The DaVinci Code’s Big Question: Protest, Boycott, or Engage?

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Remember the book and movie, The DaVinci Code back in 2006?  The book was a bestseller, and the movie was big box office.  While there had been other films that questioned the validity of what the Bible says about Jesus, it was probably the first to get such huge publicity.  And it wasn’t the last novel, television series, or movie that toyed with historical facts or was offensive to Christianity.  But unless you’re ready to set up a permanent boycott office underneath the Hollywood sign, we need to consider another approach to these types of entertainment and media projects that

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Christian Media: Who’s Doing it Right

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From time to time, I like to highlight examples of people who are creating compelling media from a Christian perspective.  Recently, I met with Karl and Jane Faase from Olive Tree Media in Australia about a new television series they recently produced.  As a big fan of the style of Anthony Bourdain’s program on CNN, I was immediately fascinated with the style of their series “Jesus The Game Changer.”  Here’s the new trailer for the series.  I asked them about the show and here’s what I found out:

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Is Hollywood Anti-Christian?

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I get asked (usually from Christian media) if I believe Hollywood is anti-Christian. I understand the question, because it’s pretty easy to see that Judeo-Christian values aren’t exactly the hot button these days in the movie and television industries. And yet, to make a blanket statement that Hollywood is the enemy is a big mistake. Recently, I discussed the issue with a major Christian media site, and here’s what I told them. I’d love to hear your comments about my answers:

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Don’t Let Your Church End Up Like Playboy Magazine

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The Playboy empire has been crumbling for a number of years, and the latest news is that founder Hugh Hefner wants to sell his iconic mansion in Beverly Hills – but he wants to find an buyer who will let him live there for the rest of his life.  At one time the Playboy empire represented the top of the mountain when it came to the sexual revolution. Celebrities, top athletes, rock stars, and big name executives crowded around the parties that were regularly thrown at the mansion, complete with scantily clad bunnies. But today that empire is

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How The West Really Lost God

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After sitting on my reading list for almost two years, I finally cracked open Mary Eberstadt’s book “How The West Really Lost God,” and I regret not reading it sooner. I don’t normally review books on this blog, but as I read it, I couldn’t help but think that every Christian leader – particularly pastors – in Europe and America needs to read this book. The big question the book was based on is: “How and why has Christianity really come to decline in important parts of the West?”  We would all agree that Christianity is

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It’s Thanksgiving Weekend: Here’s What You Need To Know

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You’re reading this during Thanksgiving weekend because hopefully, you’re taking a little time off. But let’s push that “time off” thing a little more and see how we could use these few days to make a real difference. So here’s what I suggest you do this weekend, with a “Life Lesson” attached that will make an even bigger difference in your career and calling:

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What Happens When Contracts Replace Personal Morality

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Since in today’s secular culture, the concept of “morality” is outdated, it’s interesting to see the incredible effort that’s being put into finding a substitute. Enter the Affirmative Consent Project. In an effort to defeat the supposed “rape culture” on U.S. college campuses, this organization is suggesting couples in love should have a contract. Among other things, they suggest the couple take a selfie to document their decision to hook up – just in case you get into court later. After all, if personal morality doesn’t exist, how else do we protect women?

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Planned Parenthood’s Publicity – er, Pastoral Staff

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Many people were shocked when I shared the discovery of why Planned Parenthood’s atrocities recently revealed in undercover interviews have gotten little (if any) notice in the media. Most didn’t realize just how sophisticated their strategy is for silencing their critics and generating positive PR. But now, World Magazine reports that there’s more. James Bruce writes in World that

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