Category Archives: Culture

O.J., TV and wretched excess

The TV networks already are rolling out their programming for the 20-year anniversary of that slow-speed freeway chase involving O.J. Simpson, Al Cowlings and the white Ford Bronco. June 17, 1994, revealed some of the absolute worst about celebrity-obsessed American … Continue reading

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The gospel according to Godzilla

In part of my quest to remain perpetually 12 years old, I’m a Godzilla junkie. I’ll watch absolutely any movie on TV if it involves a 350-foot-tall green lizard that breathes lightning. A rubber Godzilla model adorns the top of … Continue reading

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Blowing up the neighbor’s house with dynamite

Score one for Big Brother. By now people have heard and read so much about Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling’s racist rant that he’s on his way to being old news. For those who’ve just awakened from a coma, … Continue reading

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To engage or retreat?

Thoughts after hearing a good sermon yesterday by Pastor Eric Wait at New Hope Church in Ogallala, Nebraska: In America, we live in an increasingly profane culture that holds decreasing regard for eternal topics in the public square. Currently, though, … Continue reading

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Cubs loss: A predictable story

Some stories satisfy you because of an unexpected twist, others because they so richly fulfill expectations. As predictably as a rom-com ending with a kiss, the Chicago Cubs lost at home yesterday during the 100th anniversary celebration of their beloved … Continue reading

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Is this heaven? No, it’s journalism

It helps that the topic is one my favorite movies. But what the Des Moines Register has accomplished with its “Field of Dreams at 25” package of stories, videos, photos and graphics is pretty special. Take a few minutes to … Continue reading

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Costly faith … three years later

Today, I revisited a blog post I wrote in January 2011, just after the bombing of the Saints Church in Alexandria, Egypt. I can view it today with a different lens, after visiting Egypt and hearing Christians there talk about what … Continue reading

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