CultureWatch

Bill Muehlenberg's commentary on issues of the day...

Hollywood, China and Abortion

Dec 17, 2011

It is very easy to poke fun at the Hollyweird crowd – after all there are so many of them doing so many stupid PC things. It is rare for a denizen of Hollywood to actually come out and do

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Christopher Hitchens RIP

Dec 16, 2011

Renowned writer and atheist Christopher Hitchens has just died at age 62 of cancer-related pneumonia. The writer, controversialist and polemicist had a distinguished career in the literary field, and was a noted debater, journalist, essayist and columnist. He had a

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More Celebrity Wisdom

Sep 7, 2011

I expect that some might argue that what I said in my title is a glaring example of what is known as an oxymoron. To that I can only plead guilty as charged. That our over-paid and over-egoed celebs can

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Wrong Again Miley

Aug 2, 2011

There must be some sort of law in operation which posits that the higher you climb in the celebrity ranks, the lower you sink in mental ability and moral clarity. We have all sorts of Hollywood celebs, pop stars, and

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Notable Christians: John Stott

Jul 28, 2011

John Stott passed away this week at age 90. The British evangelical leader and Anglican clergyman was a giant of 20th century evangelicalism. He was a pastor, preacher, theologian, teacher, writer and renowned Christian statesman. It would be almost impossible

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On Michele Bachmann

Jul 27, 2011

Michele who? Some of you might be asking this question. If you live in the US you would probably know of her, for at least two reasons. She is one of a number of Republicans seeking the nomination for the

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Winehouse and Westbrook: A Tale of Two Celebs

Jul 25, 2011

As everyone now knows, troubled singer Amy Winehouse passed away on Saturday. She was as famous for her drug and alcohol-plagued life as her musical career. The English singer-songwriter had a short but controversial run with fame as a musician.

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Where Are All the Strong Men?

Jul 15, 2011

A bit of my feminist side must be coming to the fore here, all because of three episodes in the past 24 hours. All have to do with strong, heroic Christian women who are taking a stand, regardless of the

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Politics, Religion and the Dalai Lama

Jun 15, 2011

A lot of, well, weirdness, has been taking place in regard to the Australian visit of the Dalai Lama. The spiritual leader of Tibet has been touring Australia recently, and there has been a lot of rather confused thinking surrounding

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The Death of Dr Death

Jun 9, 2011

America’s doctor death, Jack Kevorkian, passed away last week. He was famous for having helped to kill over 100 people – and he was proud of it. Although Kevorkian is now standing before his maker, there are plenty more “have

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Bob and Malcolm and John and Julia

May 31, 2011

OK, consider a brief exercise in a bit of cynicism here. But sometimes public figures really become irritating, so please indulge me as I let off a little steam for a few moments. (For those whose sensibilities cannot handle a

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The Royal Wedding

May 1, 2011

There would be a number of reasons why an estimated 2 billion people watched Will and Kate tie the knot. But perhaps the major reason would not even be known by most who did tune in. And that is this:

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David Wilkerson RIP

Apr 29, 2011

The world has lost a great man of God, a modern-day prophet, and a humble warrior for the Lord. He sadly died in a car crash earlier this week just before his 80th birthday. He was one of those rare

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Bernard Nathanson, RIP

Feb 23, 2011

Anyone involved in the abortion debate – no matter which side they are on – will know of Bernard Nathanson. A key player in the abortion wars, he passed away in America this week aged 84. After a lengthy battle

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Miley Cyrus: Advice for Your Dad

Feb 21, 2011

Billy Ray Cyrus is famous for at least two reasons: his hit song Achy Breaky Heart, and his handful of a daughter, Miley Cyrus (sometimes known as TV persona, Hannah Montana). Unfortunately many people would argue that both were

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Remembering Reagan

Feb 4, 2011

One hundred years ago Ronald Wilson Reagan was born. The 40th American President is remembered for many things, but here I wish to highlight just a few key points. He was a remarkable man and I believe he was providentially

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More Commodification of Children

Jan 3, 2011

We live in an age which seems to hate children. We know what is best for children, yet we seem intent on deliberately denying children that very thing. The most important need any child has – and therefore a child’s

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