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Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson Sets World Record For Taking The Most Selfies In 3 Minutes

May 26th, 2015
College football player, wrestler, actor, wedding officiant and superhuman eater: Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is quite the talented fellow. Now, the 43-year-old can add one more accomplishment to his list. He’s also a world record holder, of rapid-fire selfie-taking, no less. Read more
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USA Today's Album of the week: Hillsong United

May 26th, 2015
For a band that has been around nearly 20 years, Hillsong United has started to really get some attention lately. Formed in 1998 out of the youth ministry of Australia's massive Hillsong Church, the nine-member band dominated Christian music for much of 2013 and 2014 with the platinum-selling Oceans (Where Feet May Fail). Just last week, they won the award for top Christian artist at the Billboard Music Awards. Read more
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Denzel Washington to College Grads: ‘Put God First in Everything You Do’

May 13th, 2015
Hollywood superstar Denzel Washington was the commencement speaker at the graduation for Dillard University this weekend, and he gave the 218 students in attendance some pretty great advice: “Put God first in everything you do … Everything that I have is by the grace of God, understand that. It's a gift … I didn't always stick with Him, but He stuck with me.” He also told the graduates to not “be afraid to fail big” and reminded them that no matter “how much money you make, you can't take it with you.” He encouraged the...
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America’s Most Creative Youth Pastor: A Conversation with Steve Taylor

May 13th, 2015
Steve Taylor has been playing a major role in shaping popular art by Christians for over 30 years. As a solo artist in the ’80s writing biting satirical New Wave songs with videos that aired on MTV (unheard of at the time), to providing the soundtrack of ’90s youth ministry by penning many of the Newsboys biggest hits, producing the worldwide ubiquitous hit “Kiss Me” by Sixpence None the Richer and, most recently, directing the film version of Donald Miller’s influential 21st century memoir “Blue Like Jazz.” Never content to...
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Todd Pearage reviews "Avengers: Age of Ultron" on our blog

May 13th, 2015
If you enjoyed Avengers, you’ll love this one too. When Tony Stark jumpstarts a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, including Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye, are put to the ultimate test as they battle to save the planet from destruction at the hands of the villainous Ultron. Read more
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Porn and 'World of Warcraft' Video Games 'Digitally Rewire' Boys' Minds Into 'Manhood Meltdown,' Says Distinguished Psychologist

May 13th, 2015
A distinguished psychologist has argued in a recently published book that pornography and video games are leading young men into alarmingly high rates of "social isolation" and a "modern meltdown of manhood." Dr. Philip Zimbardo, former president of the American Psychological Association and author of over 50 books, has stated that the two sources of online entertainment are harming young men mentally. Read more
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