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'It Follows' Explores the Spirituality of Horror
Originally Posted: 03/20/2015 - 4:47pm | Type: Blog

The film explores the ever-approaching darkness that none of us escape. Pretty impressive in a genre more commonly associated with objectification and cheap thrills. Should Christ ...

'Dig’ TV Series Starts Adding Up: Watch the Numbers
Originally Posted: 03/20/2015 - 11:04am | Type: Blog

at least in terms of its religious content. The third episode, broadcast March 19, advanced plot lines ... be a nod to Jewish numerology. "It’s all about XIX," or the number 19, FBI agent Peter ... chaos, disorder, even impurity. Then there’s that pesky number 19, which is behind much ...

New and Noteworthy
Originally Posted: 03/11/2015 - 10:50am | Type: Magazine Article

Jenna Barnett Tomorrow Is My Turn by Rhiannon Gidden / Sand Opera by Philip Metres / Tricked by Jane Wells and John-Keith Wasson / Tailin ...

First World Problems...
Originally Posted: 03/11/2015 - 10:50am | Type: Magazine Article

Ed Spivey Jr. Saints (and sinners) around the water cooler.  WHEN YOU WORK for a Christian justice organizati ...

Shooting in a Moral Vacuum
Originally Posted: 03/11/2015 - 10:50am | Type: Magazine Article

Gareth Higgins If the purpose of art is to help us live better, then to have integrity, storytellers who feature characters who behave ba ...

All Eyes Are Upon Us
Originally Posted: 03/11/2015 - 10:50am | Type: Magazine Article

handcuffed brother David and those cries of 19-month-old      Bounkham Phonesavanh in whose crib ...

Conquering A Great Divide
Originally Posted: 03/11/2015 - 10:50am | Type: Magazine Article

C. Christopher Smith This is My Body: From Obesity to Ironman, My Journey into the True Meaning of Flesh, Spirit, and Deeper Faith. Conve ...

A Rooted Gospel
Originally Posted: 03/11/2015 - 10:50am | Type: Magazine Article

Dave Baker Where the Cross Meets the Street: What Happens to the Neighborhood When God is at the Center. IVP Books.  ...

Parenting and Resistance
Originally Posted: 03/11/2015 - 10:50am | Type: Magazine Article

Rosalie Riegle It Runs in the Family: On Being Raised by Radicals and Growing Into Rebellious Motherhood. OR Books.  ...

Dissecting the 'House of Cards' Church Scene
Originally Posted: 03/06/2015 - 4:53pm | Type: Blog

All presidents beseech God to bless the United States of America. Many pray for divine aid for themselves or their policies. Some can only wonder at the inscrutable ways of the Almighty. Then there’s Frank Und ...

New and Noteworthy
Originally Posted: 02/11/2015 - 3:51pm | Type: Magazine Article

The Editors Black Messiah by D'Angelo / Faith: Essays From Believers, Agnostics, and Atheists edited by Victoria Zackheim / "Wa ...

Like Giant Marshmallows on a String
Originally Posted: 02/11/2015 - 3:51pm | Type: Magazine Article

Ed Spivey Jr. Another great idea from our patriotic defense contractors.  IF YOU’RE TRAVELING by air to Washi ...

Moved, or Moved to Act?
Originally Posted: 02/16/2015 - 10:43am | Type: Magazine Article

Gareth Higgins These films create new benchmarks for the mainstream depiction of black history, black struggle, and wider perceptions.  ...

Time for a Cyberweapons Treaty?
Originally Posted: 02/11/2015 - 3:52pm | Type: Magazine Article

Danny Duncan Collum Cyberwar stories were uninteresting until one involved a threat to our inalienable right to laugh at fart jokes.  ...

How to 'Defy the World:' An Interview with 'Wanted' Author Chris Hoke
Originally Posted: 02/05/2015 - 5:23pm | Type: Blog

This book is imbued with dignity, prayer, and an understanding that relationships require forgiveness, on both sides. Wanted is a beautiful reflection on what the life of faith looks like in action. ...

Saints and Nomads
Originally Posted: 02/11/2015 - 3:52pm | Type: Magazine Article

Jenna Barnett Lila: A Novel. Farrar, Straus and Giroux.  MARILYNNE ROBINSON’S Lila is the love story we t ...

Fueled By Faith, Not Fear
Originally Posted: 02/11/2015 - 3:52pm | Type: Magazine Article

Liuan Huska Doing Good Without Giving Up: Sustaining Social Action in a World That's Hard to Change. IVP Books.  ...

