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When “Blessed Assurance” Came to Washington

Ninety-one-year-old actress Cicely Tyson was one of the honorees at the 2015 Kennedy Center Honors (along with George Lucas, Carole King, Seiji Ozawa, and Rita Moreno). Tyson’s tribute by fellow performers brought a touch of Christianity to the proceedings because of the actress’s love of the hymn “Blessed Assurance.” She performed it as part of [Read More...]

Family, Not Just Nostalgia, is Behind Popularity of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”

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As expected, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” has done blockbuster business opening weekend, earning over $250 million. I also heard a statistic that said 71% of the people who attended were adults. To me, that suggests the movie’s popularity is about more than simple pop culture nostalgia, but something deeper. “Star Wars” is popular among [Read More...]

“Star Wars” Fans Rejoice! “The Force Awakens” Offers Adventure, Humor, and Emotional Depth

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At the end of season one of JJ Abrams’ hit TV series “Alias,” a mysterious character tells a captive Sydney Bristow (Jennifer Garner), “I’ve waited 30 years for this.” “Star Wars” fans like myself who are old enough to have seen the original trilogy in theaters will adapt that timeline to 32 years as we [Read More...]

VIDEO: Father Jonathan Morris on Imitating the Heroism of Jesus

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While Father Jonathan Morris is frequently on television, he made the news not long ago because of an incident that happened in his parish. A man outside his church was attacked by two pitbulls. Other people in the area stepped in to beat the dogs off the victim and, in the process, were injured themselves. [Read More...]


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