Sensational – The Stretched Blog Visits Faith, Fiction, and Unvarnished Truth

April 22, 2013 — 2 Comments

Today, I’m guest posting as part of The Network for Deborah Anderson at her blog, Faith, Fiction, and Unvarnished Truth.  In my post (Sensational), I share some thoughts about what it means to merit great public interest and excitement.  Here’s an excerpt to get you started.

The events of the last week had many of us glued to our televisions, radios, newspapers, and news websites. Every twist and turn in the Boston Marathon Bombing was broadcast through the news and amplified through social media until Friday night when the second bombing suspect was captured. I’ll admit it. I was sucked into the story.


The story was sensational. The Boston Marathon Bombing caused great public interest and excitement.


What other events come to mind when you think of the word sensational?


I think of the Space Shuttle accidents, September 11th, the assassination attempt on Ronald Reagan, the death of Princess Diana, the wedding of Prince William and Catherine, the Super Bowl, natural disasters, and presidential elections.


In our media saturated world, it’s easy to quickly sensationalize an event. Within moments, people around the world know about events happening on the other side of the planet. It’s a natural human response to place our attention on these types of events. (Click here to read the rest of this post.)

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When you think of the word sensational, what comes to mind?

Jon Stolpe


Christ-follower, husband, dad, engineer, manager, runner, blogger, sax player, group life fan, freelance writer, and the list goes on...
  • Deborah K. Anderson

    Great article, Jon. Enjoyed having you today. Thank you!

  • chris vonada

    Loved reading this today Jon! I think that Carol comment over at Deborah’s blog is right, that the event of Jesus’ life, death and resurrection may have been downplayed by our current media. You have to wonder though… He certainly would have been chased around by the paparazzi!

    I think the media does focus too much on bad news, but consider also that “we the people” are the ones who accept that (supply and demand). So maybe the Jesus story with the speed and coverage brought by today’s media could change everything?!?!

    I believe that Jesus’ story is as exciting today as it was 2,000 years ago. I am continually amazed at the parallels between the events in the Bible, New and Old Testament, and our world today. I try to share that, like you and Deborah, in my daily walk, and through the amazing gift that He gave me for writing. :-)