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Culture11?

posted by David Kuo

One of the reasons I’ve not blogged much (understatement) for the past several months is that I’ve been rather busy and preoccupied on a business project. The project is a new online magazine and community focusing on American culture – […]

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THIS matters

posted by David Kuo

While we spill pixels about John Edwards, how many write about this?

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Edwards

posted by David Kuo

I’m trying to find anger or bitterness or shock at all that John Edwards did and didn’t do and said he did and said he didn’t do. There is, of course, sadness – sadness for all those people who worked […]

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McCain’s “The One”

posted by David Kuo

John McCain’s band of white advisers had best take a stroll down the lane of African-American oratorical history before they launch their next anti-Obama missive. [This is not to suggest that there is anything racial about McCain’s ad. I’m sure […]

Male insults

posted by David Kuo

Several years ago, while attending an Atlanta Braves baseball game at Turner Field – their home park – my wife kept getting a quizzical look on her face. It only occurred when the Braves were at bat and usually during […]

Hating on The Three Little Pigs

posted by David Kuo

The Three Little Pigs are directly responsible for the degradation of American creativity and general childhood guilt. For the past several weeks the Golden Books version of The Three Little Pigs has made it onto Livvy’s high demand book rotation. […]

Katy Perry – Christian outcast

posted by David Kuo

Note – Most of my blogging now occurs at Culture11.com a new media company. My blog is here. Very interesting little MTV interview with pop sensation Katy Perry – of “I Kissed a Girl” and “Ur So Gay” fame. It […]

The temptation of Miley Cyrus

posted by David Kuo

Note – Most of my blogging now occurs at Culture11.com a new media company. My blog is here. It is hard to read about Miley Cyrus’ recent “issues” – in Vanity Fair, other slightly tart pics – and not fear […]

Ancient history – iPod circa 2001, pt .2

posted by David Kuo

Found this – Steve Jobs introducing the iPod in 2001. Killer quote, “We think the Apple brand is going to be fantastic [in this space].” Yeah, think so?

Ancient history – iPod circa 2001

posted by David Kuo

Stumbled across this video introducing the iPod in 2001… Moby nails iPods success when he says that he had owned three mp3 players and didn’t know how to work any of them but then he picked up an iPod and […]

Just what the world has been waiting for… a Microsoft store

posted by David Kuo

If this had come on 4/1 I could have understood it as an April Fool’s joke. But apparently it is serious. Based on Apple’s unbelievable success with its retail stores, Microsoft is going to be launching a branded store of […]

What redemption looks like

posted by David Kuo

In the fall of 1986 I was a college freshman away on some spiritual retreat. I had chosen God over the New York Mets because there weren’t any TVs around the weekend retreat and my beloved Mets were in the […]

LLCool Dawkins

posted by David Kuo

Great satire… genius satire…Here are some of the lyrics:”You see this battle’s been raging since Zeus was on the Bottlebetween science like Democritus and faith like Aristotlewho said the mover was movin’ like some magic trickbut that’s not good logicmy […]

The world’s best pizza place?

posted by David Kuo

Rumor – and Bon Appetite magazine – have it that DiFara Pizza at 1424 Avenue J in Brooklyn, NY may have the world’s best pizza… …anyone had it?

My race problem

posted by David Kuo

I joke a lot about my race. My father is Chinese. My mother is American. I like to say that I had a unique upbringing – that I was raised on tofu and grits. Or, since I am a blood […]

Douthat on Sex

posted by David Kuo

Ross Douthat is a scary smart human… read his post on sexual morality.

