Month: June 2010

The Old Spice Challenge

by Mike Metzger & John Seel Hello Ladies. Look at your man. Now back to me. Sadly, he isn’t me… Isaiah Mustafa’s playful pitch for Old Spice plays well even though he makes most men look bad. With a comedic touch, comparisons can be constructive. In fact, lighthearted repartee can highlight whether a church is …

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Ebb Tide

By Mike Metzger & John Seel Tides rise and fall. A rising tide lifts all boats. The converse however is reality for engaged couples. Ebb tides drop all boats. Most couples think that they can ignore the tides. They can’t. Consider any engaged couple in the U.S. These couples tend to be woefully naïve about …

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No Small Potatoes

“You say potato, i say potato. Tomato, tomato, potato, potato. Let’s call the whole thing off….” This Gershwin song loses its lilt right at the end. Sometimes, wrangling over the meaning of words isn’t small potatoes—it can be illustrative of what Philip Rieff called a “deathworks.” As go words, so go civilizations.

Sports as Shalom

He never spoke of winning yet his teams won ten NCAA Basketball championships in 12 years. He never yelled at his players yet he commanded their attention. This past Friday, former UCLA basketball coach John Wooden passed away at the age of 99. It has been 35 years since Wooden coached. Thirty-five years is roughly …

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The Unusual Suspects

“You think you can catch Keyser Soze?” In The Usual Suspects, agent Kujan thought so. Big mistake. He didn’t start with the right suspect—which is the unusual suspect in today’s culture. This presents a challenge, since problems are hard to solve with the right kind of suspicion.