May (Web-only) 2009

Subscriber Access Only Lost Pentecost
How to capture a richer meaning of our Sunday for the Holy Spirit.
Subscriber Access Only A Scottish Bummer
Why did the Scottish government express disappointment? What word won the National Spelling Bee? And other questions from this week's news.
Subscriber Access Only Up
Pixar's latest—about an old widower and a young boy who find themselves on an adventure—blends humor and pathos to create another masterpiece.
Subscriber Access Only Drag Me to Hell
Beneath its terrifying exterior, this horror flick offers a morally and theologically fascinating exploration of the Calvinist doctrine of total depravity.
Subscriber Access Only Few Red Flags Found in Sotomayor's Religion-Related Cases
President Obama's Supreme Court pick generally sided with religious freedom.
Subscriber Access Only Hold Time
M. Ward's songs of love, loss, death—and redemption.
Subscriber Access Only Will There Really Be a Morning
Subscriber Access Only God Don't Never Change
Subscriber Access Only Mental Health and Wealth
Also: A religious-rights test case on the lam.
Subscriber Access Only Pete Docter, Pixar's Star Director, Talks about His Christian Faith
Pete Docter, director of the new Pixar film Up, says that as a Christian he's learned that relationships matter more than anything—and his new movie shows it.
Subscriber Access Only Night at the Museum: Battle for the Smithsonian
Ben Stiller returns as a security guard in yet another magical museum, but there’s just not much magic—or human connection—here.
Subscriber Access Only Speak the Gospel
Use deeds when necessary.
Subscriber Access Only Terminator Salvation
With a theme about the heart separating humans from machines, this post-apocalyptic sequel forgets the heart as it mechanically tells a story.
Subscriber Access Only Saints, Sinners, and Salvation
The Terminator franchise—including the new Terminator Salvation—is full of religious imagery, much of it ultimately embracing hope for mankind.
Subscriber Access Only To Swear or Not to Swear?
Our recent commentary about Derek Webb's battle with his record company over the use of a bad word sparked quite a reaction from readers.
Subscriber Access Only Jesus and the Terminator
Biblical allusions run throughout the series.
Subscriber Access Only Open Hand
Subscriber Access Only 'I Kind of Wanted to Die'
Lanae Hale's struggles with self-esteem and self-mutilation continue to haunt her, but her faith is helping on the road to recovery.
Subscriber Access Only 'I Try to Be a Christian'
Orson Welles had a Catholic upbringing and was involved in several projects based on the Bible, but he mostly identified with Shakespeare's Falstaff—a Christ figure 'decorated with vices.'
Subscriber Access Only Man of His Time for All Times
W. Robert Godfrey paints popular portrait of Calvin as pilgrim and pastor.
Subscriber Access Only Summer Hours
This French film tells a story of death and grieving, but it's anything but depressing—it's a celebration of life and family.
Subscriber Access Only Management
A quirky romance between two unlikely lovers manages to be moving, despite an uneven story.
Subscriber Access Only The Brothers Bloom
Quirky, stylish caper film revels in the blurry line between real life and storytelling.
Subscriber Access Only Christian Children's Fund Drops 'Christian' from Name
The organization hopes the new name will broaden its reach.
Subscriber Access Only Angels & Demons
The sequel to The Da Vinci Code is marginally more entertaining and a bit better in its treatment of religion, but it's still fundamentally silly and inaccurate.
Subscriber Access Only O'Horten
A taciturn railway engineer retires and must find a new life, while encountering many strange experiences along the way.
Subscriber Access Only Operation Squirrel
Lots of birthday candles for Baptists, feuding Pentecostal pastors, and more.
Subscriber Access Only Is the Fight to Swear a Noble Battle?
With Derek Webb's announcement of a battle over his newest album, some may applaud his apparent stand for the right to swear. But is it really worth the fight?
Subscriber Access Only What's Next for The Gospel Coalition
Co-founder Don Carson on the organization's growth.
Subscriber Access Only The New (Evangelical) Mainline
American evangelicalism is displacing the old mainline. How do we keep from suffering the same fate?
Subscriber Access Only Is Hollywood Anti-Catholic?
Angels & Demons, Catholicism and the "Last Acceptable Prejudice"
Subscriber Access Only Everyday with You
Subscriber Access Only When the Stranger Knocks
The influx of immigrants to the U.S. means a new mission field for churches, says World Relief's Jenny Hwang.
Subscriber Access Only Rudo y Cursi
Ample talents largely squandered in Mexican soccer movie moonlighting as a moral fable
Subscriber Access Only How to Handle the Next Pandemic
Christians at their best have an odd answer.
Subscriber Access Only Star Trek
The venerable sci-fi series has never been this flashy or exciting—or as uninterested in big ideas—as it is in this part sequel, part prequel, and part reboot.
Subscriber Access Only Secular or Sacred?
Or neither? We should stop trying to define a dividing line, because when it comes to music, it's all spiritual.
Subscriber Access Only Ego, Super-Ego, & Id
Why we've always found the Trek triumvirate of Kirk, Spock, and McCoy so, ahem, fascinating.
Subscriber Access Only Q & A: 'Joe the Plumber'
The man who became a metaphor for the average American in the 2008 election tells CT about his Christian faith and the future of the Republican Party.
Subscriber Access Only Mobile No More
How does the biblical storyline relate to America's all-time-low moving rate?
Subscriber Access Only Obsessed
A thriller about romantic fixation is deflated by an unconvincing antagonist but does try to raise worthwhile questions about marital integrity.
Subscriber Access Only Commencement Speaker Mayday
Also: What not to preach when renting and why Americans leave church.
Subscriber Access Only The Limits of Control
Jim Jarmusch offers a confounding but beautiful look at meaning, language, and spirituality set in surrealist Spain, but it might test the limits of audience attention.
Subscriber Access Only The Merry Gentleman
A contract killer and an abused housewife strike up an unlikely friendship in a story of guilt, grace and everything that falls in between.
Subscriber Access Only Battle for Terra
An ambitious animated sci-fi parable, Battle for Terra has visual style to burn, but its politically correct tale of rapacious invaders and noble natives is less interesting than the world in which the story is set.
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Do This in Remembrance
Do This in Remembrance
Participating in the “high holy day” of American civil religion is beneficial for Christians, so long as we do so thoughtfully.