Tuesday, May 31, 2011

TV Tuesday: Seth MacFarlane and The Flintstones

What happens when the The Family Guy guy meets the prehistoric family guys?

Monday, May 30, 2011

Monday Movie Review: Kung Fu Panda 2

Yes, now there are two movies about a Panda who learns Kung Fu.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

What Does It Mean to be Famous?

My birthday today has me thankful for the people who would take the time out of their day to encourage someone they've never met.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

TV Tuesday: So You Think You Can Dance

Is "So You Think You Can Dance" the best reality talent show on TV?

Monday, May 23, 2011

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Napoleon Dynamite: The Animated Series

Yes, I love technology, but will Napoleon Dynamite work as an animated TV show?

Monday, May 16, 2011

Monday Movie Review: Water For Elephants

Sometimes a movie will tell you exactly how your supposed to feel, and sometimes it will be repeated by the person behind you in the theater.

Friday, May 13, 2011

The Best Christian Characters on TV

Look out Flanders you've got some competition.

In the annals (thank you spell check) of Christian TV roles there have been few as consistently funny (and poignant) as Homer and Marge's nay-diddely-aybor.  Even through the loss of his wife, Flanders has remained Homer's greatest enemy and kindest friend.  But there's a newcomer on the scene whose return appearance on this week's episode of "The Middle" got me thinking about what makes for a great small screen Jesus Freak.

The best Christian characters on TV in my opinion are the ones the ones that rightfully skewer us where we need to be skewered, and still have a sense of genuine belief and heart to them.  Some are one sided caricatures (Angela from the office, Kenneth from 30 Rock, both hilarious by the way, just no real substance, also not sure Kenneth is really a Christian, more of a backwoods superstitioner) and others are possibly too serious for their own good (the entire cast of "Touched by an Angel")

But somewhere in the middle lies a beautiful balance, meet "The Middle"'s Rev. Tim Tom.

Reverend Tim Tom strikes the perfect balance of silly earnestness and immutable truth, and in the few episodes he's appeared he's stolen every scene he's in.  Also, as ridiculous as that little song is, I'd be lying if I said it didn't speak to me a little bit as a Dad.  I personally hope to see Reverend Tim Tom encouraging the Heck family for many years to come.

So who are my all time favorites?

I'll give Flanders and Rev. Tim Tom the top two, followed closely by these fine fictional faith based  television entities:

Coach Taylor (Friday Night Lights) - To be honest I've never really watched the show, but I've heard enough to know I'd probably be shot if I left him off the list (in Christian love, of course).

Walker (Walker Texas Ranger) - The only man to ever beat a brick wall in a game of tennis, Chuck Norris is also apparently a devout believer, and if there's one guy I'd not want to leave off the list...

Hank Hill (King of the Hill) - The episode where Bobby gets involved in a youth group because of the cool youth pastor (an early predecessor to my beloved Rev Tim Tom) and skate park is priceless.  If for no other reason than the closing conversation between Hank and him about Christianity not needing to be "cool" to be right.

Who did I miss?

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Whatever Wednesday: Google Music

I've been waiting for years for Google to take a shot at a music program in the cloud. Now that it's announced will it live up to my expectations?

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

TV Tuesday: The Voice (review)

Now that I've actually seen the show here are some updated thoughts on the new hit show "The Voice".

Monday, May 9, 2011

Monday Movie Review: Thor

Does the summer movie season start with a bolt of lightning or a hammer like thud?

Friday, May 6, 2011

A New Podcast!

The list of reasons I would get up at 4:30 in the morning can be counted on one hand.

- If it would save someone I love.
- If Chick Fil A was only open between the hours of 4AM and 5AM
- If Jesus personally asked me too, like in the flesh, or at least by uploading a video to my Facebook.
- If I got to be on the radio.

