I recently lost five pounds. That shouldn’t be reason for too much celebration; there’s still plenty of me that needs to go. But for someone who hasn’t had luck losing weight, peeling off five pounds in two weeks was cause for a fist-pump. It’s not that I haven’t tried. In fact, I’ve tried hard. I downloaded an app that would train me to run a 5K in just eight weeks. I went on a 10-day cleanse. I bought one of… Read more

The fun thing about doing the CROSS.CULTURE.CRITIC. podcast is that Joe and I are able to cover a variety of topics from several different angles. We can banter for a bit about entertainment and then segue into an entire episode about politics. We’ve mused about albums and joked about communion. We usually record two or three episodes in one sitting, which means on a given night we might have three or four different conversations. This week’s episode is one of… Read more

Yesterday, students around the nation walked out of their classrooms at 10 a.m. to draw attention to the need for stricter gun control laws. The walkouts — estimated to be held at 3,000 schools across the United States — commemorated the one-month anniversary of the shooting at a Parkland, Florida, high school that left 17 people dead. I used to write a blog post every time there was a mass shooting. After awhile, though, it became futile to keep up…. Read more

Like many (many, many) people, I made a goal to lose weight this year. This isn’t new; I’ve been trying for years and only recently saw some success. But last year, I finally became aware of some unhealthy habits and, though it’s hard, I think I’m on the right track. Part of that involves waking up at 5 a.m. and trudging to the gym. It’s a pain and I can’t say I’ve been successful each day, but it’s become part… Read more

“They were The Beatles of Christian music.” Talk to anyone who grew up in ‘90s Christian subculture and you’re likely to hear this phrase when you mention dc Talk. There’s some truth to it. The trio of Toby McKeehan, Michael Tait and Kevin Max — formed while the three were students at Liberty University — was the closest thing the contemporary Christian music (CCM) industry had to a superband. Where Jars of Clay was esoteric, dc Talk was mainstream. Where… Read more

I will be completely honest: I wasn’t expecting much with “The Riot and the Dance.” A nature documentary featuring a regular contributor to Answers in Genesis, I worried it would be a lecture set to visuals, an argument instead of a celebration. As someone who doesn’t share all of the views of its main contributor, I thought I’d have an antagonistic response and would be unable to judge it fairly. Instead, I found myself wishing I was watching it on… Read more

  One of the great enjoyments of my past year has been the creation of the CROSS.CULTURE.CRITIC. podcast. I co-host this show with Joe Yerke, best known as the frontman for the Christian ska band The Insyderz. Each week, we talk about a variety of things, from serious topics to nostalgic looks at Christian culture to whatever random thing happens to be on our minds. It’s been a lot of fun and I’m very proud of the work we’ve done… Read more

The new CBS sitcom “Living Biblically” (Mondays, 9:30 p.m.) ponders how hard it is to live by the Book. The show’s protagonist, Chip (Jay R. Ferguson), is trying to follow the Bible to the letter. That means praying without ceasing, throwing out false idols, not wearing blended fibers and possibly stoning adulterers. It’s Leviticus with a laugh track. Based on A.J. Jacobs’ best-selling book, in which he attempted to follow all of the regulations and guidelines that he could find… Read more

I have never successfully completed Lent. Usually I commit to walking away from social media for 40 days for Lent. I post a “goodbye for now” message, log out of Facebook and Twitter, and delete the apps from my phone. I settle in for several weeks of quiet and an escape from national turmoil — and, of course, start planning my return message, where I’ll talk about how beneficial this all was and how everyone should consider a social media… Read more

For over 20 years, Jon Foreman has been one of the hardest-working musicians in the business. The switchfoot lead singer and songwriter has crafted an eclectic career, singing about faith, relationships, beauty and life with a mixture of wonder and artistry that continues to evolve. He’s also an accomplished solo artist, with several EPs — including the collection that became “Limbs and Branches” and the four-album “Wonderlands” project — to his name. Last October, to promote “Wonderlands,” Foreman undertook an… Read more

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