Christian Apples

posted by David Kuo

This fall, Abilene Christian University will be providing all incoming freshmen with either an iPhone or an iPod touch: …freshmen will use the iPhones or iPod touches to receive homework alerts, answer in-class surveys and quizzes, get directions to their […]

Don’t read this post

posted by David Kuo

I’m not sure anyone should read this post. This is FAR from a happy post. It starts inside the gates of a Ugandan hospital. It starts getting out of the car and looking around convinced I must be in the […]

Bono quoting

posted by David Kuo

A friend – a dear, wonderful friend – gave me an autographed copy of Bono: in conversation with Michka Assayas a few years ago. I gave it a very quick read and put it on my list of books that […]

Stranded at the airport? Rule 240

posted by David Kuo

My buddy Spence Smith travels a lot. He works for Compassion International – more on them later – and is known to take one day trips to places like Equador or Fiji or Mali. Ok, not really Fiji. Anyway, he […]

New Michael Jackson

posted by David Kuo

25 years after Thriller, Michael Jackson is rereleasing the album with bonus tracks produced by some of today’s most influential artists including Kanye West, Akon and Will. I. Am.Here is the audio to the remake of “The Girl is Mine” […]

And now… nothing serious

posted by David Kuo

Ok, this is kind of funny

A new addiction

posted by David Kuo

I am completely new to the social networking world. I really only heard the term six months or so ago – an ‘early adopter’ I’m not. To boot, Beliefnet has a new social networking element that is fantastic and I’m […]

Apple v. Mac… sort of…

posted by David Kuo

Apple guy v. Mac guy… from a slightly different perspective

U2 3D – welcome to the revival

posted by David Kuo

U2 has a new film opening. It is a 3D take on them in concert. It was… stupendous. The film can only be seen on IMAX screens so right off the bat it is 60 feet tall. To make it […]

Steve Jobs makes me tingle

posted by David Kuo

He is doing his keynote at MacWorld… I can’t watch it live but am following it at Macrumors.com. Four million iPhones have already sold. They are introducing new software for the iPhone – that includes a GPS-like map locator, the […]

The secret iPhone story

posted by David Kuo

Wired has a big story detailing the iPhone’s creation. It is a good read.

A debate reality check

posted by David Kuo

Ok, debate reality check. While these guys are yipping at each other the NFL playoffs are going on – specifically the Redskins and Seahawks are playing deep into the 4th quarter in a really close and exciting game. I’m wondering […]

Belichick NFL coach of year…next Barry Bonds MLB mascot

posted by David Kuo

If one needed any further proof of the message American sports sends to kids consider this – the man who was fined more than any other coach in NFL history for cheating has been chosen coach of the year by […]

Best political songs?

posted by David Kuo

What are the best political songs?My wife’s favorite is Famine by Sinead O’Connor.U2’s Bad is another strong entry. Then there is this:What think you?

The Great Debaters

posted by David Kuo

See The Great Debaters. While acknowledging I have very simple tastes in film and am easily amused, I also submit that it is a beautiful and moving film. I recall hearing a critic once say that the most popular flims […]

Will the web kill porn?

posted by David Kuo

The LA Times reports that established porn companies are suing the porn versions of YouTube because they are seriously infringing on their business. …in the last year or so, the rapid increase in consumption of all manner of videos on […]

No iThongs

posted by David Kuo

It is a sign of the times. A huge Victoria’s Secret store in Manhattan will be leveled and a new Apple store will take its place. The location at 1981 Broadway on the northwest corner of West 67th Street currently […]

“Loves me for my Willie”

posted by David Kuo

It is what it is:

Courageous Ms. Spears (the younger)

posted by David Kuo

Britney Spears’ sister is pregnant. She’s 16. Britney Spears’ 16-year-old sister, who stars as a schoolgirl in Nickelodeon’s popular TV show “Zoey 101,” is pregnant. The cable channel confirmed a report in the forthcoming edition of celebrity gossip magazine OK! […]

Grateful for every day…

posted by David Kuo

A few months ago, Buffalo Bills tight end Kevin Everett was paralyzed from the neck down in a freak football incident. The doctors were gloomy about his prognosis. Medicine and quick thinking and a bit of faith changed their prognosis. […]

And now Caspian

posted by David Kuo

The new trailer for the next Chronicles of Narnia film:I still think Aslan looks far too 2D but perhaps that is because Lewis paints him in 4D.

