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July (Web-only) 2014

The Sympathetic Doomsday Cult Leader
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'Afflict the comfortable, and comfort the afflicted,' says indie director Joshua Overbay.
Gladys and the Guilty Remnant's Gospel
Subscriber Access Only Gladys and the Guilty Remnant's Gospel
Finally, a key. A fiery, silent key.
Calvary
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A good man is hard to find.
Subscriber Access Only Why We're Dropping Comments (On Some Articles)
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Everything's Turning Up Apocalypse
Subscriber Access Only Everything's Turning Up Apocalypse
But in some less-than-obvious ways.
Lucy
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Strong women at movies: still the missing link.
The Quick Take for July 25, 2014
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Lots of superhero news, and the Christian critic who was surprised at the marriage behind 'Sex Tape.'
Hercules
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Talk about your therapeutic moral demigods.
Introducing the Bible! Now with Less!
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Delete the chapter and verse numbers. Kill all the notes. Make it one column. Make a million bucks.
The Good Ministers of the Silver Screen
Subscriber Access Only The Good Ministers of the Silver Screen
Sure, there are badly-written clergy at TV and the movies. But it's the good ones that tell us something about what it is to be a minister.
Mosul Christian: Thanks for Changing Your #WeAreN Photo
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Mosul Christian: Thanks for Changing Your #WeAreN Photo
Believers in Iraq rally around label that forced them out of their homes and churches.
What We Talk About When We Talk About 'Birth Control'
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Meaningful debate requires us to define the terms of discussion.
The Rorschach Antichrist
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Mapleton: putting the "false Christ" into Christmas.
I Origins
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It's a movie about faith and science, but it can't get either right.
Executive Orders on LGBT Discrimination Don't Exempt Religious Orgs
Subscriber Access Only New Executive Orders on LGBT Discrimination Don't Exempt Religious Orgs
(UPDATED) But Obama won't withdraw memo on religious discrimination.
The Quick Take for July 18, 2014
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Star Wars news, 'Planes: Fire and Rescue,' and Paddington? Find out more, plus what the critics think about Zach Braff’s latest and 'Rio 2.'
A Five Star Life
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Is there really only one way to live luxuriously?
'The Virgins' Are On Their Way
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Matt Wilson never stopped wanting to make a movie about Christians. Just not a 'Christian' movie.
Beyond the Echo Chamber on Gender Roles
Subscriber Access Only Beyond the Echo Chamber on Gender Roles
Our notion of male and female begins with a robust understanding of creation.
We Miserable Sinners
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Making good 'Christian' movies is a matter of being a wretch.
Religious Freedom vs. LGBT Rights? It's More Complicated
Subscriber Access Only Religious Freedom vs. LGBT Rights? It's More Complicated
The legal context for what's happening at Gordon College, and how Christians can respond despite intense cultural backlash.
But He Was Silent
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Commentary on 'The Leftovers,' episode 3, in which the boats and the helicopter were just a lucky break.
What I Learned About Movies from a Well-Read Dog
Subscriber Access Only What I Learned About Movies from a Well-Read Dog
And why I'll be blogging here.
Andy Stanley: Assume People Are Biblically Illiterate (But Not Dumb)
Subscriber Access Only Andy Stanley: Assume People Are Biblically Illiterate (But Not Dumb)
The North Point pastor says the way we teach Scripture can undermine evangelism.
My Bright Sadness
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My Bright Sadness
Coaching an urban youth swim team requires deeper capacities for sadness and hope.
The Quick Take for July 11, 2014
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Sequels in the form of sitcoms and on the silver screen—what the critics are saying about 'Apes' and 'Girl Meets World.'
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
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Are we really doomed to this?
Penguins, Trees, and Tragedies
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Commentary and recap of the second episode of 'The Leftovers': 'Penguin One, Us Zero.'
Tammy
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Do women really relate best to a woman who is a hot mess?
The Quick Take for July 4, 2014
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What the critics are saying about Melissa McCarthy’s latest and some exciting news for 'Sherlock' fans in this week’s quick take.
Life Itself
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A heartfelt, clear-eyed tribute to Roger Ebert - and the form he pushed forward.
America's Founding May Not Have Been Christian, but It Sure Wasn't Secular
Subscriber Access Only America's Founding May Not Have Been Christian, but It Sure Wasn't Anti-Christian
An atheist philosopher ignores religion’s place in Revolutionary America.
Earth to Echo
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A film that desperately wants to be a modern-day E.T. falls woefully short.
Deliver Us From Evil
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The biggest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing us he didn't exist.
The Non-Christians Who Take the Bible Literally
Subscriber Access Only Meet the Non-Christians Who Take the Bible Literally, Word for Word
Only half of non-Christians think the Bible is a book of fables. So who are the ones who think every word of it is directly from God?
Snowpiercer
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Is it dystopian? Is it apocalyptic? Either way, 'Snowpiercer' is dazzlingly imaginative and unconventional.
The First Amendment Decision Nobody's Talking About
Subscriber Access Only The First Amendment Decision Nobody's Talking About
While the Hobby Lobby case is higher profile, the Supreme Court's unanimous First Amendment decision last week has greater staying power.
The Bible Never Says ‘All Men Are Created Equal’
The Bible Never Says ‘All Men Are Created Equal’
How the New Testament offers a better, higher calling than the Declaration of Independence.