New Hopes and Old Realities in the Catholic Church
Originally Posted: 02/11/2015 - 3:52pm | Type: Magazine Article

Michelle A. Gonzalez Francis of Rome and Francis of Assisi: A New Springtime for the Church. Orbis Book.  LEO ...

Were You There?
Originally Posted: 02/11/2015 - 3:52pm | Type: Magazine Article

Julie Polter How art can help us wrestle with race and brokenness.  THE GRAINY, STUTTERING surveillance foota ...

For the Love of ‘Paddington:’ A Movie Review
Originally Posted: 01/30/2015 - 4:16pm | Type: Blog

Paddington asks us to consider if our fears are legitimate or whether we are frightened of a cuddly bear who will open our shut-up hearts and change our lives for the better. We may never know which it is. But ...

‘American Sniper’ or ‘Selma’ — How Christian Is Your Movie Choice?
Originally Posted: 01/21/2015 - 11:41am | Type: Blog

The latest box office numbers for Selma were also released today following the MLK holiday weekend. The film reportedly brought in $11.5 million through Monday, bringing its domestic total to $29.1 million. Se ...

Here’s the Faith in the ‘American Sniper’ You Won’t See in the Film
Originally Posted: 01/14/2015 - 6:10pm | Type: Blog

Chris Kyle, often described as the most lethal sniper in U.S. military history, wrote in his autobiography that he prioritized his life in the following order: God, country, family. ...

Top 5 Resources for Community Dialogue on 'Selma'
Originally Posted: 01/13/2015 - 2:48pm | Type: Blog

The film Selma is an incredibly helpful dialogue centerpiece at the moment. . When those opportunities surface, I recommend using the format below as a template for similar dialogues moving forward. I’ve colle ...

New and Noteworthy
Originally Posted: 01/12/2015 - 2:05pm | Type: Magazine Article

The Editors Witnessing: Prophecty, Politics, and Wisdom edited by Maria Clara Bingemer and Peter Casarella / Forward Together: A Moral Me ...

Meet the New Boss (looks familiar)
Originally Posted: 01/12/2015 - 1:31pm | Type: Magazine Article

and I’ve been reading 19th-century English literature instead of streaming videos of cute animals. It’s ...

The Persistent Strain
Originally Posted: 01/12/2015 - 2:11pm | Type: Magazine Article

Danny Duncan Collum White supremacy may have weakened, but it can still make us sick.  THE WEEK leading up to ...

Recharting Our Course
Originally Posted: 01/12/2015 - 1:31pm | Type: Magazine Article

Lisa Caton How Maps Change Things. Woodlake.  USERS OF MAPS—that’s all of us—may suppose that what we see is ...

Tell Me A Story
Originally Posted: 01/12/2015 - 1:31pm | Type: Magazine Article

Duane Shank Short Stories by Jesus. HarperOne.  PREACHERS, politicians, and other public speakers know that a ...

A Year of Great Films
Originally Posted: 01/21/2015 - 8:56am | Type: Magazine Article

Gareth Higgins Here's my list of the 10 best films of 2014 (many more are worthy, but 10 are all that will fit).  ...

Redemptive Verses
Originally Posted: 01/12/2015 - 1:55pm | Type: Magazine Article

Robert Hirschfield Poet and Vietnam vet Bruce Weigl writes of war and reconciliation.  POET BRUCE WEIGL inhab ...

The Long March from ‘Exodus’ to ‘Selma’
Originally Posted: 01/05/2015 - 11:50am | Type: Blog

But the most important thing about “Exodus” actually takes us beyond the movie itself — and points us in a direction that leads us to another epic film of the season. Here is one ...

A Winter to Remember, Beforehand
Originally Posted: 12/15/2014 - 2:56pm | Type: Magazine Article

Ed Spivey Jr. The Old Farmer's Almanac never lies. (It guesses, but that's not lying.) AS WE BLITHE ...

A Better Kind of Good
Originally Posted: 12/15/2014 - 2:56pm | Type: Magazine Article

Gareth Higgins A cisgender straight character dressing up has little or nothing to do with the real stories of the "T" in LGBTQ ...

Anna
Originally Posted: 12/15/2014 - 2:56pm | Type: Magazine Article

Kristina LaCelle-Peterson I. The wailing and the murmured prayers, the animal ruckus, and coin against coin, smoke hanging in the temple spaces— offerings that bear our love t ...