Rachel Weisz and poverty

posted by David Kuo

I stumbled across an interesting article on noted actressRachel Weisz. Of note: Once she won the part [in The Constant Gardner] , she was off to Nairobi, Kenya, and its Kibera slum, the largest slum in sub-Saharan Africa, with more […]

PIazza’s revenge?

posted by David Kuo

It may be wishful thinking but maybe the Mitchell Report was Mike Piazza’s revenge. The big news of the report is that Roger Clemens – widely regarded as one of the greatest pitchers in baseball history – was a regular […]

Dogs or Darfur?

posted by David Kuo

Federal prosecutors have gotten disgraced NFL star Michael Vick to set aside $928,000 for the care and placement of the 54 pit bulls rescued from his horrendous dogfighting operation. That is quite a lot of money by every standard – […]

Risk?

posted by David Kuo

Yes, online Risk. If you sign up you can play against other players from around the world. Danger, danger, time suckage approaching…

Ford Madox Brown’s

posted by David Kuo

I stumbled across this painting by Ford Madox Brown over the weekend and am thoroughly captivated by it. I am particularly drawn to the disciples’ faces – it seems that in each of their faces is every emotional response to […]

Random Friday question

posted by David Kuo

I was crawling around the floor with my two-year-old on my back giving her a horsey-back ride when she said, “No Dad, piggy back ride.” Where on earth did that term come from? Has anyone ever seen a pig giving […]

HuckChuckFacts

posted by David Kuo

Leave it to Mike Huckabee to come up with Chuck Norris in his campaign ad. The ad plays off Chuck Norris facts – a ridiculously popular website that lists, among other facts: Guns don’t kill people. Chuck Norris kills People. […]

Michael Vick – the anti-Bonds? the anti-Belichik?

posted by David Kuo

Interesting news: Michael Vick got a head start on a possible long prison stretch Monday, surrendering three weeks before he was to be sentenced for his involvement in a bloody dogfighting ring. The disgraced Atlanta Falcons quarterback surrendered to U.S. […]

5 spiritual things to do during the TV strike

posted by David Kuo

After my time in LA I am more convinced than ever the writers strike is likely to be around for a while. Of course, given some of my past prognostications, it may be over by 2pm. So, here are 5 […]

The new U2

posted by David Kuo

When I was traveling last week Kim called me to say that Livvy has renamed her four favorite animals. Meet the new U2: From left to right they are – Adam, Larry, Edge and Bono. One might argue that I […]

John Wooden’s way

posted by David Kuo

I was talking to a friend this morning about Barry Bonds and cheating and honor. He said that he had befriended John Wooden, the famed “Wizard of Westwood” – winner of 10 NCAA championships in 12 years, winner of 88 […]

Barry Bonds and the New England Patriots and us

posted by David Kuo

Barry Bonds has been indicted “on five felony charges — four for perjury and one for obstruction of justice — for testifying before a federal grand jury in 2003 that he never used anabolic steroids or human growth hormone.” It […]

Why the writers might win the strike

posted by David Kuo

I’ve been out in LA the past few days and people are scared. This afternoon I was walking around a small town north of LA with some friends in the film business. We were talking and strolling and occasionally shopping. […]

International Soccer/Philosophy – with a wink

posted by David Kuo

Here you go… Thanks Pia!

Boy to man

posted by David Kuo

As noted earlier, my guilty Monday morning pleasure is Peter King at CNNSI.com. Today’s is one of the better ones not only because it leads with the Steelers but because it is about their young quarterback, Ben Roethlisberger (and no, […]

Random Friday question

posted by David Kuo

Random Friday question: Truffles. Ever hear how pigs search for and find them? Here’s the question: How is it that the pigs find the truffles? Answer below

Visiting Vegas

posted by David Kuo

In Vegas attending the BlogWorld/GodBlogCon convention. Driving in from the airport the other night felt like being in a peep show. The billboards have gotten, um, rather more bold in their advertising. Lots more flesh, lots more provocative poses of […]

The impossible Rock-n-Roll quiz

posted by David Kuo

Ok, here it is, Rolling Stone’s impossible Rock-n-Roll quiz… Have at it. Thanks to Rinat – who scored a 27. Yours truly got a 14 but that was because I guessed a lot.

