December (Web-only) 2004

Moviegoers Choose Between Aviator, Life Aquatic, Unfortunate Events, and Hotel RwandaSubscriber Access Only
Christian film critics review The Aviator, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events, Hotel Rwanda, Flight of the Phoenix, and Spanglish.
Ocean's Twelve Steals the Box OfficeSubscriber Access Only
Christian film critics mixed on Ocean's Twelve. Plus, more reviews of Blade: Trinity, National Treasure, A Very Long Engagement, and Sideways.
I Am David Is Like a Passion Cast PartySubscriber Access Only
Religious press critics consider I Am David, Closer, House of Flying Daggers, and Blade: Trinity. Plus, more reviews of Christmas with the Kranks, A Very Long Engagement, Finding Neverland, Kinsey, and National Treasure.
Alexander and The Kranks Leave Critics CrankySubscriber Access Only
Alexander's not so great. Christmas with the Kranks makes critics cranky. But A Very Long Engagement dazzles. Plus more reviews of The Polar Express, National Treasure, Finding Neverland and Sideways.
Entertainment1 hr 50 min
In Good CompanySubscriber Access Only
Entertainment2 hrs 18 min
The Merchant of VeniceSubscriber Access Only
Entertainment1 hr 58 min
The Life Aquatic with Steve ZissouSubscriber Access Only
Entertainment1 hr 50 min
Hotel RwandaSubscriber Access Only
Entertainment1 hr 54 min
Meet the FockersSubscriber Access Only
Entertainment2 hrs 23 min
The Phantom of the OperaSubscriber Access Only
Entertainment2 hrs 49 min
The AviatorSubscriber Access Only
Entertainment1 hr 53 min
Flight of the PhoenixSubscriber Access Only
Entertainment1 hr 53 min
Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate EventsSubscriber Access Only
Entertainment1 hr 51 min
SpanglishSubscriber Access Only
Entertainment2 hrs 5 min
The Sea InsideSubscriber Access Only
Entertainment2 hrs 17 min
Million Dollar BabySubscriber Access Only
Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King Special Extended DVD EditionSubscriber Access Only
An extra 50 minutes has been added to the multiple Oscar winner—some of it good, some of it not. But the two extra discs, loaded with terrific bonus material, are worth the price of admission.
Entertainment2 hrs 5 min
Ocean's TwelveSubscriber Access Only
Entertainment1 hr 40 min
CloserSubscriber Access Only
Entertainment1 hr 59 min
House of Flying DaggersSubscriber Access Only
Entertainment1 hr 35 min
I Am DavidSubscriber Access Only
Entertainment1 hr 30 min
See Grace FlySubscriber Access Only
The Virgin Birth? Come on!Subscriber Access Only
Millard Fuller steps down as Habitat CEO after sexual harassment allegation, worries the movement will lose focus. Also, an adult stem-cell media conspiracy?
Reformed Protestants No Longer See Images as IdolatrousSubscriber Access Only
The visual and the word go hand in hand as some pastors see possibility in connecting pictures with worship.
Two Iraqi Churches BombedSubscriber Access Only
Plus: Mr. Bean opposes British religious hate-crime bill, religious summit opens in Indonesia, Vatican condemns 'Christianophobia', Christmas dilemma, praying for the home team, and other articles from online sources around the world.
Unfashionably GoodSubscriber Access Only
A savory collections of essays by Alan Jacobs.
Canadian Supreme Court Backs Same-Sex MarriageSubscriber Access Only
Plus: Another religion clash in Egypt, a Baylor bump, and other stories from online sources around the world.
Atheist No More, Flew Still Rejects RevelationSubscriber Access Only
Plus: LA Times praises Jesus, Eames says ECUSA won't be disciplined, China's Craze Mass, and other stories from online sources around the world.
Advent's Spiritual PilgrimageSubscriber Access Only
The birth of Christ is only the final stop when meditating this holiday season. An excerpt from Ancient-Future Time: Forming Spirituality Through the Christian Year.
A Problematic Mission?Subscriber Access Only
Would the Spanish friars of California's historic missions have lobbied for the separation of church and state?
Weblog (Second Helping): Revenge of the God BillboardsSubscriber Access Only
Plus: Britain discusses euthanasia while the Netherlands euthanizes babies, and other stories from online sources around the world.
