May 12, 2018

About 10 years ago, when I was living back at my parents’ house for a stint, I was awakened early one morning by the sound of murmuring down the hall. As I lay in the darkness, trying to will myself back to sleep for another hour or so, the sound continued, and I realized that my parents were talking  in the other room. More than that, I heard my name mentioned. I crept to the door and heard my parents… Read more

May 11, 2018

Hey everyone! This week’s been a bit crazy, so there’s no Five for Friday this weekend. I’ll try to make it up to you all with a Mother’s Day related post tomorrow. But for right now, let’s talk some CROSS.CULTURE.CRITIC. It’s a jam-packed episode that, I think leads into some of our best discussion in awhile. First off, Joe and I start talking about some pop culture we’re catching up on. That includes a discussion of “Avengers: Infinity War,” a… Read more

May 8, 2018

My grandmother passed away last week at the age of 85. She was one of the best people I knew. I was asked to speak at her funeral, an honor I’m still not sure I deserved. But I felt extremely humbled to be able to say a few words remembering this great woman God gave me the pleasure of knowing. Below is the eulogy I read, because I believe everyone deserved to know how great a person my Nana was. … Read more

May 4, 2018

Are you all up for a little bit more Amy Grant talk? Earlier this week, I wrote about my recent experience at a concert fronted by the queen of CCM. I attended that concert and meet-and-greet with CROSS.CULTURE.CRITIC. co-host Joe Yerke. That’s right: The same weekend that moviegoers were watching the most ambitious crossover in history with “Avengers: Infinity War,” I was living it out by seeing Amy Grant with the lead singer of The Insyderz. There’s a whole story… Read more

May 2, 2018

I don’t get starstruck easily. When I was a reporter, I had the opportunity to interview filmmakers and actors I greatly respected. Although I was nervous sitting across a table from Rainn Wilson or chatting with Danny Boyle, I was a professional who did my job and didn’t let my fondness for their work get in my way. This weekend, I had the chance to briefly meet Amy Grant, possibly the epitome of the ‘80s and ‘90s Christian music scene…. Read more

April 30, 2018

Stop being political! That’s the comment I often see when someone posts their opinions about current events on social media or brings up war, the economy or social justice in public conversation. People plug their ears and plead for them to stop talking about the things making our world so contentious. It’s understandable. Right now, American culture is particularly toxic, and politics are at the center of the storm. The political realm runs on power and position, things antithetical to… Read more

April 27, 2018

For many comic book geeks and movie fans, this weekend’s release of “Avengers: Infinity War” is one of the most anticipated cinematic events in their lifetime. Some comic book lovers have waited their entire lives to see Marvel’s lineup on the big screen, and those, like me, who have been a fan of the Marvel Cinematic Universe since Tony Stark put on his Iron Man armor ten years ago, are anxiously awaiting the culmination of this series (well, the beginning… Read more

April 25, 2018

While I think encouragement is one of the greatest gifts you can give a person, there’s a thread of it in today’s Christian culture that I find troubling. It’s an encouragement that guarantees that if a believer has enough faith, God will heal them from all maladies, protect them from all harm and give them the victories they want. I see it in Christians who say “don’t speak it” when someone worries about a trouble coming in their life —… Read more

April 23, 2018

It’s the mid-1990s. I’m in my high school journalism class, writing movie reviews because the thought of interviewing other students is too intimidating. I’m the only male in the same class of about 10 girls for three years; I’m too scared to talk to them, so I revert to working on a computer in a back room. I graduate high school with one signature in my yearbook. . . . It’s 2003. I’m in my early twenties, and my best… Read more

April 20, 2018

Welcome to the nerdiest episode of CROSS.CULTURE.CRITIC. yet! A little peek behind the curtain: When we record, Joe and I usually try to turn out at least two episodes a session so that we can record every other week and still release weekly episodes. We often set out with one heavy episode and one fun one, but last week we sat down to do two kind of serious ones. If you listened to last week’s episode, you know it kind… Read more

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