The Masked Singer

The Masked Singer

TV Shows
OK, so there is this show on right now that actually sort of hurts me to watch. If you haven't seen "The Masked Singer" the idea is that "celebrities" dress up in elaborate costumes and then sing. The judges try to figure out who is under the mask. It is terrible. There really isn't any way to sugar coat it. It is not a good show. So why am I writing about it? Well I had in my head some sort of biblical point about the nature of celebrity and how our culture idolizes the wrong things. But when it came to actually writing it the whole thing just seemed forced. So I guess I just wanted to say that The Masked Singer is a terrible show.
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Won’t You Be My Neighbor

Won’t You Be My Neighbor

Media "Reviews", Movies
My wife and I went to our local art house theater today and watched the Mr. Rodgers documentary. It was brilliantly slow and exactly what someone would want in a Mr. Rodgers documentary. Really in our crazy messed up time where everyone seems to be trying to out yell everyone else it is just refreshing to watch a life lived deciding to be quite, a life dedicated to listening to others and to proclaim a message of love. I think for me the biggest takeaway as someone who works with students and children is to remember to listen to them. To remember that their feelings are valid and important, which of course I knew, but sometimes when you look at things through adult eyes you forget about things from a…
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Beastmaster is on Amazon Prime

Beastmaster is on Amazon Prime

Modern Culture, Movies, Random Thoughts
So I am watching this movie again and I have a few thoughts: I watched this a whole bunch as a child. It must have been on HBO or something, but I know I watched it quite a few times Watching it again I can't believe I am not warped even more than I am from watching this thing. It is pretty dark. In the first 3 minutes a witch like sucks the baby out of a woman by magic and makes it go into the belly of a cow, and people keep watching this movie. How cool would it be to have the little ferret people as friends! I have to admit I probably cried the first time I saw one of them die (come to think of it,…
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Top 10 Family Board Games (with 5 bonus because we couldn’t all agree) 2016 Edition

Top 10 Family Board Games (with 5 bonus because we couldn’t all agree) 2016 Edition

Games, Media "Reviews"
I own around 70 board/card games. Some are simple card games that take about 5 minutes to play other are elaborate affairs with multiple boards, miniatures, and pieces that can take hours and hours to play. My family is finally old enough for all of us to play a board game and stay engaged. We play a whole bunch of games, and since my son has a YouTube channel we thought we would make a top 10 list of our favorites to play as a family. Well, we ended up with 15 because there were games that got pushed off the top 10 that we still wanted to play. These are all games that would work well with a family of 4. In the review we talk about how certain…
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Board Games for Youth Groups: Codenames

Board Games for Youth Groups: Codenames

Games, Youth Ministry Ideas
I am a big board game fan and I love to use board games to break down barriers with my youth. One of of the games we play these days is a game called Codenames.  Codenames is a team based clue giving game similar to games like "Catch Phrase" or "Taboo" where on person is trying to get his team to guess a word based on a clue. The difference with Codenames is that the word is one of 25 words printed on cards set out on a table and your clue can only be 1 word. As the clue-giver you try to give one word clues that can fit multiple cards while avoiding the words that are there for your opponents.  Pros: This is a great youth group game…
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