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Here are today’s dispatches from the crossroads of faith, media and culture. 1. The End of the World. From The Wrap:  In its final edition, the News of the World offered a “sad but proud” farewell to its readers, after 168 years in print. Several of the most prominent stories made the case that the…

Because so many of the faith and media stories covered involved other faiths as well, I asked for the name change.  You can find the old blog with the new name  here. Thanks for following me. Best, JWK Encourage one another and build each other up – 1 Thessalonians 5:11

Osama Bin Laden is dead! Long live America! The masterful execution of the taking out of Osama Bin Laden by American forces under the leadership of the Obama Administration has helped our country recover some of that feeling of unity we had following 9/11. Not that we should thank Osama or anything but the guy…

Hollywood Reporter asks How Will Osama Bin Laden Death Impact Kathryn Bigelow’s ‘Kill Bin Laden’ Movie? Yes, that was my first thought too. Then there’s this: Osama Bin Laden News Pre-Empts Donald Trump’s ‘Celebrity Apprentice.’ That actually was kind of poetic. Seriously though, this is good news for America. Can our troops come home now?…

John Eklund’s Catholic novel. Yesterday, I wrote in this space that people of faith need to stop complaining about the tone and quality of entertainment media (including TV, movies, music and books) and start creating alternatives. Now, I’m informed of one writer who is doing that. John Eklund, author of The Third Testament,  is a…

It’s time to go on offense (without being offensive). This week I’ve been focusing on the losing game Christians have found themselves playing of biting every time somebody attempts to bring attention upon themselves by intentionally insulting our faith and values in an accelerating and relentless bit to manufacture conflict and controversy. The problem is…

Following up on yesterday’s blog about how Lady Gaga and some others in the media manufacture instances of Christian outrage for marketing purposes, commenter Kenneth had a valid point when he wrote about the “outrage industry” (good term) in which people on both sides of any argument profit financially by stirring up anger and fanning…

It’s time to ignore them. This Easter season seems to have brought forth its usual (perhaps a bit more than usual) number of attention seekers hoping to use the holy day to piss off Catholics (and Christians in general) and, thereby, promote themselves into the ranks of so-called edgy artists. But the routine is getting…

When it comes to the presentation of the Christian faith on television, nothing quite compares to Jesus of Nazareth, the 1977 Franco Zeffirelli miniseries that made its U.S. debut on April 3rd of that year as an NBC Easter presentation. Here’s a clip from the the classic film in which Jesus (portrayed by actor Robert…

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John W. Kennedy

John W. Kennedy is the founder and Dir. of Development of The Creative Universe Entertainment™, a media consultation and development company focusing on the creation, development and support of high-quality mainstream entertainment that upholds positive timeless values, including trust in God.

Current projects include "Bryant Park" (an uplifting romantic-comedy) and "Photo Finish" (an award-winning sci-fi TV pilot). He has written over 100 children's novels based on episodes of the Cartoon Network series "Ben 10", "Ben 10: Alien Force", "Ben 10: Ultimate Alien", "Ben 10: Omniverse" and "Generator Rex" among others. He also writes Beliefnet’s "Faith, Media & Culture" blog.

Previously, he has produced successful news and talk programming for CNN, Fox News, Pax TV and SiriusXM.

Specialties: Script Writing, Movie/TV Novelizations & Adaptations, TV Content Creation and Development, Creative Consultation, Producing and Booking News and Talk shows.

He can be reached for writing, producing and consulting services at 516-640-1182.

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