The New England Patriots*, Pt. 2

posted by David Kuo

Wow, passionate emails on my post re: the Patriots*. In the last year I’ve posted more than 800 (?!?!) different items but this one got a lot of people plenty ticked off. I’ll summarize the complaints: – I was being […]

The New England Patriots*

posted by David Kuo

As the sports world knows – and the rest of the inhabited world will learn over the coming weeks – the New England Patriots are undefeated and potential unstoppable. They may become the first team in the National Football League […]

The abortion problem

posted by David Kuo

Stories like these are why the abortion fight won’t ever disappear. They may actually show how the power of technology will do what no abortion protestor ever did and what no law could ever do – change hearts and minds […]

Bella… beautiful? betrayal?

posted by David Kuo

There’s a new movie out – Bella – that is raising a fuss in the Christian community. Why? Barbara Nicolosi, blogging at Church of the Masses puts it this way: What is going on is a wildly over the top […]

What will we do?

posted by David Kuo

So if Hollywood writers go on strike, what will the rest of the country do? At first it will only hit late night talk shows but if it goes on long enough… lots of repeats… and then? Reading? Gourmet cooking? […]

Old, tottering man

posted by David Kuo

I am becoming an old, tottering man. I am rarely seen in public without my geritol. Ok, not really. But I think I am getting old. The proof? I shudder to admit this – I bought a book on how […]

Random Friday question

posted by David Kuo

Ok, no cheating on this random friday question – read: no looking it up on Wikipedia. Does anyone really know the difference between the following? – Parkway – Highway – Freeway – Thruway – Route And/or – Lane – Road […]

Waterboarding for muggers?

posted by David Kuo

Got this in an email from Jim Pinkerton this morning – If “waterboarding” is such an effective technique at thwarting evil-doers, as the President and Vice President keep reminding us, then surely it is unconscionable that we are NOT using […]

Cyrano is new again

posted by David Kuo

A wonderful review for Kevin Kline and Jennifer Garner in Broadway’s newest hit – Cyrano de Bergerac…gotta love the language… “a double shot os silvery hokum, sweet but surprisingly potent.” Sometimes a glass of moonshine is just what you need […]

Umbert the Unborn

posted by David Kuo

And now… Umbert the Unborn – “the world’s most lovable unborn baby (next to yours!)”

Love the Internet, just don’t LOVE the Internet?

posted by David Kuo

A new poll from Zogby provides interesting insights into our use of and feelings towards, the Internet. The Zogby/463 Internet Attitudes poll found that 24% of Americans said the Internet could serve as a replacement for a significant other. Not […]

God and sports, pt. 2

posted by David Kuo

Noted columnist EJ Dionne weighs in on sports and politics and faith and Giuliani. It must be noted here that Mr. Dionne is a passionate member of the Red Sox Nation, deliriously happy at a second World Series title in […]

Peanut butter… by jelly

posted by David Kuo

This is funny – a mock wikipedia entry about peanut butter written by jelly. Is there any end to American creativity? My favorite part: By 1904 people everywhere were tainting perfectly delicious Jelly sandwiches by smearing on greasy peanut butter. […]

Watching sports to God’s glory?

posted by David Kuo

Ok, watching sports can be a lot of fun – particularly when the Patriots or Yankees are losing or the Steelers or Mets are winning. But here is someone who is thinking long and hard – too long and too […]

Praying for (and writing to) Britney

posted by David Kuo

A church in Kentucky isn’t preaching to Britney, they are praying for her and writing to her: “Take a few minutes and write a note to Britney Spears,” [Southland Christian Church Pastor Jon] Weese said. “No preaching. No criticizing. Just […]

