is a Focus on the Family publication designed to shine a light on the world of popular entertainment while giving families the essential tools they need to understand, navigate and impact the culture in which they live. Through our reviews, articles and discussions, we hope to spark intellectual thought, spiritual growth and a desire to follow the command of Colossians 2:8: "See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ."
Each month, Plugged In
is visited more than 1 million times by people looking for detailed information about what's really in popular movies
, TV episodes
. Entertainment industry ratings only tell you so much. We go deeper, diving into specific content and the meaning behind it. Our award-winning website also offers news (Culture Clips
and hands-on parenting tools (Family Room
Phones and Facebook
(for iPhones and Androids) offer instant, on-the-go access to our movie reviews, game reviews, music reviews and TV reviews. On those apps, and on our site, you'll find that some of our written reviews are accompanied by audio and/or video reviews. And speaking of audio, you can tune in to our mid-week smorgasbord of pop culture news and views with The Official Plugged In Podcast
. If you're as interested in sharing your own
opinion as in hearing ours, check out the PI Blog
, our Facebook
page or our Twitter
feed. By subscribing to our weekly eNewsletter
, you'll get quick access to brand-new articles, reviews and Culture Clips.
Radio and TV
The Plugged In
team creates two weekly radio features called the Plugged In Movie Review (or PIMR for short). Produced in 1-minute and 2-minute versions, one tackles a movie that's new in theaters, the other focuses on a newly released video. Approximately 9 million people weekly hear at least one of these as they tune in to (primarily) Christian radio stations. Not only do more than 700 stations currently carry this feature in the U.S., stations in about a dozen other countries do so as well (from Ireland to Iceland). A television version of the feature is currently viewed by close to 2 million people each week, carried by such outlets as GMC, Sky Angel, GCN, GEB and the Soundtrack Channel Network. While highlighting a film's plot, content and themes, these radio and TV snapshots help get the message across that it really does matter what we watch.
You love good movies. We
love good movies. The best ones entertain us and
challenge us to think more deeply about important issues. They can even spark dynamic family dialogue … especially once we consider God's perspective. That's why we create easy-to-use parenting tools called Movie Nights
, which guide you and your children into meaningful discussion as you enjoy some of Hollywood's better efforts. It's a fun way to help kids and teens think through age-appropriate stories and develop biblical discernment.
in Spanish, Plugged In
(in conjunction with our associates in Focus on the Family's Costa Rica office) provides translated versions of most of our movie reviews. And a Spanish version of the Plugged In Movie Review is available in some Spanish-language radio markets.
Who We Are
A background in printing and radio broadcasting began preparing Steven for his role editing and managing this website. He's served Plugged In readers for more than 15 years.
After 20 years of service, Bob (who has a background in marketing and teaching) writes books, reviews and articles, while managing sections of this website. He is the host of The Official Plugged In Podcast.
Adam R. Holz
Sr. Associate Editor
Following a long stint as an associate editor at NavPress' Discipleship Journal and consulting editor for Current Thoughts and Trends, Adam now oversees our music research and reviews, and manages our Culture Clips feature. He is one of our three primary movie reviewers.
Sr. Associate Editor
After spending more than two decades touring, directing, writing and producing for Christian theater and radio (most recently for Adventures in Odyssey, which he still contributes to), Bob joined the Plugged In staff to help us focus more heavily on video games. He is also one of our primary movie reviewers.
Sr. Associate Editor
Paul has spent the bulk of his journalistic career working for newspapers, most recently as the religion writer at The Gazette in Colorado Springs. As he writes movie reviews, TV reviews, and spearheads our blogging efforts, he brings with him a special interest in the unexpected ways faith and media intersect.
Web design and coding gradually fused into a passion for Kari as she contributed to other Focus on the Family sites and projects over the past 6 years. With Plugged In, she adds social media to the publishing and design mix.
With 20 years of ministry at Focus on the Family under his belt, Bob (a former youth pastor) is Plugged In's director. He is also its "voice." His weekly "Plugged In Movie Review" radio feature is heard on hundreds of U.S. radio stations.
Former Plugged In Reviewers, Analysts and Editors
Graphic Designer and Video Game Analyst
Lindy (Beam) Keffer
Assistant and Contributing Editor
Jamie (Maxfield) Mobley