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December (Web-only) 2013

Biblical Archaeology's Top Ten Discoveries of 2013
Biblical Archaeology's Top Ten Discoveries of 2013
A glimpse into the important work that goes on at excavations across Israel every year.
2013 Movie Picks: Mark Moring
2013 Movie Picks: Mark Moring
Zombies, boats, pirates, Calvin & Hobbes, tales of Nazi Germany, and Matthew McConaughey.
Chris Tomlin: On Top of the World
Chris Tomlin: On Top of the World
The most-sung artist in music history opens up about worship, justice, humility, and leading people to experience God on the most successful tour of his career.
Our Love Affair with the Letter 'i'
Our Love Affair with the Letter 'i'
Digital technology has the hallmarks of an alternative religion. How can we enjoy its blessings without falling into idolatry?
Blogging, Tweeting, and Instagramming in the Image of God
Blogging, Tweeting, and Instagramming in the Image of God
How the 'media event' of Scripture can teach us to use social media wisely.
August: Osage County
August: Osage County
Family: it hurts.
The Wolf of Wall Street
The Wolf of Wall Street
If you Google "off the hook," this is where you land.
Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues
Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues
Second verse, pretty much the same as the first.
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
Let us now praise average men.
Christmas Is For Everyone
Christmas Is For Everyone
The holiday’s jumble of pagan and Christian traditions just reflects how central it is for the imagination of the West.
Saving Mr. Banks
Saving Mr. Banks
Walt Disney tries to convince a skeptic . . . and wins.
Christ Doesn't Need Our Christmas Charity
Christ Doesn't Need Our Christmas Charity
Peter Greer, president/CEO of HOPE International, warns against do-gooderism that flaunts its goodness.
He Will Raise You Up on Vultures' Wings
He Will Raise You Up on Vultures' Wings
What I learned from bird-watching for Jesus.
Her
Her
A man, the phone he is dating, and the incomparable gift of the Incarnation.
Ann Voskamp's Simple, Upside-Down Christmas
Ann Voskamp's Simple, Upside-Down Christmas
The author of the year’s most popular Advent devotional shares her family traditions.
The Arrogance and Impatience of Church Planters
The Arrogance and Impatience of Church Planters
How slowing down helps us start stronger churches.
Should I Give a Cow or Cash for Christmas?
Should I Give a Cow or Cash for Christmas?
A guide to wise, charitable holiday giving.
American Hustle
American Hustle
A con artist film that is sometimes great fun, but never reaches the height of its characters' hairdos.
The Quick Take for December 13, 2013
The Quick Take for December 13, 2013
New House of Cards trailer, Christmas picks on Netflix, and more.
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
Can we really appreciate what's at stake if there's no risk involved?
China's Hardship-Hardened Church
China's Hardship-Hardened Church
Vibrant amid persecution, it seeks faithfulness over freedom.
The Case of the Mysterious Missing Books
The Case of the Mysterious Missing Books
Why do we fail to include some of this year's best books?
Why Christians Should Care about Nelson Mandela, Justice, and Gospel Proclamation
Why Christians Should Care about Nelson Mandela, Justice, and Gospel Proclamation
An imperfect leader, Mandela pursued justice in a god-fearing way that should inspire us.
The Real Problem with Mark Driscoll's 'Citation Errors'
The Real Problem with Mark Driscoll's 'Citation Errors'
And it isn't plagiarism.
Doctrine that Actually Delights
Doctrine that Actually Delights
J.I. Packer's Knowing God turns 40
A Nelson Mandela Inspired Fantasy
A Nelson Mandela Inspired Fantasy
What if evangelical leaders were to imitate the great South African—Yikes!
Frozen
Frozen
What kind of love can cast away fear from the Disney Princess?
Inside Llewyn Davis
Inside Llewyn Davis
The Coens are legend-building again, this time with a striking resemblance to one of their old characters.
Died: Nelson Mandela, South African Leader Who Fought Apartheid
Died: Nelson Mandela, South African Leader Who Stood Against Apartheid
The legacy of the president who prized reconciliation has much to teach Christians about the necessity, the difficulty, and the limits of politics.
Why Artists Belong in the Church Nursery
Why Artists Belong in the Church Nursery
Good things happen when the bearded arts guy takes on the toddler room.
The Blessings of Factory Farming
The Blessings of Factory Farming
A contrarian take on small, local agriculture.
A Word Can Be Worth a Thousand Pictures
A Word Can Be Worth a Thousand Pictures
Why the pulpit—and not the screen—still belongs at the center of our churches.