Honoring the World Series

posted by David Kuo

…see if prayer helps you win…Play Games at AddictingGames

Does Jesus want the Rockies to lose?

posted by David Kuo

The Colorado Rockies – the team losing 0-2 in the World Series – have garnered some attention for their faith-based baseball. My friend Patton Dodd, loyal member of the Red Sox Nation (no matter what he might say) even wrote […]

Awe, pt. 3

posted by David Kuo

Here are more of Paul Potts’ performances:Semi-final:Final:Results:Today Show:

Sounds like something Jesus would say…

posted by David Kuo

Ever hear of “no impact man”? Short, short, short version – he and his family live in NYC and aren’t using electricity or any other modern convenience. He has a blog. Today he had this to say and it was […]

Awe

posted by David Kuo

More than anything anyone has written or said in recent memory, here is proof of God. No accident can explain this wonder or this beauty.

And Dumbledore

posted by David Kuo

And so Albus Dumbledore is gay. As most of our solar system has now heard, Mr. Dumbledore was outed by author J.K. Rowling. No one has heard anything from Mr. Dumbledore. That is probably because he is a fictional character. […]

The Teacher

posted by David Kuo

A beautiful tribute to former Steelers head coach Chuck Noll – winner of four Super Bowls. No, he’s not dead, but the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette is doing a history of the Steelers in their 75th year and the tribute is just […]

U2 Challenge

posted by David Kuo

Can anyone name everyone in this video?Thanks to Amy for suggesting. We were on the same wavelength today because I’ve been sending it around… I think it is the most wonderful video ever.

Top five U2 songs…

posted by David Kuo

I think this is the definitive list… my wife disagrees:5. Zoo Station – Probably just because Livvy and I dance around the house whenever it comes on4. Acrobat – Maybe it is just because it the first song on my […]

Faith-based baseball

posted by David Kuo

Everyone in the sports world is trying to explain the remarkable rise of the Colorado Rockies. The team was won 21 of its last 22 games and is 7-0 in the playoffs. This would be big news no matter which […]

Exploit the Beatles…and U2

posted by David Kuo

A great post on the commercial (literally) exploitation of the Beatles music… what got me is the horrifying thought that one day this could happen to U2’s music… Perhaps my fondness for the Beatles is slipping into dogmatic obsession, but […]

Tyler Perry’s faith-based films

posted by David Kuo

When Tyler Perry’s new movie buried the new George Clooney flick and the new Cate Blanchett and Mark Wahlberg films as well, a lot of people began to ask why. USA Today has a succinct answer: Perry has managed to […]

Colbert, pt. 2

posted by David Kuo

A couple of my favorite Colbert moments.

Stephen Colbert, columnist

posted by David Kuo

Stephen Colbert took over Maureen Dowd’s column in yesterday’s NYT… I’d like to thank Maureen Dowd for permitting/begging me to write her column today. As I type this, she’s watching from an overstuffed divan, petting her prize Abyssinian and sipping […]

The penguin returns

posted by David Kuo

The penguin (and the abominable snowman) are back. As with their original appearance last fall, I want to say again that I do not endorse abominable snowmen smacking penguins and think this is just an artistic metaphor showing something…and is […]

Kurt Warner’s prayers

posted by David Kuo

Former NFL MVP and Arizona Cardinals QB, Kurt Warner tore ligaments in his left (non-throwing) elbow yesterday during a game. Last night he apparently sent out an email to family and friends saying he expected God would miraculously cure him […]

Random Friday question, pt. 2

posted by David Kuo

Here’s the second random Friday question: Whatever happened to plain old soap in hotel rooms? I’m up here in New Haven and I’m staying in a perfectly nice (but in no way fancy) hotel. When I looked for the soap […]

Want to go back to college?

posted by David Kuo

Check out this new offering from YouTube – college courses. Here is a question, if you could take college courses online from your favorite writers or thinkers or profs would you do it? Would you pay for it?

