December (Web-only) 2014

Evil Is a True Thing
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This year, the stories we told ourselves often explored the origins of evil, with surprising answers.
Readers’ Top 26 Questions of 2014
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Readers’ Top 26 Questions of 2014
If we really wanted pageviews, we’d do a story on whether Jesus rescued animals from hell.
He Said, She Said
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Memory and its link to justice were a hot topic for 2014's pop culture.
Making Room For Those With None
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We all know there was no room for Christ at the inn. But is it the same in our own lives? A guest post by Sherry Woods
Biblical Archaeology’s Top Ten Discoveries of 2014
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A glimpse at the important work that goes on at excavations every year.
Pop Culture Gets Religion
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Introducing a series on what captivated us in 2014.
Selma
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Masterful, compelling, confessional, necessary viewing.
Into the Woods
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Nothing is black and white, even in a fairy tale.
How Egypt's Government Is Trying to Get Christians to Follow Jesus
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Long-dormant pilgrimage route focuses on Jesus' post-Christmas journey.
How to Make a Comedy and Assassinate Your Political Enemies
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Here's how it's done.
'Annie' and the Big Issues
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Movies can do so much more than advertise products and give us a jolt of personal-fulfillment feel-goods. But not this one.
Jesus and 'Jingle Bell Rock'
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I’ve learned that there’s no dividing line between ‘American Christmas’ and ‘Christian Christmas.’
Unbroken
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A tale of triumph, but not the right one.
Sagrada: The Mystery of Creation
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Witnessing a magnificent work in progress.
Ambition: Why It Isn’t Just for Men (or Business)
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An excerpt from ‘The Measure of Success: Uncovering the Biblical Perspective on Women, Work, and the Home’.
The Best Books to Read This Christmas (That You Won't Find in a Christian Bookstore)
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The Best Books to Read This Christmas (That You Won't Find in a Christian Bookstore)
Sarah Arthur recommends 10 under-the-radar titles.
Always Advent and Never Christmas?
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Getting serious about the season of preparation? Don’t skimp on the celebration.
Overcoming Cynicism, Even After You’ve Seen How the Sausage Is Made
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An excerpt from ‘Visions of Vocation: Common Grace for the Common Good.'
St. Nick, Patron of Pawn Shops
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The little-known history of Christianity’s icon of generosity.
Please Stop Asking 'But What About...?'
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True sympathy is wonderful. Playing one form of suffering against another is not.
Can Our Art Deal With Our World?
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There's more of it than ever before, and part of the problem is ours.
The Church Is Slime (in a Good Way!)
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An excerpt from ‘The New Parish: How Neighborhood Churches are Transforming Mission, Discipleship and Community.’
The Dangers of Door-to-Door Evangelism
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Why winning people for Christ needs something better than a polished sales pitch.
Why Torture Is a Complete Failure
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Former war crimes prosecutor: Legally, morally, and practically, ‘enhanced interrogation’ does not work.
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
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In which myth becomes a mess.
Inherent Vice
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The center was not holding.
Christian Bale and Joel Edgerton on Making a Modern 'Exodus'
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The actors talked with CT about the new epic film.
How To Be A Christlike Ally
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Many of us want to be allies to our African American brothers and sisters but don't know how. The incarnation of Jesus shows us the way.
Moses at the Movies
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When we trace more than a century of movies about the Exodus, what do we learn?
Exodus: Gods and Kings
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Ten reasons to not be hardhearted toward Ridley Scott’s biblical epic.
Kay Warren: Stop Sending Cheery Christmas Cards
Kay Warren: Stop Sending Cheery Christmas Cards
When you don't mention our son's tragic death, it only hurts more.
Evangelical Sex Talk Is About Much More Than Sex
Evangelical Sex Talk Is About Much More Than Sex
Our views on life inside the bedroom can shape our approach to life outside the bedroom.
The News Roundup: More James Bond, A ‘Turtles’ Sequel, and ‘Frozen’ Fever
The News Roundup: More James Bond, A ‘Turtles’ Sequel, and ‘Frozen’ Fever
Plus awards, pilots, a ‘Walking Dead’ spinoff, and more.
The Critics Roundup: ‘Penguins of Madagascar’ and ‘The Homesman’
The Critics Roundup: ‘Penguins of Madagascar’ and ‘The Homesman’
A new Western and a bunch of wacky birds.
The Streaming Roundup: ‘Goldfinger,’ ‘Son of God,’ and ‘Stuart Little 2’
The Streaming Roundup: ‘Goldfinger,’ ‘Son of God,’ and ‘Stuart Little 2’
Plus ‘American Beauty’ and ‘A Knight’s Tale.’

Wild
Wild
A pilgrim on a journey to the Bridge of the Gods.
Ferguson, Church, and Continuing the Conversation
Ferguson, Church, and Continuing the Conversation
How can we continue the conversation on race in every season? A guest post by Rich Villodas
A United Evangelical Response: The System Failed Eric Garner
A United Evangelical Response: The System Failed Eric Garner
What pastors, professors, and others are saying about the grand jury's decision not to indict.
What One Racially Divided Family Can Do
What One Racially Divided Family Can Do
Two small steps that may start to address the black/white divide in the church.
Why the Ebola Crisis Needs a More Biblical Response
Why the Ebola Crisis Needs a More Biblical Response
Ministry leaders empower West African Christians to do what no government or hospital can do.
Defending the Workplace Baby Bump
Defending the Workplace Baby Bump
Pro-life and pro-choice groups unite as the Supreme Court considers pregnancy discrimination.
Stepping into 'The Red Tent'
Stepping into 'The Red Tent'
The Lifetime adaptation of Anita Diamant’s novel about Dinah departs radically from the Bible - and that may be a good thing.
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The Greatest Threat to the Church Isn’t Islam—It’s Us
The Greatest Threat to the Church Isn’t Islam—It’s Us
A leading Nigerian theologian believes the real danger to Christianity in Africa is in the church.