Fifty Shades of Sesame Street

In a recent Ernie and Bert sketch on everyone’s favorite educational kid’s show Sesame Street, there is an obvious allusion to the Shades of Grey book. Bert is sitting on a park bench and reading a book that clearly shows the title “Fifty Shades of Oatmeal”. He addresses the camera and then reads the book. He says, “I’m Bert. I’m just reading this book: Fifty Shades of Oatmeal. Yeah… One: beige… Two: tan… Wow, this is steamy stuff.” I’m not making this up. Watch the Video Here. I know most of you who watch the clip will do like I did and smile … Continue reading Fifty Shades of Sesame Street

Once Upon A Time

Honestly, I don’t watch much TV because of a lack of time, and because there is almost always something better I can be doing. And, my kids don’t watch much TV because we encourage reading over screen watching as much as possible. But, if you’ve read my blog at all you will know that I’m a huge fan of watching movies and even television as a family when there is something worthwhile to watch. Call me boring if you wish but that’s a fun evening to me. I say all of this to recommend one TV show that is still … Continue reading Once Upon A Time

Does God Exist? True-U

I am currently going through this DVD series with a group of teenagers at my church. The series is called True-U, Does God Exist? I give it a big STAR and I highly recommend this series as well as the other two True-U sets, “Is The Bible Reliable” and “Who is Jesus?”. It’s professionally made and very enlightening. This is no simplified Sunday School lesson. It’s presented more as a college course with one of the top Christian Scientists and Apologists, Dr. Stephen Meyer speaking to a room full of college age kids. Focus on the Family designed the True-U series … Continue reading Does God Exist? True-U

The Willis Clan

I just discovered the Willis Clan a few days ago but I’m already a huge fan. I watched the video below, their audition for America’s Got Talent. I was blown away by not just their talent, but also the sheer coolness of a family of 12 talented kids playing and singing together and having a great time in the process. Watch for yourself. Here is a link to a great article on the Willis Clan at washingtontimes.com. Their story is fascinating and inspiring. I won’t try to repeat the article, but instead comment on what I love about this family. 1. They are a Christian … Continue reading The Willis Clan

The Editing of Honey Boo Boo

A recent article on Salon.com described what really happened when reality TV star Honey Boo Boo appeared on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. The article points out the inconsistencies of the edited version of Honey Boo Boo and the real thing, which as the writer explains, was quite scary. Here is part of that article:  ” … It should be noted that a good portion of the interview was cut down for the broadcast, mostly, I’m sure, for the sake of time. Still, the interview I watched on television that evening felt nothing like it had in the studio. … Continue reading The Editing of Honey Boo Boo

Behnam Brothers and HGTV

The following story has been all over the news lately. The article below comes from pluggedin.com. I had never heard of the Benham brothers before this story broke, but I must say I’m saddened for the way they were attacked, however I salute them for handling it with maturity and grace. “The first and last thought on our minds as we begin and end each day is; have we shined Christ’s light today? Our faith is the fundamental calling in our lives, and the centerpiece of who we are. As Christians we are called to love our fellow man. Anyone who … Continue reading Behnam Brothers and HGTV

Captain America Films, Good & Bad

As the 2nd Captain America solo film, Captain America: The Winter Soldier prepares to launch this weekend, I thought it would be fun to see how this most patriotic of Marvel heroes has progressed throughout the years in film. He’s been one of the most popular Marvel comic book characters since his introduction in 1941. So, it’s only natural that there have been several attempts to dramatize Captain America in movies and television. CAPTAIN AMERICA, THE SERIAL – 1944 – As you’ll see in the trailer below, our hero seems more like a super cop trying to bring down the … Continue reading Captain America Films, Good & Bad

Jase Robertson, The Reality

Jase Robertson of Duck Dynasty is the real thing. That’s what I thought after hearing him speak, live, at a recent Christian men’s conference that I attended in Lynchburg, VA. Going into this event I had only a passing knowledge of the show, mostly from articles that I had read or highlight clips and promos on the internet. I’ve never even seen a full show of Duck Dynasty so I wasn’t real sure what to expect when Jase Robertson walked out on stage. At best, I thought he would be good for a few laughs and provide a fun transition … Continue reading Jase Robertson, The Reality

The Bachelor Waited

The Bachelor Sean Lowe, from the ABC show “The Bachelor”, and his new bride Catherine Giudici get a big star from me for waiting until their wedding night to consummate their love. In today’s world, that’s hard to believe, especially for a couple in the hollywood spotlight. One of the non-believers was Jimmy Kimmel. On his show Jimmy Kimmel Live he brought the couple on and subjected them to a lie-detector test. It wasn’t a gag apparently. You can watch the video here at abcnews.com. Jimmy Kimmel was speechless. All he could say was “Wow.” I agree and add a big “thank … Continue reading The Bachelor Waited