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


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 Read more

TV Review Roundtable: Premiere of Fox's Gotham


The new Fall TV season is upon us. Last night, Gotham premiered on Fox. The high-budget reimagining of a young Jim Gordon investigating the murder of Bruce Wayne's parents in a gritty, corrupt city where future Batman villains are simply getting their starts. Alex, Seth, and Joseph share their reviews Read more

Exclusive Interview with Adam Smith of America's Next Top Model


Adam Smith from this season of America's Next Top Model and I went to high school together at White Station High School in Memphis, TN and so once I found out about him being on ANTM I knew I had to get him to do an interview with us. Read more

Going Beyond Point Spreads in NFL Online Betting


With a wild first two weeks of the NFL regular season behind us, now is the perfect time to start studying trends and game lines and get in on NFL online betting. While many new sports bettors may only be familiar with point spread betting, there are dozens of Read more

The Sacred, the Secular, and Lecrae


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 Read more

Memo to the NFL: Clean it up or Close it down


Two weeks ago before a video emerged of Baltimore Ravens player Ray Rice brutally hitting his wife in a hotel elevator, I gave my students an assignment as a writing prompt. “NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has said if a player is accused of domestic abuse moving forward, the punishment Read more

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Writer’s Block & Prayer

Posted on by Michael Bowman in Faith, Featured | Leave a comment

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For those who enjoy writing, you have more than likely experienced one of the worst things a writer could experience: writer’s block. You know what I am talking about. You want to write, you are excited about it, you grab a pen and paper, then…nothing. The dialogue in your head might go like this: “Come on, what am I going to write about? There’s got to be something I can put into words.”

To switch topics, my prayer life is a lot like “writer’s block” sometimes. I find myself, most of the time, listing off to God a grand stack of “Please God, do this for me’s.” Or maybe I choose not to pray out of insecurity about the fact that I really do not know what to talk to God about… or I have not really heard from God lately… or maybe I do not think God really cares about what I have to say. The list of reasons could go on for awhile. And they often do.

Why do I pray? By this question, I mean that I hit a wall sometimes and have nothing to say. Just like getting my pen and paper together without having any idea of what to write about, I almost prepare myself to speak to the “Lover of my soul” (SONG OF SONGS) and get nowhere. I feel inadequate, or maybe I even question whether or not I am a Christian, because I think that God is expecting me to say the right things.

Jesus prayed. The Son of God, in all of His glory, prayed. During His time on this earth, He would rise earlier than everyone else to pray to His Father (Mark 1:35), and He would spend nights praying to God (Luke 6:12) as well. Jesus, Lord and Savior, saw it necessary and vital to spend time talking to His Father, God, who happens to be our Heavenly Father as well. If it is necessary enough for Jesus, than it must be necessary enough for me.

But I feel inadequate. I really do. I am sinful. I am broken. I have way too much baggage. Yeah, I know that Jesus died for me and washed away my sin and brokenness. It just does not always feel this way. My baggage is so heavy.

I hear and accept the lies that I am not worthy of God’s time.

There is a hope in all of this. The perfect Jesus, whom in all things were created and in whom all things are held together, tells us that we should always pray and not give up (Luke 18:1). Think about that. Amidst our corruption and raggedness, Jesus came, lived among us, was beaten, crucified, died, was buried, rose from the grave defeating death to give us life, and is preparing a city for us upon His coming again.

If this is true, I think I will begin there. I’ll praise Him for what He’s done, and pray for His coming soon. Even if I do not know what to say, or I feel too inadequate, I hope to remember the truth about Jesus.

The Return of Jack Bauer, Don Draper, and Game of Thrones

Posted on by Joseph Williams in Entertainment, Featured, Misc. TV, Television | Leave a comment

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So True Detective‘s sure-to-be Emmy-sweeping first season has come to an end. With the finale of its eight-episode, stand-alone first season of HBO’s latest cultural phenomenon anthology series, one might think now is a time to despair for our TV options. That person could not be more wrong.

As True Detective, which may have turned into the greatest conspiratorial TV phenomenon since Lost, wraps up, the latest and greatest posters and trailers for three of my all-time favorite shows have premiered. Check out more below for the trailers, previews, and premiere dates for Game of Thrones Season 4, Mad Men Season 7, and 24: Live Another Day.

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The Bachelor Finale: Juan Pablo vs America

Posted on by Jeremy Wilson in Entertainment, Featured, Reality Check, Television | 2 Comments

Juan Pablo Finale The Bachelor Finale: Juan Pablo vs America

“I wish the Earth sucked me today…”
-Juan Pablo
(This was said as he broke up with Clare. There was no profound ending to that sentence… that was the entire thought) (P.S.– so do we, Juan Pablo!) Read more

“12 Years” claims Best Picture in the New Normal for Oscar

Posted on by Alex Beene in Awards Addict, Entertainment, Featured | Leave a comment

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“12 Years a Slave” won Best Picture at the 2014 Academy Awards, an honor rightfully bestowed on the film I, and many others, deemed the best one of the year. Steve McQueen’s slavery drama wasn’t the big winner of the night, though.

That was “Gravity.” With seven wins, including Alfonso Cuaron’s Best Director victory, the innovative flick sweeped all of the major non-acting and non-writing categories. And yet, even with all that momentum, WB’s contender failed to get the top prize. Read more

The Wise Guise 2014 Oscar Predictions

Posted on by Alex Beene in Awards Addict, Entertainment, Featured | Leave a comment

oscars 300x213 The Wise Guise 2014 Oscar Predictions

The Oscars are finally here. Are you excited? You should be. For the first time in quite a few years, we seem to have an exciting race on our hands. “Gravity” earned a bunch of guild awards; could it be the first sci-fi film to win Best Picture? Or will the Academy go with the more traditional type of winner in “12 Years a Slave”? Oh, and there’s also “American Hustle” in the background, the early season favorite that could jump in on the fun Sunday evening. Read more

Clayton’s Top 25 Films of 2013

Posted on by Clayton Martin in Featured, Movie Reviews, Movies | Leave a comment

2013 Top Movies Claytons Top 25 Films of 2013

I know, I know. I’m super late to the 2013 movie rankings party. I’d like to think you all will believe it’s because I’m just that thorough. Honestly, I think the truth is that I just have a fear of commitment.

I undoubtedly take these rankings more seriously than anyone in my position should but ranking things, especially movies, is my jam. And I’ll say the same thing I say every year that NO ONE SEEMS TO READ.. .just because something is ranked 23rd doesn’t mean that I didn’t think highly of it. I saw nearly 50 movies in 2013 and I primarily only see movies that are well reviewed or come recommended from people I trust. Last year I saw 70 something way too many movies and did a top 50 post, which I actually had a tough time narrowing down. This year I’ve given up on my dream to rank that high as most people seemed to think that was unnecessary or something…

So, because I’m a man of the people, I present to you my top 25 films of 2013. Read more