July (Web-only) 2005

The Island Overrun by Bad ReviewsSubscriber Access Only
Critics unhappy with The Island, Bad News Bears, and The Devil's Rejects, but somewhat impressed with Hustle and Flow. Plus, more reviews of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
A Sugar High for the EyesSubscriber Access Only
Christian critics sample Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Wedding Crashers. Plus, more reviews of War of the Worlds, Fantastic Four and Dark Water.
Are These Four Really Fantastic?Subscriber Access Only
Does Fantastic Four measure up to recent superhero spectacles? Plus: Dark Water, March of the Penguins, Rebound, and more reviews of War of the Worlds, Mad Hot Ballroom, Batman Begins, Howl's Moving Castle, and Mr. and Mrs. Smith.
Why the Pope Didn't Mention NetanyaSubscriber Access Only
Plus: John Roberts's church, British patient loses right-to-food case, and other stories from online sources around the world.
ACLU Sues to Allow Qur'an Oaths in N.C. CourtsSubscriber Access Only
Plus: Gonzales speaks on Roe and Roberts, Americans rate evangelicals and Muslims almost equally, and a few other stories from online sources around the world.
Mass. Gov. Romney Vetoes Morning-After Pill BillSubscriber Access Only
Are evangelicals' views of the pill changing? Plus: Democrats court pro-lifers, Church of England approves "civil partnerships" but not gay sex for clergy, and other stories from online sources around the world.
Weblog Bonus: Mugabe Forces Drive Homeless from Churches, Arrest PastorsSubscriber Access Only
Zimbabweans had fled to sanctuaries after president bulldozed towns.
Reading Baylor's Tea Leaves on Faith-Learning IntegrationSubscriber Access Only
Plus: Jane Roberts' abortion views aren't so easily discerned either, gay Housewives, and other stories from online sources around the world.
Jane Roberts for Supreme Court Justice!Subscriber Access Only
Plus: Googling the Bible, Pope Benedict takes issue with Samuel Huntington, and other stories from online sources around the world.
Conservative Episcopal Priest Removed from ChurchSubscriber Access Only
Plus: two die from morning-after pill, reactions to John Roberts's nomination, rallying against Gaza pullout, and more articles from online sources around the world.
Against the Ex-GaysSubscriber Access Only
Plus: Rick Warren in Rwanda, James Meeks in a traffic run-in with Chicago police, UK debates multiculturalism, Jerry Falwell cleared of FEC complaint, and more articles from online sources around the world.
Study Says the Prayers of Multifaith Strangers Won't Keep You from DyingSubscriber Access Only
Plus: Justice Sunday 2 (This time, it's personal), Kenyan Catholic bishop murdered; college eliminates chaplaincy, and other stories from online sources around the world.
Billy Graham Trades in Microphone for Pen, Saying No to LondonSubscriber Access Only
Plus: Conservatives shift Gonzales criticism to recusal concerns, Canada's top Catholic warns on church-state relations after legal gay marriage, and other stories from online sources around the world.
TV Evangelist Morris Cerullo Indicted for False Tax ReturnsSubscriber Access Only
Plus: Congress speculates on stem cells, Irineos literally fights for his old office, the pope's surprising messages on London bombings and Harry Potter, and other stories from online sources around the world.
Is Gonzales Pro-Life? Does it Matter?Subscriber Access Only
Plus: Baptist missionary shot in Brazil, Liam Gallagher complains about Bono's evangelism, London goes to church after bombings, and other stories from online sources around the world.
London Church Doors Flung Open After AttacksSubscriber Access Only
Plus: What conservatives and the Catholic Church think about evolution, Mr. T as "moral compass," and other stories from online sources around the world.
We Thought Frist Was One of Us'Subscriber Access Only
Christian scientists and political conservatives are upset with Frist's support for expanded embryonic stem-cell research.
Do You Desire to be Told of Your Faults?'Subscriber Access Only
How early Methodists practiced small-group accountability.
Where Does Feminists for Life Fit in the Pro-life Community?Subscriber Access Only
Group brings unique niche strategy to the movement.
Must Love DogsSubscriber Access Only
Sky HighSubscriber Access Only
StealthSubscriber Access Only
Running to PrisonSubscriber Access Only
Doing what Jesus says doesn't make any sense, but—if you actually try it—it works.