There's this misconception that morning show hosts are all morning people.  It's not true.  In fact, I'm pretty sure the whole morning person idea, itself, is a myth.  No person in their right mind actually prefers getting out of bed closer to midnight than noon. I refuse to believe it.  So for me to be willing to know firsthand that the 4 o clock hour actually does come twice each day can only mean one thing. 

I LOVE what I do!

When I wake up at 4:30, the thought that pushes my legs over the side of my warm and comfy womb of sleep is that I get to have conversations about things I love, hopefully make people laugh and smile, and maybe even on occasion say something that changes someones day or even life (a process, by the way, that still blows my mind, considering how little I really have to do with it).  Oh, and by the way, they actually pay me for it.  Not to mention the fact that the people I work with (and for) are incredibly talented and amazing people who I get to not only call co-workers but also friends.  If you don't listen to the station (88.3 The Wind), I'd encourage you to click that link and stream it or even download the app for your phone.  They really do a great job and I'm proud to even be a small part of the team.

So why start a podcast?  Shouldn't that 4 hours each morning be enough to say everything I have to say?

A few reasons:

1) There are some things I can't really talk about on the radio.  I've made a promise to my listeners that I will be respectful of the fact that they might have their kids in tow while listening, and I craft my words very carefully each morning in light of this.  I still get a chance to cover a lot of ground (some of it creatively) but there are some topics that I just can't work around. And it's not just to keep parents from having to answer tough questions ("Mommy, what's pornography?") it's also because my purpose each morning isn't necessarily to just provoke thought.  My goal is to encourage and lift up, not that I don't acknowledge the tougher things in life, just not with the freedom or depth that this new podcast would allow.

2) I want to play you your favorite music.  88.3 The Wind is a music station and my show is no different.  I love that I get to play these amazing songs for you and because I want to make sure you hear them I try to keep my blabbering short and to the point.  In a longer form show, like the podcast, there is more room for deeper discussion and the ability to really dig into the meat of these topics.

3) I have a couple of friends I want you to meet.  I'm joined on the show by my good friends Andy Dayton and Colette Hamlin, two of my favorite people in the world.  Andy and I traveled together for our college singing, doing skits, and creating mischief (unless any of the college administration is reading in which case we were total angels, halos and everything.)  He's now a pastor in Indiana and is as smart as he is funny (which is very, just to be clear).  He's also actually the only guest blogger this blog has ever had (you can find his posts with the label "Andy") and I can't wait for you to meet him.  Colette is one of the most genuinely funny and honest people I have ever known.  I met her when she tried out for a DJ contest put on by my previous station in Michigan, a contest she won by the way.  She still does a daily show on that station (FuseFM) and her ability to be both candid and hilarious make her a perfect candidate to join in on the conversation.  I'm positive you will fall in love with her quickly as everyone who meets her does.

The truth is this new venture isn't a replacement for what I do each morning, it's an extension of it, and it will hopefully allow us to get to know each other even better.

The new show, called "No Longer Safe", debuted today and you can listen to the first episode on Facebook (click here, and go ahead and like us if you don't mind, you will also soon be able to subscribe on iTunes).  The title is a reference to the fact that I want to have real, honest, conversations and break out of that desire we seem to resort to as Christian's to play it safe.  It won't be done without a sense of humor though, I don't know that this trio could shut that part of us off if we wanted to.  I also hope to eventual do interviews with others who work inside the Christian bubble and explore more about what it means to be in but not of the world.  I'm also looking forward to you joining in the discussions at our Facebook page, and together we can open a dynamic discussion on some of the tougher issues we face as people of faith.

I don't know if we will solve all the problems of humanity, but I do know I won't make you get up at 4:30 to do it.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Whatever Wednesday: Lord Stanley's Cup

I think I've figured out why the NHL Playoffs are the most exciting sports moments in the history of mankind.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

TV Tuesday: The Killing

A show that might have slid under your radar but could be worth catching up on before its too late.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Monday Movie Review: Hoodwinked Too

The first Hoodwinked was a pleasant surprise, so what about the new one?