Door Jam: July 28, 2013

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This week’s Door Jam gives answers these questions: Can horror promote holiness? Who’s the most influential world leader on Twitter? Why is a former Power Ranger becoming a role model? How many Americans live in a home with a gun? How long is the perfect email?

Here are five interesting stories to start off your week.

When horror meets holy

The box office hit “The Conjuring” has all the requisite features of a standard horror flick: creaky doors, mysterious things that go bump in the night, creepy dolls and a dead witch who seizes the body of an unsuspecting mother.

It also has an unexpected background character for a horror film: God.

The twin brothers behind the movie describe themselves as Christians and say the film is an exploration of Ephesians 6:12. I’m with them on using horror movies as a means to speak to culture from a gospel perspective, but I don’t care what they say, I’m not putting this doll anywhere in my house.

Pope Retweet I

Pope Francis is the most influential world leader with the highest number of retweets, the report said.

While Obama’s Twitpic of him hugging his wife Michelle marking his re-election win was the most popular tweet of all time with 806,066 retweets, a typical @BarackObama tweet gets on average about 2,300 retweets.

Pope Francis, on the other hand, gets more than 11,100 retweets for every Spanish tweet and 8,200 retweets for each English tweet.

I know we were previously rivals for the papacy, Francis, but can you throw me a social media bone and hook me up with some retweets?

Don’t call it comeback … well, maybe you can

[Jessica] Rey admits that she too had these thoughts about modesty at first and became especially frustrated when she decided to stop wearing bikinis and couldn’t find an attractive one-piece. That’s when she decided to design her own.

“My goal is to disprove the age-old notion that when it comes to swimsuits ‘less is more,’ and that you can’t dress modestly without sacrificing fashion,” Rey said.

“We need to teach girls that modesty isn’t about covering up our bodies because they’re bad,” Rey added later. “Modesty isn’t about hiding ourselves, it’s about revealing our dignity.”

Having a daughter, I’m all in favor of Rey’s vocal support for a modesty comeback, but as a former Power Ranger, hasn’t she already sacrificed her dignity? I’m just kidding … sort of. Go! Go! Power Rangers, you mighty modest Power Rangers!

Four out of ten ain’t half bad

A Pew Research Center survey in early May found that 41% of adults reported having a gun in their household: 27% said they personally owned a gun, and 14% said the gun or guns in their home were owned by someone else.

Do I have a gun in my home? That depends. Are you planning on robbing me? If so, then, yes, absolutely I have a gun in my home.

You’ve Got Perfect Mail

Before I even get to the story, is anyone else out there old enough to get the headline reference? Please nod and say yes, even if you aren’t. Don’t make me feel ancient on a Monday.

“Proper email is a balance between politeness and succinctness,” entrepreneur-investor-author Guy Kawasaki tells “Less than five sentences is often abrupt and rude, more than five sentences wastes time.”

If five sentences is perfect, there’s probably no one who read past the first story to even get to the headline joke here.


Even though this post is more than five sentences long, it is only five stories long. So hopefully, I didn’t waste your time, but instead gave you five useful or at least interesting articles to start your week and end the month of July.

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Aaron Earls

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