Category Archives: Media

Lives of the Martyrs: Heroes ISIS Gave Us

I gave a talk last night in Bendena, Kansas, about martyrs of the 21st century, starting with the Coptic Christians of Egypt and working backwards to some of those killed in the 9/11 attacks on America. Here is some of what I shared of the martyrs we learned about Feb. 15 in the ISIS beheading [...]

Russell Wilson and the Qualities of True Leadership

You’ll forgive me for writing again about the Seattle Seahawks — as I did here and here — but that’s my team, and so it’s the one I notice the most. But, I’ll stipulate to the fact that the NFL is full of amazing QBs and leaders, and that Russell Wilson is only one of [...]

50 Shades of ISIS: How Marketing Has Changed Us

Picture this: It’s Valentine’s Day weekend and for the first time the world is seeing a media phenomenon that is about to make big news. In slick footage using the best production values available, violent images flit across the screen. Transfigured by high definition digital images, an old movement gains new popularity. Audiences see in [...]

PBS’ ‘Shakespeare Uncovered’: The Bard’s Out-of-Control Humanity

“Shakespeare Uncovered” is currently airing its second season on PBS. It pairs the Bard’s plays with a host connected to the material, and then examines the work’s history, themes and various incarnations. Cick here for a story at my Patheos blog, Pax Culturati, about “Romeo and Juliet,” featuring a conversation with host Joseph Fiennes (“Shakespeare in Love”). [...]

Okay, Hozier. I’ll Take You to Church

“Take Me to Church” is the song by Hozier that debuted in September 2013 but is getting attention now, notably at the Grammys, where he sang it with Annie Lennox. The problem is Hozier — Andrew Hozier-Byrne is his name in his small Irish town’s phonebook — sings a song that would have labeled him [...]

’50 Shades’ of Schadenfreude

No matter what sort of dreck is foisted upon the world and eagerly gobbled up by apparently intelligent people — in this case, mostly women — there are moments when light bursts through the clouds and glistens on the muck below. One of those moments was the press event for the movie version of the [...]

The President’s “Noble” Lie

Here’s something that should surprise no one: for the sake of political expediency, Barack Obama lied (that really is the word for it) about his opposition to same-sex marriage. The President’s famous “evolution” on the marriage question was really just a coming-out party (so to speak) for beliefs he had held for at least a decade. [...]


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