I see naked people

posted by David Kuo

So what is it with us and naked people? People have been sending around photos of “naked” people discovered on Google Earth for the last year. Keep in mind that these figures are, at best, really, really, really tiny figures […]

Halo outreach?

posted by David Kuo

Wondering if this pushes the limits of ‘Christian outreach’? Another massively popular Halo video game is out, which means another controversial opportunity for churches to outreach to youth. Already passed $300 million in sales, Halo 3 is being picked up […]

My Monday morning habit (Sept-Feb)

posted by David Kuo

My guilty pleasure every Monday morning during football season is Peter King’s “Monday Morning QB” on cnnsi.com. King is a terrific, terrific writer and his insights and thoughts about the NFL – and other random topics from time to time […]

A book for Britney

posted by David Kuo

Every cliche about the challenges of parenthood is true. Kids test your patience, your pride, your selfishness, your love, your sleep and everything else. Kids give boundless joy, knee-bending grace, and truly unconditional love. They are life. And as I’ve […]

Chewbacca lives…in a Hoover

posted by David Kuo

Priceless:

Nice words for President Bush

posted by David Kuo

Nice words on President Bush from Bono as he received the Liberty Medal from the National Constitution Center: I want to say that the current President Bush was not only gracious, he was passionate — passionate about doing more for […]

SNL – “Iran So Far”

posted by David Kuo

From Saturday Night Live – a love song for Mahmoud Ahmadinejad… more than speaks for itself:

High cows haikus – vote now

posted by David Kuo

Following up on the “high” cow haiku contest that began with the story about how marijuana inhibits mad cow disease, here are your choices. Winner wins an itunes gift certificate. Either post comment below or email me at: dkuoblog@mac.com 1) […]

Fasting

posted by David Kuo

A year ago I wrote about the need for Christians to take a fast from politics. Tonight I write about my need to take a fast from watching sports. I honestly don’t do it very often – with young kids […]

Hate

posted by David Kuo

Hate: v., hat·ed, hat·ing, hates. v.tr. 1. a) To feel hostility or animosity toward. b) To detest. I hate the New York Mets. I do. I feel hostility towards them. I feel animosity towards them. I detest them. I hate […]

Random Friday question

posted by David Kuo

Are there parallel universes? And if so does it prove or disprove God’s existence? Look here first.

U2 goose-bumps

posted by David Kuo

I found this tonight. Spectacular.

Terrence Howard on the Bible

posted by David Kuo

Check out this interview with noted actor Terrence Howard in New York Magazine – not exactly a hotbed of conservative activism: Do you align yourself with any party? No, I firmly believe in what the Bible set out: that God’s […]

Collins v. Dawkins, God and evolution

posted by David Kuo

In response to some of the discussion about my last post re: genes and morality, I’m posting an interesting section of the debate between Richard Dawkins and Francis Collins Time printed last year. The full article can be found here. […]

The $1,000 football helmet

posted by David Kuo

Found in Time: Coming soon to a worried parent near you: a sales pitch for a $1,000 football helmet that can monitor the precise location and severity of impacts to little Johnny’s head. Leading helmetmaker Riddell plans to begin flooding […]

Anne Rice on Jesus, vampires, writing

posted by David Kuo

On her website, novelist Anne Rice offers a lengthy and fascinating and important defense of her “earlier” (pre-Christian conversion) works within the context of her Christian faith. She writes in part: Let me begin by saying that I see my […]

The man who SING(s), pt. 2

posted by David Kuo

Here is my interview with John Scanlon, the man behind SING. You were a lawyer and a banker and you read a Washington Post article  and a month later you were in Uganda. Huh?   I know, it sounds nuts!  […]

The man who SING(s)

posted by David Kuo

John Scanlon was an attorney and a banker and lived a happy life in DC’s Georgetown community. Then one day he opened his Washington Post and read an article about AIDS in Uganda. It was the sort of article we […]

OJ

posted by David Kuo

Is it fate? Guilt? Repressed guilt? A subconscious desire to be punished? Monumentally bad luck? Someone please find us a psychologist or psychiatrist so we can have a chat about OJ because this whole arrest thing on the heels of […]

