year’s Inspirational Pop Culture Moments (Part 1)

posted by Evan Derrick

by Amy and Nancy Harrington, Pop Culture Passionistas As 2010 comes to an end, we look back and pick our Ten Most Inspirational Pop Culture Moments of the Year. Check back next week to see the final five. 10. Balthazar […]

Hip to be Old, White, Religious, and Male?

posted by Donna Freitas

I read New York Magazine more or less every week. I think of it as hip, snarky, fashionable, funny, political, and a great guide to all-things-now. Rarely do they touch on the topic of religion, though (gee, I wonder why?), […]

The Next Elizabeth Gilbert?

posted by Donna Freitas

I don’t care what you say about Elizabeth Gilbert. I loved “Eat, Pray, Love” and I don’t care who knows it. That’s why, when I read this recent New York Times book review of Claire Dederer’s “Poser” (just out from […]

Nat Geo’s “Living in the Time of Jesus”

posted by Ellen Leventry

Just days from Christmas, National Geographic explores the world that Jesus would have known in “Living in the Time of Jesus.”

Thomas Kinkade is Going To Jail – But Just for 10 Days

posted by Kris Rasmussen

The famous painter is going to jail for a DUI.

What’s Your Calling?

posted by agreyson

No matter what our faith background, we’ve likely all asked ourselves the question, “What’s my calling?” The new documentary series “The Calling” airs on the PBS Emmy® and Peabody Award-winning series, Independent Lens, on two consecutive nights: Monday, December 20 […]

Ethical Shopping?

posted by Donna Freitas

It’s that time of year when we bust out the credit cards and drop all sorts of cash on our friends and loved ones. Or, if you are like me, you shop all year round. Maybe you even shop as […]

This Week’s Inspirational Pop Culture Moments

posted by agreyson

By Amy & Nancy Harrington, Pop Culture Passionistas A “Biggest Loser” pays it forward, a kid honors his dad’s musical legacy and a wrestling star pays tribute to the troops. Here are this week’s most inspirational pop culture moments. The […]

‘The Good Wife’ on Faith

posted by Donna Freitas

Faith has an interesting, rather uncomfortable role on CBS’s hit law drama, ‘The Good Wife.’ Peter’s (the husband) spectacular and spectacularly public fall from grace leads him into a black, Protestant church, and seeking the spiritual direction of its pastor–much […]

Vatican Video: Hilarious

posted by Donna Freitas

When you watch this you’ll be laughing even as you want to cover your eyes with your hands–it’s so funny and so wrong it’s almost painful. Four acrobats (translation: buff young men) have an audience with the pope–they are to […]

A Modern, Digital Look at the Nativity

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Check out htis new look at the Bativity through the use of various social media.

‘Dexter': Season 5 Finale Redux

posted by Donna Freitas

Oh how I love Dexter! More and more and more with every season. How is it that the writers of Dexter managed to make a serial killer not only so unbelievably likable, so much that you root for Dexter no […]

‘The Sing Off’ is Still ‘Committed’

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Committed is a gospel group featured on “The SIng Off’ and they are not to be missed.

This Week’s Inspirational Pop Culture Moments

posted by agreyson

by Amy and Nancy Harrington, Pop Culture PassionistasJack Black and Jason Segel — The Next David Bowie and Bing Crosby?One of our favorite Christmas traditions is watching Bing Crosby and David Bowie’s classic “Peace on Earth/Little Drummer Boy” performance. The […]

‘The Walking Dead’ Debrief: Zombies, Zombies, Zombies!

posted by Donna Freitas

Hear me now: if you did not watch AMC’s new show ‘The Walking Dead’ then you have seriously missed out. Yes there are gory parts–just cover your eyes for those–but the show is so well-written, well-acted, and the special effects […]

My Favorite New Christmas Songs, Part Two

posted by Kris Rasmussen

I have posted on some great new finds on just-released Christmas music already this season, but because I am a Christmas music junkie, I now need to add a few more must-listen-to Christmas songs to that list that have been […]

‘The Sing Off': A Real Life ‘Glee’-ful Inspiration

posted by Kris Rasmussen

The SIng Off is my favorite new series

Steve Martin Speaks Up About ‘Beauty’

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Steve Martin’s latest appearance didn’t wow some fans.

This Week’s Inspirational Pop Culture Moments

posted by agreyson

By Amy & Nancy Harrington, Pop Culture PassionistasA rock star shares his family’s tragic history, a child star gives back and a TV network stands up against discrimination. Here are this week’s most inspirational pop culture moments.Gene Simmons Share His […]

Is Walmart the Next Big Movie Studio?

posted by agreyson

Probably not, but when I caught up Director of Brand Marketing and Executive Producer, Ben Simon, he made their mission crystal clear. He called to promote their latest Family Movie Night film, “A Walk in My Shoes.” A Walk In […]

Fox and Walden Aim Squarely at the Faith Community with “Dawn Treader”

posted by agreyson

A few years ago, it was unthinkable to promote a mainstream movie to the faith crowd. That’s all changed and when you consider the subject matter, there may not be a more perfect crossover film than the latest installment in […]

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National Geographic will be releasing a four-hour epic television movie event this fall  that takes a historical look at what life was really like for the pilgrims, and the hardships they faced in the New World. Saints & Strangers will not ...

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posted 8:52:03am Jul. 29, 2015 | read full post »

Bobbi Kristina Brown Dies at 22
[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_n5A6ZCXuis[/youtube]Bobbi Kristina Brown, the daughter of the late Whitney Houston, died Sunday at the age of 22. On June 24, the family announced that Bobbi Kristina would be moved to a hospice facility ...

posted 9:47:31am Jul. 27, 2015 | read full post »

“The Great” Hope Hits Theaters Today
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=11tsR0kI1ZQ&feature=youtu.be Jake Gyllenhaal stars as Billy “The Great” Hope, a junior middleweight boxing champion in “Southpaw.” Hope had all the riches he could dream of--a solid family and a ...

posted 10:20:53am Jul. 24, 2015 | read full post »

Becky Hammon Makes History Again
Becky Hammon made history again on Monday by becoming the first female coach to win a NBA Summer League Title, as she led the San Antonio Spurs to a championship victory at the NBA Las Vegas Summer League Championship. The Spurs first game ...

posted 8:08:40am Jul. 22, 2015 | read full post »

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