White House Speechwriter Talks About the Bush CodeSubscriber Access Only
Plus: U.S. News phones it in on prayer, Indonesian churches attacked, Mormon author disfellowshipped, and other stories from online sources around the world.
Modern, All Too ModernSubscriber Access Only
Tom Wolfe's new novel, largely reviewed as a satiric report on the sexual mores of today's college students, is fundamentally about the nature of the human will.
IRS Changes May Dent Ministries' Car-Donation ProgramsSubscriber Access Only
New deduction rules dump Blue Book for actual sales value. That could discourage donors.
Every Fraud Needs a CureSubscriber Access Only
How perpetrators are more gullible than their victims. An excerpt from Cleaning Up.
Australian Court Rules Pastor and Speaker 'Vilified' MuslimsSubscriber Access Only
Plus: Lawsuits over Christmas messages, Intelligent Design, student aid, club invitations, and many non-legal stories from online sources around the world.
Compassionate in War, Christian in VisionSubscriber Access Only
The man behind the Geneva Conventions knew the heights of success and the depths of failure
Preaching the Christmas GospelSubscriber Access Only
More than a semi-annual crack at irregular churchgoers, the Christmas sermon has traditionally invited us to worship and wonder.
The Nativity of ChristSubscriber Access Only
A Christmas sermon preached by Jerome.
Bad News for Fired Christian Is Good News for Christian OrganizationsSubscriber Access Only
Plus links to 322 other religion stories, including a resolution to Denver's Parade of Lights dispute, Christmas as protest, the death of Carsten Thiede, and other items from online sources around the world.
Can We Talk?Subscriber Access Only
A project sponsored by Gordon College's Center for Christian Studies offers models for constructive engagement across lines of division.
Kristof—'When the Right Is Right'Subscriber Access Only
Plus: Civil unions to proceed in California, the battle for Christmas continues, and more articles from online sources around the world.
Open or Closed Case?Subscriber Access Only
Controversial theologian John Sanders on way out at Huntington.
Landmark Ruling Puts Freedom of Speech in FocusSubscriber Access Only
Pastors breached Australian state's race, religion laws.
Coping with ChristmasSubscriber Access Only
For adult children of divorced parents, the holidays aren't as happy as they are supposed to be. Author Jen Abbas has some advice.
Christians in Iraq, Bethlehem Face Difficult ChristmasSubscriber Access Only
Plus: The Polar Express an evangelical film? religious people allowed on New Jersey juries, the battle for Christmas, new approach in the Sudan, Sikhs violently protest British play, and more articles from online sources around the world.
Confronting CaesarSubscriber Access Only
Nigerian megachurch pastor in Ukraine takes a stand for freedom.
The Real Twelve Days of ChristmasSubscriber Access Only
Celebrating Christ's birth with saints of the faith during the actual Christmas season.
Slaughter of the Innocents, 2004Subscriber Access Only
The Netherlands celebrates Christmas by reenacting Herod.
The Top Ten Books of 2004Subscriber Access Only
And a warning about the risks of reading.
Not Your Grandma's TestimonySubscriber Access Only
A 30-year-old ponders his spiritual journey in the evangelical subculture.
Terrorizing AllySubscriber Access Only
Saudi Arabia tortures Christians even as it makes human-rights gestures.
Tsunami Survivors Desperate for AidSubscriber Access Only
Christian groups worldwide mobilize massive relief effort to South Asia.
The Doctrine DoctorSubscriber Access Only
Jaroslav Pelikan has written a history of the Christian tradition on a scale no one else has attempted in the twentieth century.
India's Christians Prominent in Casualties and AidSubscriber Access Only
Velankanni basilica, Christian fishermen among hardest hit.
Disaster Prompts 'Neighborly Love'Subscriber Access Only
The director of Youth for Christ in Sri Lanka meets Christian survivors straining to deliver aid to victims despite their own losses.
Temptations in DisasterSubscriber Access Only
A ministry leader in Sri Lanka advises his colleagues on spiritual disciplines during a crisis.
The Perfect BlendSubscriber Access Only
An earthier version of a veteran musician brings heaven closer.
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