Prior to serving two non-consecutive terms as President of the United States (#22 from 1885-1889 and #24 from 1893-1897), Grover Cleveland’s reputation for “obstinate honesty” actually served him well in politics.
Last week’s Grammy Awards ceremony was most noteworthy for its celebration of an entire year of perhaps the most vapid, senseless, and immoral catalog of music in the history of popular culture. But even as a silly and irrelevant Lady Gaga preened, an aging Eminem showcased his worn-out urban anger, and the music industry honored a rag-tag collection of nominally-talented and self-important recording stars, another, more modest and self-effacing artist was honored for his 60-plus-year career as one of the world’s most beloved gospel vocalists.
While it may not be readily apparent to many observers, Joel Northrup was a champion in this year’s Iowa High School wrestling tournament. On February 17 the 15-year-old homeschooled sophomore from Marion, Iowa, lost his match to a Cedar Falls freshman by default, but in his defeat he made a bold statement about honor and chivalry that was heard loud and clear by millions.
While award shows like the Oscars and the Golden Globes acquire all of the media hype, the Faith and Values Movieguide Awards are beginning to gain more traction in some Hollywood circles. Dubbed the “Christian Oscars,” the Faith and Values Movieguide Awards celebrate films that espouse uplifting, inspirational, patriotic and spiritual elements. Held at the Universal Hilton Hotel on Friday, February 18, the 19th Annual Faith and Values Awards Gala handed out a number of awards to family-friendly films.