Why You Should Break Up With Bad Television

wdeadI used to watch “The Walking Dead” religiously.

The first season was one of the best I’d ever seen – suspenseful, surprising, and wildly entertaining. I could not contain my excitement for season two.

Then Rick Grimes and his crew showed up on Herschel’s farm. Everything went downhill from there for me.

I plugged along and kept hoping the show would return to the fine form of season 1. But halfway through season 3 I realized something.

I was becoming the audience equivalent of a walker – a television zombie.

I was not watching “The Walking Dead” anymore because I liked it. I was watching out of habit and hating myself for it.

This is not me trying to dissuade you from watching “The Walking Dead”. 16 million people still seem to be really enjoying it. If you’re one of those people, keep cheering on Daryl and the gang.

This post is me challenging you to not become a television zombie. Continue reading

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So You Think You Can Doubt

Time to come clean and reveal a dirty little secret. My favorite guilty pleasure of the summer is a show called “So You Think You Can Dance.”

I’m a fan of reality shows which track and reward a contestant’s growth over the course of the series. “Survivor”, older seasons of “American Idol”, even “Celebrity Apprentice”. I love seeing real people face down seemingly insurmountable challenges and overcome them, learning more about themselves and life along the way.

(Also I have an unhealthy crush on host Cat Deeley.)

But what I love most about “So You Think You Can Dance” is the moment of doubt. Continue reading

Why I’m Not Watching The Bible

576420_173110112837007_1580306635_nThe hottest show on television the past two weeks has been “The Bible”, History Channel’s 10 part miniseries executive produced by Mark Burnett, the reality television mastermind behind “Survivor” and “The Voice”.

Burnett has been vocal in his passion for bringing the story of God to television. His gamble is paying off big time, bringing in record-setting numbers to watch the trials of Moses, Noah, David, and more.

So, as Christians, shouldn’t we all be behind “The Bible” – watching it, recording it, tweeting about it, having parties and inviting our friends over to watch it?

I don’t think so.

Why am I not watching “The Bible”? Because I don’t think we have to settle. Continue reading