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Movie Review: Interstellar

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On September 12, 1962, President John Fitzgerald Kennedy gave a speech at Rice University setting the United States of America’s Space Race goals for the 1960s. We choose to go to the moon. We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard, because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that …

Political Passport: Election 2014 Recap & Reflections

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The votes are cast, most of them have been tallied, and the American experiment lives to see another day. To paraphrase one of the only lines that was any good from Aaron Sorkin’s The Newsroom, “Every two years we drive to a fire station and overthrow the government and there isn’t a policeman in the street.” It’s a beautiful thing and so rare in all of human history. Our structure and our system cannot be lauded enough. For all its many …

Political Passport: Jeb Bush & 2016

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We’re less than a week before the 2014 midterm elections, in which the GOP is trying its best to increase its majority in the House of Representatives, gain a majority in the Senate, and continue its strong leadership in state governments in every region of our nation. But the news cycle knows there are bigger stories on the horizon, because in the aftermath of next Tuesday, presidential candidates move from informal speculation to formal declarations and moves towards official candidacies …

Going Back to the Island: The 10th Anniversary of Lost’s Premiere

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Ten years ago this week, Lost premiered on ABC with over 18 million viewers tuning in. It’s not the best show of the past decade.  But it will likely always be my favorite show because there has never been and there will never be anything quite like it in terms of scope, quality, obsession, and community-building. This only seems appropriate for the show that gave us the classic “Live Together, Die Alone” speech. Or John Locke explaining Backgammon to Walt in the …

The Sacred, the Secular, and Lecrae

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It boggles my mind and, yet, it’s the primary example that it can be done with hard work, faithfulness, and, most importantly, the grace of God. It boggles my mind because I first met Lecrae back in the early days of college when he performed a concert at Christ United Methodist in Memphis, TN where I was a youth group intern for the summer. He was also well-known by my friends who worked at Kanakuk Kamps over the summer. We …

Is Ghostbusters the Perfect Comedy? Quite Possibly.

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When my colleagues recently organized a matinee viewing of the remastered re-release of the 1984 classic, Ghostbusters, to kickstart Labor Day weekend, I was all in. I’ve always loved the movie, Ghostbusters, but admitted that I hadn’t seen it from beginning to end in over a decade. Sure, I’d seen clips here and there on late night showings on cable TV, but I did not fully appreciate it as one of the all-time best comedies, a masterpiece which launched a new genre, cemented …

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