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Video Games as a Vehicle for Community

Videos games affect all of us - whether we play or we interact with someone who plays regularly. They are a big part of our culture from playing Fortnite on a PC to Candy Crush on your phone. Taking time to think about how video games can be a vehicle for community and then, in a bigger way, a way to minister to others, can literally change the world.

MAX Studios Creative Director Darnell Miller sits down with Jonathan Blevins, @BeardedBlevins , a popular Catholic Twitch streamer and CEO of Little Flower Media, and Joseph Bionat, formerly Marketing Coordinator with Word on Fire Institute and now Director of Marketing with St. Ann Parish in Dallas, Texas, to talk about video games and how they affect the culture.

They discuss how gaming affects young people, the real stats about who is actually playing video games, the difference between people being non-playable characters and a real life person, anonymity versus authenticity online, and how Christians are called to be who God called them to be while interacting in digital spaces. They also shout out Catholic creative organizations like Flocknote, Hallow and Word on Fire's "God and Gaming" YouTube series.

The Bearded Blevins Stream Team

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Around the Halo: Ep 8 (live)

We're doing it live! Episode 8 of Around the Halo is live in MAX Studios in Houston, TX! The Stream Team packed up their gear and traveled to Houston to do a live show with a very special guest. Inspired by the popular show on ESPN, Around the Horn, Around the Halo features four guests who weigh in on topics about sports, pop culture and the news.

Topics for this episode are below!

This episode is a little different than others. Producing the show (off camera) is Little Flower Media COO Matt McClure. Jonathan "Bearded Blevins," CEO of Little Flower Media, was on deck for hosting this one. Guests Bridget Richardson, Producer with MAX Studios at University of St. Thomas-Houston, and Matthew Marcolini, CFO of Little Flower Media, were are regulars giving their takes. The team was joined by special guest (came in from Dallas, but originally from Houston) Joseph Bionat, Coordinator for the Word on Fire Institute. Let's go!

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