Staying Connected in Later Years
Originally Posted: 12/15/2014 - 2:56pm | Type: Magazine Article

Julienne Gage With a Little Help from Our Friends: Creating Community as We Grow Older. Vanderbilt University Press.  ...

Reviving the Flame
Originally Posted: 12/15/2014 - 2:56pm | Type: Magazine Article

Ryan Herring Black Prophetic Fire. Beacon Press.  CORNEL WEST and Christa Buschendorf have collaborated to bring forth a powerful look at the visionary legacies of 19th- and 20th-century ...

New & Noteworthy
Originally Posted: 12/15/2014 - 2:56pm | Type: Magazine Article

Jenna Barnett Dear White People by dearwhitepeoplemovie.com / Another Day, Another Time: Celebrating the Music of "Inside Llewyn Dav ...

Wisdom and Discontent
Originally Posted: 12/15/2014 - 2:56pm | Type: Magazine Article

Patrick F. O' Connell Diverse books mark the 100th birthday of the great mystic and writer Thomas Merton.  ...

Will Angelina Jolie’s ‘Unbroken’ Disappoint Christians? It Depends
Originally Posted: 12/05/2014 - 4:28pm | Type: Blog

Before Zamperini’s death, Jolie showed him rough cuts of the film. From all accounts, he had no complaints. I made a new friend — Angelina Jolie,” Zamperini said. “The gal really loves me. She hugs me and kis ...

SONG: 'Don’t Shoot!' – A Lament
Originally Posted: 01/22/2015 - 12:39pm | Type: Blog

Fleeceboi’s cries haunted me as young people among us broke into tears and the clergy surrounded them with hands raised in prayer and sobs of deep lament. St. Louis County Prosec ...

‘The Red Tent:' A Bloody Tale with a Timely Twist
Originally Posted: 12/05/2014 - 12:21pm | Type: Blog

It is time to return Dinah’s voice to her — and not only in a Lifetime miniseries. Imagine: The Sabbath when her story is read in synagogue could become an annual Sabbath Against Violence To Women. ...

Noel Paul Stookey and Peter Yarrow: 50 Years of Song in 'Love of Community'
Originally Posted: 11/26/2014 - 6:11pm | Type: Blog

A just-released album, DISCOVERED: Live in Concert, includes 12 live songs never before heard on their albums. And on Dec. 1 (check local listings), PBS will air 50 Years with Peter, Paul and Mary — a new docu ...

Jon Stewart's 'Rosewater' a Needed Depiction of Torture
Originally Posted: 11/17/2014 - 3:07pm | Type: Blog

While there are scenes of physical torture onscreen, the film doesn’t show them in graphic detail — to the point where it almost feels that Stewart isn’t going as deep with the subject matter as he could have. ...

'The Theory of Everything,' Life's Greatest Questions, and Missed Opportunities
Originally Posted: 11/11/2014 - 2:26pm | Type: Blog

“If all of us were some kind of cosmic accident, what chance love? That’s the point at which science breaks down, and something else exists.” The new Stephen Hawking biopic The ...

VIDEO: Parker Millsap Performance
Originally Posted: 11/20/2014 - 4:13pm | Type: Magazine Article

The Editors A video performance by musical artist Parker Millsap.  Parker Millsap is a talented newcomer to t ...

Disarming Our Speech
Originally Posted: 11/12/2014 - 10:35am | Type: Magazine Article

Christine A. Scheller I Beg to Differ: Navigating Difficult Conversations With Truth and Love. IVP Books.  PO ...

Incubating Peaceful Revolution
Originally Posted: 11/12/2014 - 10:35am | Type: Magazine Article

Rosalie G. Riegle Pursuing the Spiritual Roots of Protest. Cascade Books.  IN NOVEMBER 1964, as the long Col ...

Good News About Smart Giving
Originally Posted: 11/12/2014 - 10:35am | Type: Magazine Article

Molly Marsh A Path Appears. Knopf Publishing.  IT’S EASY to lose heart when tackling the painful challenges w ...

A Culture War Misfire
Originally Posted: 11/12/2014 - 10:35am | Type: Magazine Article

Gareth Higgins They think that what they're doing is changing the world for the better, but that's doubtful.  ...

You Gotta Move
Originally Posted: 11/12/2014 - 10:35am | Type: Magazine Article

Jason Howard American artist Parker Millsap spreads his "Truck Stop Gospel." INSIDE TOWN HALL, New ...