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July (Web-only) 2009

Subscriber Access Only Awkward Apology
Why did a Canadian newspaper have to apologize to its prime minister? What religious group is most likely to say that Hollywood threatens its values? Test your knowledge of this week's news.
Subscriber Access Only Fiji Bans Massive Methodist Hymn-Sing
Church leaders say government officials fear singing would lead to political instability.
Subscriber Access Only Faith-based Mutual Insurers Worry about Health Care Reform
Ministries hope the end result doesn’t put them out of business.
Subscriber Access Only Le silence de Lorna (Lorna's Silence)
The Dardennes brothers' latest film is an intensely naturalistic tale of deception and desperation that retains the hallmarks of their celebrated body of work.
Subscriber Access Only Funny People
The king of raunchy comedy makes a movie about comedy—and about death. But it's overly ambitious, and in the end, a bit of a sprawling mess.
Subscriber Access Only We've Won the Lottery—Now What?
The meaning of evangelical scandals—including our own.
Subscriber Access Only Harry Potter: Good or Evil?
Readers react as the debate continues over the merits (or lack thereof) of Harry Potter.
Subscriber Access Only Four Letter Word
Subscriber Access Only Cheaters & Thieves
Subscriber Access Only Following the Outrageous Carpenter
David Wilcox says he's had to learn to break free from his "gated community" and to tag along with Jesus.
Subscriber Access Only More Than a Sexy Cause
Social justice is 'fashionable' these days, but how do we keep it from being just a passing fancy? Donald Miller and others addressed that question in Nashville recently.
Subscriber Access Only An Open Letter to ESPN the Magazine
Regarding your plans to one-up Sports Illustrated with a "no-clothes" issue ...
Subscriber Access Only Seminaries in Peril
Government evaluation threatens training of Swedish pastors.
Subscriber Access Only Orphan
Scary story and questionable filmmaking choices make Orphan extremely hard to watch.
Subscriber Access Only That Keeps the Doctor Away?
What health recommendation did Britain's National Health Service recently make? What songs are two mothers suing about? And other questions from this week's news.
Subscriber Access Only G-Force
Another Disney family action-comedy with computer-animated animal agents—but G-Force is no Bolt.
Subscriber Access Only The Ugly Truth
A boorish man gives an uptight woman tips on catching a man in this "romantic comedy" that is rather ugly but, despite the title, rings very false.
Subscriber Access Only The Answer Man
The actors do their best with a half-baked script in this comedy about a "spiritual" self-help author who is as clueless as his readers.
Subscriber Access Only The Lab Rat of the 21st Century
The new executive director at the Center for Bioethics and Human Dignity discusses recent bioethical debates.
Subscriber Access Only Same Old Place
Subscriber Access Only Stockholm Syndrome
Subscriber Access Only A Happier Audience
Director Leo McCarey (An Affair to Remember, The Bells of St. Mary's) wanted his viewers to leave the theaters with a smile on their faces.
Subscriber Access Only Green Bible, Horse Bible, What Bible?
Which niche Bible is coming out in September? Why did a bishop receive a 10-day sentence? Test your knowledge of this week's news.
Subscriber Access Only The Hurt Locker
In the best (and most torturously tense) Iraq war movie yet made, we are given front-row seats for all the heroism and hell that is modern warfare.
Subscriber Access Only (500) Days of Summer
Boy loves girl, girl says there is no such thing as love; their relationship unfolds over the course of 500 days in this extraordinarily creative rom-com.
Subscriber Access Only Christian Groups Eye Hate Crimes Bill
Leaders appear divided over whether the law would hinder their right to address homosexuality.
Subscriber Access Only The Great Evangelical Anxiety
Why change is not our most important product.
Subscriber Access Only Creating a Tear-Jerker Ending
Donald Miller hints at what to expect from his upcoming book.
Subscriber Access Only The Heresy of 'Individualism'?
The 'individualism' we profess is not only not a heresy—it is at the heart of the gospel.
Subscriber Access Only Glory Revealed II
Subscriber Access Only The Power of Israel
Spinning off the title of his latest CD, Israel Houghton says that yes, one person can change the world—and he's living proof.
Subscriber Access Only Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
The boy wizard and his friends grow up, experience romance, learn about Voldemort's beginnings, and more. PLUS: Is Harry the Chosen One?
Subscriber Access Only An Open Letter to Brett Favre
There's a season for everything, and for the great QB, now's the time to stay retired.
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Honduran Hiatus
Political crisis disrupts short-term missions season, prompts introspection by church leaders.
Subscriber Access Only Is Harry the Chosen One?
As Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince opens, we are once again reminded of the characteristics that make him something of a Christ figure.
Subscriber Access Only A Private Matter
Forced resignation of Southern Baptist leader prompts calls for transparency.
Subscriber Access Only You're Ejected!
What did a man do to get thrown out of Yankee Stadium? How many Legos does it take to build a 1:37 model of Noah's ark? And other questions from this week's news.
Subscriber Access Only Why You Can't Just 'Love Your Neighbor'
According to Benedict XVI's new encyclical, trying to love people without knowing the truth about them leads to mere sentiment and will do them harm.
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Calvin: Man for the Mainline
Reformer's 500th birthday draws out diverse cast of admirers.
Subscriber Access Only I Love You, Beth Cooper
Denis Cooverman might love Beth Cooper, but we don't.
Subscriber Access Only The Singing Bengal
Ben Utecht, tight end for the NFL's Cincinnati Bengals, scores a touchdown with his music career too.
Subscriber Access Only CDs on The List
Short reviews of new albums by Jars of Clay, Phillip LaRue, and Billy Ray Cyrus.
Subscriber Access Only Blood and Desperation
Aaron Strumpel returns human struggle to the Psalms.
Subscriber Access Only From Fireproof to Florida
Producer of Fireproof and Facing the Giants forms own Christian studio in Orlando, begins shooting his first movie, Letters to God, due in 2010.
Subscriber Access Only Captain Abu Raed
This heartwarming Jordanian fable about a janitor with a dream puts cookie-cutter characters in a boilerplate plot, but still might make you cheer.
Subscriber Access Only Lay Down Your Fireworks
On what date was the original Independence Day? How much debt has Oral Roberts University come out of? And other questions from this week's news.
Subscriber Access Only An Open Letter to Donte Stallworth
Concerning the overall public indignation about Michael Vick's possible NFL reinstatement.
Subscriber Access Only The Scandal of the Public Evangelical
What we really have to offer the world.
Subscriber Access Only Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs
With more action, a contagious spunk, and a new character who's cooler than a glacier, the third Ice Age movie is a joyful, energetic ride.
Subscriber Access Only Voiceless Women
The Stoning Of Soraya M. exposes a dark side of Islam.
Subscriber Access Only The Rotisserie Chicken Gospel
Author Susan Isaacs on comedy, church hopping, and having a 'middle-class white girl's Dark Night of the Soul.'
You Need a More Ordinary Jesus
You Need a More Ordinary Jesus
We are united with a Christ who seems not to have done much of note for most of his life.