Best tribute to Luciano

posted by David Kuo

A little belatedly I’ve stumbled across the best eulogy to the late Luciano Pavoratti. It is, perhaps not surprisingly, from another dramatist named Bono. If the purpose of a eulogy is to capture a person, to celebrate a life, to […]

Good for the NFL*

posted by David Kuo

The NFL has done the right thing regarding the NE Patriots cheating last weekend. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell called the cheating what it was: “This episode represents a calculated and deliberate attempt to avoid longstanding rules designed to encourage fair […]

Our consumption in art

posted by David Kuo

Chris Jordan is a Seattle-based photographer who is using art to give us a glimpse at our consumption. He writes: This new series looks at contemporary American culture through the austere lens of statistics. Each image portrays a specific quantity […]

The New England Patriot cheaters

posted by David Kuo

Let me begin with a disclaimer. I do not like the NE Patriots. Part of it is subjective – they’ve beaten a team I do like very much, the Steelers, with regularity. But part of it is objective – they […]

Ms. Britney

posted by David Kuo

Some months ago, when Ms. Spears was crashing, I wrote a bit about her as a prodigal daughter – about the prayer that she was, perhaps, turning away from the destructive and to the beautiful. Last night she “returned” to […]

Mike Vick meet Darryl Strawberry

posted by David Kuo

In the mid-1980s, Darryl Strawberry was one of baseball’s elite. He won a World Series ring, he was selected to repeated All Star games, he was a rich man. He was a troubled man. There was a divorce, there were […]

Mr. Vick meets Jesus

posted by David Kuo

Michael Vick this morning: “We all make mistakes. I made a mistake for using bad judgement and making bad decisions,” Vick said. “Dogfighting is a terrible thing and I didn’t reject it. … Through this situation I found Jesus and […]

My Michael Vick question

posted by David Kuo

Today Michael Vick will face justice for his abominable actions. Abominable isn’t even the right word. Horrifying isn’t right. Nothing seems good enough to describe what he did. God gave us dominion over creation but that means he gave us […]

An honest woman on porn

posted by David Kuo

Anne Jackson is a writer at Relevant Magazine>. She has written a beautifully honest piece about her addiction to online porn and God’s grace and mercy. I’m still a girl who struggles. I’m still a girl who lives one day […]

The joys of iTunes and AppleTV

posted by David Kuo

So, per my last post, I’m kind of tired. So I’m lying in bed watching a most glorious thing that I downloaded from iTunes – game 6 of the 1986 World Series. The whole game. I was 18 at the […]

Apocalpyto, Iraq, Satan

posted by David Kuo

I have become a huge fan of Greg Boyd, pastor of Woodland Hills Church in St. Paul, MN. Huge. Read his blog, listen to his sermons, this guy is real. Yesterday he wrote about watching Mel Gibson’s Apocalypto. It’s a […]

The church, the memorial service, the gay man

posted by David Kuo

As you probably heard last week, an Arlington, TX church rescinded its offer to hold a memorial service for the brother of one of its employees after the church discovered that…. this is where it gets confusing. The church has […]

Hymn 78, “One Love” by Bob Marley

posted by David Kuo

The Anglican Church in Jamaica has added songs by Bob Marley and Peter Tosh to their hymnals: Church leaders said that Marley’s “One Love,” and Peter Tosh’s “Psalm 27” will be the first reggae tunes to be added to the […]

Imus lawsuits won’t restore dignity

posted by David Kuo

The first lawsuit against Don Imus and no fewer than a half-dozen corporations has been filed. Why? The attorney speaks: “This is a lawsuit in order to restore the good name and reputation of my client, Kia Vaughn,” said her […]

St. Springsteen?

posted by David Kuo

I have many Bruce Springsteen fans who are friends. They speak of him and of his concerts with glory in their voices and wonder in their eyes. I’ve never been blessed by him in those ways even though I have […]

