Fixed on the Right Goal

Kenny was focused on a unique goal, which required a long flight from Colorado Springs to Gloucestershire, England.  He was joining a crowd of enthusiasts who were meeting at the insanely steep “Cooper’s Hill” which is an unusual two-hundred meter course for a...

The Power in Unplugging

It was a big adjustment when I moved to Chicago right out of high school.  Among the many changes was a disappointing discovery that it was nearly impossible to see any stars at night.  I had grown up in the country and spent many nights staring at the sky. I would...

Replace Vs. Take Away

The late preacher A.W. Tozer once wrote about the media distractions of his time, circa 1950’s,  “‘Commune with your own heart upon your bed and be still’ is a wise and healing counsel, but how can it be followed in this day of the newspaper, the telephone, the radio...

Convictions or Compromise?

A man walked into a Christian bookstore and saw a display of hats with the letters WWJD on them. He was unaware of what the letters stood for so he asked the lady at the counter to enlighten him.   She explained that the letters stood for "What Would Jesus Do?" and...

Entertainment: Handle With Care

My family and I used to live on a small farm. During this time I learned the importance of keeping a container of fuel on hand to run outdoor equipment and I also learned to have a better appreciation for its volatility and the wisdom of handling with care.    One day...

Media Saturation Threshold

Is there a media saturation threshold? The animated film “WALL-E” anticipates a future where people are continuously fixed on a screen and some are gradually awakening to the need for real relational contact. Prophetic? Maybe not. Insightful? Definitely.  One of the...

A Titanic Lesson

On the Titanic’s maiden voyage in 1912 she had some of the latest and most powerful communication technology, the wireless telegraph.  This new technology not only provided critical communication between the ships, it also offered the passengers a new amenity. Imagine...

Becoming Desensitized

Imagine for a moment that you woke up one morning and you noticed that your fingers felt numb.  At first you don't think much about it, "maybe I just slept funny." By lunchtime you are starting to get concerned because now the numbness has crept up your forearm so you...

Media Talk 101 Turns 10!

Ten years ago this month the ministry of Media Talk 101 became an official nonprofit organization. I was also writing a book at the time and preparing a seminar, which both got a humble launch at a small church in downtown Chicago. I was glad to be assisted by Rhett...

Ready for Game Day?

My high school basketball coach was as intense as an Army drill sergeant.  Anyone who knew Kevin McDaniel would compare him to the legendary Bobby Knight, the former men's basketball coach of the Indiana Hoosiers. "Coach McD", as we called him, would even admit that...

Ready for Some Fresh Air?

"I like to play indoors better 'cause that's where all the electrical outlets are."~Paul (a Fourth-Grader in San Diego)   I love the Summer.  Warm sunny days, walks with my wife, barbecue, watermelon, ice cream, television, a variety of fresh fruits & vegetables,...

Take Time to See the Roses

My wife and I recently took our two boys to a museum and aquarium about an hour’s drive from our town. On our way there as we wound through the lush green hills and farms of northwestern Illinois, enjoying the sights we had come to love and had grown so fond of, a car...

Web 2.0 Woes

Do you ever get frustrated or find yourself disturbed by the personal comments seen frequently at the end of news articles on the web today? I’m talking about those coarse, rude, and often sophomoric posts from self-proclaimed authorities who are so determined to spew...

Media Discernment Challenge

Here's some challenges to help you develop better media discernment  What are some things you have been neglecting in your life that are spiritually, physically, or mentally beneficial? It is likely that these are going to be hard things to make good habits of. Why?...