The Orthodox Avant-GardeSubscriber Access Only
Armed with traditional faith, these Christians subverted the establishment, putting secular ideas under the microscope of the eternal.
Sticking Up for Crossover ArtistsSubscriber Access Only
In an ongoing discussion/debate regarding Christian artists who "cross over" to the mainstream, many readers added their two cents worth—and more—to the conversation.
Elementary School: Medieval to ModernSubscriber Access Only
A 17th century Moravian bishop pushed elementary schooling out of the "Dark Ages."
Bad News BearsSubscriber Access Only
The IslandSubscriber Access Only
With God on Our SideSubscriber Access Only
David McCullough's account of the pivotal year 1776 has resonance for Americans in 2005.
Into the ShadowsSubscriber Access Only
An actor who recently portrayed C. S. Lewis in the stage play Shadowlands examines the two films of that same title. Guess which one he liked better?
Extreme Makeover—from the InsideSubscriber Access Only
I had hoped our "Christian Music Makeover" would make me look a little more like Lindsay Lohan. I did lose 25 pounds, but I learned a whole lot more about true transformation.
Should Films Be Faith-Explicit?Subscriber Access Only
That's the question we posed to two Christian filmmakers who were coming from two sides of the issue. We initiated an e-mail debate between them, and while there were no easy answers, the lively exchange is instructive. Part 4 of 4.
Should Films Be Faith-Explicit?Subscriber Access Only
That's the question we posed to two Christian filmmakers who were coming from two sides of the issue. We initiated an e-mail debate between them, and while there were no easy answers, the lively exchange is instructive. Part 3 of 4.
Should Films Be Faith-Explicit?Subscriber Access Only
That's the question we posed to two Christian filmmakers on both sides of the issue. We initiated an e-mail debate between them, and while there were no easy answers, the lively exchange is instructive. Part 2 of 4.
Do Young People Make Poor Short-Term Missionaries?Subscriber Access Only
A missions researcher answers readers' questions about his recent study and last week's Christianity Today conversation.
'Violence Gets All of the Attention'Subscriber Access Only
Evangelical Yank activists complain about being upstaged by London bombings.
Should Films Be Faith-Explicit?Subscriber Access Only
That's the question we posed to two Christian filmmakers on both sides of the issue. We initiated an e-mail debate between them, and while there were no easy answers, the lively exchange is instructive. Part 1 of 4.
Finding the Real AfricaSubscriber Access Only
On a recent tour of Africa in conjunction with the release of their debut album, Christian band Chronos found the heart of the continent in the form of an infant orphan boy.
Who Gets 'Socially Rich' from Short-Term Missions?Subscriber Access Only
How communities feel about themselves after receiving a group may be more important than the number of latrines dug or homes built.
Dark WaterSubscriber Access Only
Fantastic FourSubscriber Access Only
The Beautiful CountrySubscriber Access Only
Dennis Bakke's Ode to JoySubscriber Access Only
The outrageous way in which an energy giant's CEO had fun at work.
Britain's 9/11?Subscriber Access Only
People started praying to God,' says one survivor. An Islamic scholar says London's Muslims may be disproportionately affected.
Mission Trips or Exotic Youth Outings?Subscriber Access Only
Not everything in your church's missions budget may be about missions.
Jesus at G8Subscriber Access Only
Christian advocacy for Africa gains notice at top meetings.
Do Short-term Missions Change Anyone?Subscriber Access Only
Or do one week's good intentions fall flat without a concerted effort to follow through?
Are Short-Term Missions Good Stewardship?Subscriber Access Only
More than two million teens go on such trips every year, and giving may exceed that given to long-term missionaries. But is short-term ministry built to last?
One Fantastic FamilySubscriber Access Only
The Fantastic Four
Moviemaking with a PurposeSubscriber Access Only
Comics are no laughing matter for Fantastic Four producer Ralph Winter, who will soon helm X-Men 3. Neither is his Christian faith.
Handel’s Messiah: A Brilliant Blend of Transcendence and Transgression
Handel’s Messiah: A Brilliant Blend of Transcendence and Transgression
How the composer (and his lesser-known collaborator) wedded Scripture and music in daring new ways.