July (Web-only) 2014

The Sympathetic Doomsday Cult Leader
The Sympathetic Doomsday Cult LeaderSubscriber Access Only
'Afflict the comfortable, and comfort the afflicted,' says indie director Joshua Overbay.
Gladys and the Guilty Remnant's Gospel
Gladys and the Guilty Remnant's GospelSubscriber Access Only
Finally, a key. A fiery, silent key.
Calvary
CalvarySubscriber Access Only
A good man is hard to find.
Why We're Dropping Comments (On Some Articles)Subscriber Access Only
We still want to hear from you. And we want you to enjoy reading our site.
Everything's Turning Up Apocalypse
Everything's Turning Up ApocalypseSubscriber Access Only
But in some less-than-obvious ways.
Lucy
LucySubscriber Access Only
Strong women at movies: still the missing link.
The Quick Take for July 25, 2014
The Quick Take for July 25, 2014Subscriber Access Only
Lots of superhero news, and the Christian critic who was surprised at the marriage behind 'Sex Tape.'
Hercules
HerculesSubscriber Access Only
Talk about your therapeutic moral demigods.
Introducing the Bible! Now with Less!
Introducing the Bible! Now with Less!Subscriber Access Only
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
The Good Ministers of the Silver ScreenSubscriber Access Only
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
Mosul Christian: Thanks for Changing Your #WeAreN PhotoSubscriber Access Only
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'
What We Talk About When We Talk About 'Birth Control'Subscriber Access Only
Meaningful debate requires us to define the terms of discussion.
The Rorschach Antichrist
The Rorschach AntichristSubscriber Access Only
Mapleton: putting the "false Christ" into Christmas.
I Origins
I OriginsSubscriber Access Only
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
New Executive Orders on LGBT Discrimination Don't Exempt Religious OrgsSubscriber Access Only
(UPDATED) But Obama won't withdraw memo on religious discrimination.
The Quick Take for July 18, 2014
The Quick Take for July 18, 2014Subscriber Access Only
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
A Five Star LifeSubscriber Access Only
Is there really only one way to live luxuriously?
'The Virgins' Are On Their Way
'The Virgins' Are On Their Way Subscriber Access Only
Matt Wilson never stopped wanting to make a movie about Christians. Just not a 'Christian' movie.
Beyond the Echo Chamber on Gender Roles
Beyond the Echo Chamber on Gender RolesSubscriber Access Only
Our notion of male and female begins with a robust understanding of creation.
We Miserable Sinners
We Miserable SinnersSubscriber Access Only
Making good 'Christian' movies is a matter of being a wretch.
Religious Freedom vs. LGBT Rights? It's More Complicated
Religious Freedom vs. LGBT Rights? It's More ComplicatedSubscriber Access Only
The legal context for what's happening at Gordon College, and how Christians can respond despite intense cultural backlash.
But He Was Silent
But He Was SilentSubscriber Access Only
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
What I Learned About Movies from a Well-Read DogSubscriber Access Only
And why I'll be blogging here.
Andy Stanley: Assume People Are Biblically Illiterate (But Not Dumb)
Andy Stanley: Assume People Are Biblically Illiterate (But Not Dumb)Subscriber Access Only
The North Point pastor says the way we teach Scripture can undermine evangelism.
My Bright Sadness
My Bright SadnessSubscriber Access Only
Coaching an urban youth swim team requires deeper capacities for sadness and hope.
The Quick Take for July 11, 2014
The Quick Take for July 11, 2014Subscriber Access Only
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
Dawn of the Planet of the ApesSubscriber Access Only
Are we really doomed to this?
Penguins, Trees, and Tragedies
Penguins, Trees, and TragediesSubscriber Access Only
Commentary and recap of the second episode of 'The Leftovers': 'Penguin One, Us Zero.'
Tammy
TammySubscriber Access Only
Do women really relate best to a woman who is a hot mess?
The Quick Take for July 4, 2014
The Quick Take for July 4, 2014Subscriber Access Only
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
Life ItselfSubscriber Access Only
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
America's Founding May Not Have Been Christian, but It Sure Wasn't Anti-ChristianSubscriber Access Only
An atheist philosopher ignores religion’s place in Revolutionary America.
Earth to Echo
Earth to EchoSubscriber Access Only
A film that desperately wants to be a modern-day E.T. falls woefully short.
Deliver Us From Evil
Deliver Us From EvilSubscriber Access Only
The biggest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing us he didn't exist.
Snowpiercer
SnowpiercerSubscriber Access Only
Is it dystopian? Is it apocalyptic? Either way, 'Snowpiercer' is dazzlingly imaginative and unconventional.
The First Amendment Decision Nobody's Talking About
The First Amendment Decision Nobody's Talking AboutSubscriber Access Only
While the Hobby Lobby case is higher profile, the Supreme Court's unanimous First Amendment decision last week has greater staying power.
The Biggest Loser in the Alabama Election
The Biggest Loser in the Alabama Election
It’s not Republicans or Democrats, but Christian witness.