Protestants losing their kids

posted by David Kuo

A jarring report in USA Today: Protestant churches are losing young adults in “sobering” numbers, a survey finds. Seven in 10 Protestants ages 18 to 30 — both evangelical and mainline — who went to church regularly in high school […]

Billy Graham and the Presidents

posted by David Kuo

Tonight on 20/20, Charles Gibson devotes the hour to Billy Graham and his unique relationship with every American president since Harry Truman. Gibson had the opportunity to sit down with Graham and three of his friends – Jimmy Carter, George […]

Finding the next Billy Graham

posted by David Kuo

Many people wonder who will become the next Billy Graham. Mark Batterson, a pastor in Washington, DC, doesn’t answer the question. In highlighting the possibility of new technology to communicate Jesus like never before, he does show where we should […]

Bonfire of the Vanities, pt. 2

posted by David Kuo

Tom Wolfe has written a romp of an article following up on the “masters of the universe” he wrote about in Bonfire of the Vanities 25 years ago. He focuses his eye on hyper-aggressive, hyper-status conscious, hyper-hyper hedge fund managers […]

Sad story of George Steinbrenner

posted by David Kuo

A new article on Yankees’ owner George Steinbrenner – the mythical “Boss” who has lorded over the team for 34 years – offers a sad snapshot into the aging man’s life. ive minutes later, a solitary figure emerges out of […]

Barry hits, Aaron scores

posted by David Kuo

Barry Bonds hit # 756 tonight in San Francisco. He is the home run king. But on this night where he is crowned, it is the man he passed who stands out. Hank Aaron was not at the ballpark and […]

Karl Rove funds the Democrats (indirectly)

posted by David Kuo

Steve Jobs couldn’t be much more loyal to the Democratic Party. A review of his giving finds more than $250,000 going to Democratic candidates. He did give $1,000 to a Republican once… in 1982. Karl Rove couldn’t be much more […]

the new iMacs

posted by David Kuo

Apple is holding an “event” today at 10am PST… a church service of sorts. It won’t be about iPods or iPhones – anything about them will come later this fall. This is about new iMacs. I’m probably Mac’d out – […]

The Bible Biz

posted by David Kuo

I recently bought a new Bible – a TNIV translation that is supposed to be a bit more accurate and a bit more gender accurate. A friend noticed it – still unread – and after teasing me about whether the […]

Unaware citizens

posted by David Kuo

Thanks to Jillian for the link to this article about 50% of Americans thinking we found WMDs in Iraq. The article is a year old but is still a jaw-dropper – a much more powerful example of how little we […]

Making no sense of the bridge collapse

posted by David Kuo

The collapse makes no sense. It simply shouldn’t have happened. People driving home from work should not die because a bridge suddenly buckles. The engineers may well find an explanation, a technical explanation, for what occurred. That explanation will still […]

Tom Wolfe: pornography and birth rates

posted by David Kuo

In an interview earlier this year with Rolling Stone, famed author Tom Wolfe opined on the tragedy of religion’s fall from societal graces. A snippet of the audio interview can be found here. At the end of that audio clip […]

“Please pray for the Red Sox”

posted by David Kuo

This isn’t really the day of anonymous friends saying things. With this one I am just helping someone save face. I get an instant message, “a prayer request” Next line: “trading deadline is today, you know the sox are close […]

iPhone is saving my soul

posted by David Kuo

Three weeks ago I stood in line and got my iPhone at 6:15pm. It was a joyous time. Laughing, clapping, slapping of hands. My friend who was with me – and deeply skeptical of the iPhone – gasped when he […]

Thriller – jail style

posted by David Kuo

Andrew Sullivan finds the most fanciful things…here, well, think 1,000 incarcerated Filipino Michael Jackson dancers…

Beautiful, broken Lindsay

posted by David Kuo

I am haunted by the beauty of Lindsay Lohan’s booking photo. I’m not sure I’ve ever seen a booking photo that is truly art – though, I suppose, each one is art in its own way. Hers is art. It […]

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