Straight Outta Compton, Movie

Not all rap music is full of explicit language, violence and degrading depictions of women, but much of today’s rap music is. The new movie Straight Outta Compton is a biopic about the group of five rappers known as N.W.A. who had a huge influence in popularizing rap music that is filled with hate, violence, sex, and explicit language, otherwise known as Gangsta Rap. According to this review at pluggedin.com, the movie attempts to justify the art of N.W.A. by sympathetically telling the story of their lives leading up to the release of their groundbreaking album Straight Outta Compton back in … Continue reading Straight Outta Compton, Movie

Controversial Emmy Nominations

I award the Emmy Awards a big SPLAT for honoring television’s most controversial shows with the most Emmy 2015 nominations. HBO’s Game of Thrones (heavy nudity, violence, and very bad depiction of women) received 24 nominations. FX’s American Horror Story (violence and gore) was next with 19. Amazon’s Transparent (about a transgender father) received 11. AMC’s Mad Men (sexuality, foul language, drugs and alcohol) also received 11. And, Inside Amy Schumer (R-Rated humor) received 7 nominations. Game of Thrones has even come under heavy criticism lately for recent episodes that bring their treatment of women to new lows. One episode contains a brutal rape of a … Continue reading Controversial Emmy Nominations

The Praying Marine and His Bride

The marine below and his bride are true heroes in my book. The picture of the two of them praying (at the end of this post) is going viral across the internet as I write this. The story below explains the story behind the photo. It brought tears to my eyes. This is not the usual selfies and attention grabbing stunts that crowd the social media sites. This is real people doing what really matters. As reported on ABCNEWS.COM  ….. A photo of a young Marine praying with his bride-to-be quickly went viral after it was posted on Facebook by the wedding photographer. U.S. Marine … Continue reading The Praying Marine and His Bride

Garth Brooks puts Family First

I am not a fan of Country Music, nor have I ever had any interest in Garth Brooks … until now. I do know that Mr. Brooks is one of the biggest Country Music legends of all time, and when I hear of such a humble, God-centered attitude coming from someone of his public stature, I think we should all take notice. I give Garth Brooks a big STAR for avoiding the trappings of stardom and choosing to live an unselfish life that will surely have a positive impact on his three daughters as they begin their own lives. Please read the article … Continue reading Garth Brooks puts Family First

The Resurrection

Do we have any solid evidence that the resurrection of Jesus Christ really happened as it was recorded in the Bible? I believe the evidence shows overwhelmingly that it did. Here is a great article on the subject. Something to ponder on this day of remembrance of the most important event in human history. Five Strands of Evidence for Jesus Christ’s Resurrection April 3rd, 2012 By Kenneth R. Samples Excerpted from “If Christ Has Not Been Raised: Reasoning through the Resurrection” Jesus Christ’s bodily resurrection from the dead three days after His execution pumps the heart of the Christian gospel (doctrine) … Continue reading The Resurrection

Dads are the Stars of The Dove Super Bowl Ad

In an age where the role of fathers is mocked and belittled in our entertainment and media, it’s refreshing to see this inspiring TV ad produced by Dove. It will be airing this weekend during the Super Bowl. I’m a Dad of 4 wonderful kids. This 1 minute collection of Dad moments chokes me up every time I watch it. That’s because it captures what it’s really like to be a Dad. Our importance in the life of a child is huge. Good job Dove. Continue reading Dads are the Stars of The Dove Super Bowl Ad

Top Movies for 2014 – Shows What America Wants

Once again, family movies have proven to be the top draw at the box office. Below is the list of top grossing movies in the U.S., from 2014, according to BoxOfficeMojo.com 1. Guardians of the Galaxy (PG-13) $333.0 million 2. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 (PG-13) $323.9 million 3. Captain America: The Winter Soldier (PG-13) $259.8 million 4. The LEGO Movie (PG) $257.8 million 5. Transformers: Age of Extinction (PG-13) $245.4 million 6. Maleficent (PG) $241.4 million 7. X-Men: Days of Future Past (PG-13) $233.9 million 8. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (PG-13) $208.6 million 9. … Continue reading Top Movies for 2014 – Shows What America Wants

Is the Bible Reliable?

I just finished going through this video series with our youth at my church. It’s part 2 of the True U series, produced by Focus on the Family. I highly recommend it for all youth 8th through 12th grade. It’s meant to prepare students for the attacks on their faith that will surely come as soon as they enter college. This particular series gives real evidence for the authenticity of the Bible. For instance, a common criticism is that most of the Bible was written hundreds if not thousands of years after it really happened. Therefore it can’t possibly be accurate, … Continue reading Is the Bible Reliable?

Bette Midler, on Ariana Grande

The article below appeared yesterday on MSN.com, and it shares Bette Midler’s take on the overly sexualized young female pop singers that dominate the music scene these days. Bette says it much better than I ever could, and she has the professional pedigree to make these statements. I agree completely. It’s a great article and I really hope it will be read by Ariana Grande, Miley Cyrus, Selena Gomez, and the list, sadly, goes on and on. Below is the article. Bette Midler to Ariana Grande: ‘Don’t make a whore out of yourself to get ahead’ by Michael Lewittes, MSN.com … Bette … Continue reading Bette Midler, on Ariana Grande