Have An Oscar Party – At Your Church?

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Recently, as I’ve been speaking at conferences and events around the world I’ve been urging Christians to stop looking at Hollywood as the enemy, and start looking at Hollywood as a mission field. After all, what if Christians stopped just criticizing, and actually started praying for the most influential industry in the world? Something amazing might happen. But that’s long been the focus of two very effective ministry organizations based in Hollywood: The Hollywood Prayer Network and Mastermedia International. Now, both organizations are asking churches to do something many would never expect:

Welcome To The Christian Attack Culture

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There’s no question that the Internet has brought Christianity many wonderful things. Today we have online education available to virtually everyone, social media that encourages people to support great causes, and online communication tools that allow us to connect from the four corners of the earth. But it’s also created something I believe is tearing at the very fabric of our faith. It’s created

Will Social Media Change The Debate About Assisted Suicide?

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It’s been a month or so since Brittany Maynard, the 29 year old with terminal cancer ended her life via assisted suicide. There have been plenty of debates and discussion about the moral issues surrounding her decision, but few have considered the impact in the world of social media. By announcing her plans online, she opened the issue up to a much younger audience, and in doing so,

It’s Time to Point With the Sword of Truth Instead of Chopping

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One of my favorite quotes is from writer Anne Lamott: “You don’t always have to chop with the sword of truth, you can point with it too.” In the age of the internet, most of us do a lot of chopping and not enough pointing. In the best instances, we’re upset and trying to right a wrong, and in the worst instances, Internet anonymity has created vicious critics and quite a few crazy loons. Either way, I think

The Sweet Spot of Sharing the Christian Message

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We’re seeing a lot of criticism recently of pastors, writers, speakers, filmmakers as well as others about how they share the Christian message with the outside culture. Some are criticized for making it too easy – they lead with the “grace” message, and are hesitant to talk about tough issues like sin, hell, or punishment. On the other side, those who preach a more serious message about tough subjects are labelled as “out of date,” “insensitive” and “hard core.” I know the debate well because over the years, I’ve had friends and clients on both sides of the argument. But here’s the problem: It’s the wrong argument, and here’s why:

Robin Williams Death And Why The World Thinks Christians Are Idiots

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It’s already begun.  Just days after the tragic death of actor and comedian Robin Williams, Christians are coming up with the “answers,” and (surprise) pitching their DVD’s in the process. The most widely promoted so far is Robin Williams: The Sad Truth The Media Won’t Tell You from over at “Good Fight Ministries.” In the article it states:

How to Keep From Becoming A “One Hit Wonder” With Your Career

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Living in Los Angeles, I’m constantly meeting people who had a breakthrough moment sometime in their career. Perhaps they acted in a successful TV series, wrote a screenplay for an acclaimed movie, or published a bestselling book. But after that success, they dropped off the radar, unable to keep the momentum going. Perhaps that’s happened to you. Your

Hollywood, Politics, and Religious Freedom in America

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Every July 4th in America, we wrestle with how “patriotic” our church services and Christian programming should be. There is a massive shift in our thinking about mixing our religious faith and politics today, and recently, a magazine interviewed me on the issue. I thought you might be interested in the conversation: