That SkyWire Thing Was Probably a Bad Idea: Invoking Jesus While Playing With Your Life

Also See: Actually, That Skywire Thing Was Pretty Cool: More Than A Mere Stunt"You're looking good, Nik, whether you feel that way or not," Nik Wallenda's father, Terry Troffer, told him. "Take your time, it's all about you right now."While traversing the Little Colorado River Gorge on a tightrope, Nik Wallenda constantly uttered prayers to Jesus: "Thank you Jesus for this beautiful view... I command it with the authority of God in Jesus name...  praise you Jesus, thank you Jesus." Later … [Read more...]

Football Season Changed Forever as Men’s Warehouse Fires George Zimmer

"You're gonna like the way you look. I guarantee it."Anyone who has watched sports on TV in the past 25 years can hear Men's Wearhouse founder George Zimmer pitching his company's suits in his distinctive, gravelly baritone. Men's Wearhouse, one of the largest men's specialty clothing stores in the country, has been a fixture of the menswear market for decades, and Zimmer has been the face of the company the whole time. He has built Men's Wearhouse an image of caring for their customers' … [Read more...]

What’s Up With The Mindy Project’s Sexy Christian Minister?

By M. Joshua CaullerThe Mindy Project has broken more than a few stereotypes in its single season, but none quite so intriguing as the character introduced in the episode, "My Cool Christian Boyfriend" (episode 19).Titular Mindy (Mindy Kaling) objects when a tall blond fellow (Anders Holm) blocks her from exiting a New York subway car with his massive cargo. Her protest leads to his flirtation. He reveals that he’s transporting bikes for kids in Haiti and that he’s a minister. She ends up … [Read more...]

When Corporations Repent: Accepting Xbox’s Mea Culpa

Immediately following the announcement of Microsoft's Xbox One, many gamers were up in arms about the new system's always-on Internet requirement and resistance to used games. At E3, the Playstation 4 seemed to pull ahead specifically because of the absence of these features. Even so, it was still surprising when yesterday, Don Mattrick, president of interactive entertainment business at Microsoft, released a statement announcing that the Xbox One would drop its 24-hour Internet connection and … [Read more...]

What Luther can Teach us about Forced Fatherhood

 When it comes to abortion, the freedom of women has largely dominated the discussion. However, some have begun to declare this mentality unjust. What about men? Why do women earn the right to assert their liberties from accidental children while the legal system forces men to take responsibility? So inquires Laurie Shrage last week in The New York Times opinion column: “Is Forced Fatherhood Fair?”Women’s rights advocates have labored hard to make motherhood a “voluntary condition” r … [Read more...]

The Moviegoer: Man of Steel in Awesome, if not Guiding, Beams of Light

Each week in The Moviegoer, Nick Olson examines new and upcoming films.In Zack Snyder's Man of Steel, the name "Superman" is only uttered once or twice, and when he wears the caped suit, it's a muted--not blinding bright--red and blue. Some viewers will chalk up the details of Snyder's (and Goyer's and Nolan's) reimagination to another instance of "going gritty"--and I suppose there's something to that, particularly in the film's controversial, climactic scene--but the mixture of grey to … [Read more...]

Exodus International President’s Apology Represents a Hopeful Opportunity For the Church

Throughout its thirty-seven years of operation, Exodus International has been infamous for championing the Christian "ex-gay" movement. "Ex-gay" organizations advance the belief that, with the help of Christ, anyone within the LGBTQ community can experience a profound reversal in their sexual desires and attractions--even to the point of becoming exclusively heterosexually oriented. Organizations like Exodus have had a tremendous influence on the way that wider Christian culture treats LGBTQ … [Read more...]

Why ‘Farm Lit’ Is the Best

Last weekend I moved just outside city limits, to 2.3 acres of Indiana farmland. On summer break from our teaching jobs at the university, my husband and I have been busy attending to our new brood of chickens, constructing large compost bins, and harvesting mulberries. Perhaps this helps explain why I’ve been drawn to memoirs of city-girls-gone-country—books like The Dirty Life: On Farming, Food, and Love by Katie Kimball. But as it turns out, the rest of the country shares my fascination with f … [Read more...]

Overcoming the Sexualization of Our Children

What is child pornography? On its face, that seems like a pretty absurd question. Were you ever unfortunate enough to be exposed to child pornography, you would think there would be no mistaking the filth that you were seeing. It would be obvious what it was, and you would obviously be disgusted and horrified by it.But, as Todd Hoffner's bizarre and tragic story shows, it may not always be as obvious as you'd think.In 2012, Hoffner was the celebrated and well-respected coach of Minnesota … [Read more...]

The Idylls of Miami: Burn Notice’s Fairy Tale-Esque Narrative

 My wife and I don’t watch much television. We are young and cable-less. In fact, the only reason that we watch TV at all is because of a great two-part Christmas gift from my mom: Apple TV and her Netflix password. And although my wife and I differ in our taste in television, the one thing that we can always agree on is Burn Notice.This might be a bit of a dramatic statement, but so what, Burn Notice is the best show ever.Yes, I said the best. Show. Ever.Okay, it probably is … [Read more...]