October (Web-only) 2014

Top 10 Books on the Protestant Reformation
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Top 10 Books on the Protestant Reformation
A Reformation Day list, picked by historians and theologians.
The Critics Roundup: 'St. Vincent' and 'Jane the Virgin'
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You know you love Bill Murray.
Nightcrawler
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Jake Gyllenhaal does some of his best work in a weird, grotesque, disturbing tale of the mediated life.
The Streaming Roundup: November Shows and Indie Horror
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Plus, more to watch this weekend.
Is Gospel Amnesia Creating a Third Great Schism?
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Andrew Walker and Robin Parry seek wisdom from the Christian past to heal modern-day church divisions.
Toward a Definition of 'Religious' Cinema
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A modest proposal, lowercase and capital.
Mark Labberton: This Is the Best of Times for Following Jesus
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The Fuller Seminary president sees the church’s moment of cultural exile as a moment of incredible opportunity.
When We Don't Get A Happy Ending
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Even when our lives don't go as we had hoped, not all hope is lost.
Pugilistic Pastors
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The fascinating documentary 'Fight Church' asks: Are Christianity and cage fights compatible?
New Poll Finds Evangelicals’ Favorite Heresies
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Survey finds many American evangelicals hold unorthodox views on the Trinity, salvation, and other doctrines.
The Book of Life
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Visually splendid tale of myth and wonder, though not without some disappointingly modern conclusions.
White Bird in a Blizzard
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The latest from YA-adaptation darling Shailene Woodley is disappointingly self-centered.
Bless This Tackle? Not a Prayer
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Christians’ misguided fight for football devotions isn’t working.
When Pastors Lose Their Swagger
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When pastors lose their swagger, they find the true heart of ministry.
Antiheroes and Saints
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Where do we get the inclination to emulate or praise our protagonists?
Chasing the Christian Movie Audience
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The new art and science of reaching the fifth quadrant.
How Culture Shapes Scientists' Thinking About God's Planet
Subscriber Access Only How Culture Shapes Scientists' Thinking About God's Planet
Former Harvard astronomer Owen Gingerich challenges the notion that religion and science inhabit separate spheres.
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You Need a More Ordinary Jesus
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We are united with a Christ who seems not to have done much of note for most of his life.
The Streaming Roundup: Intellectually Engaged Christians and HBO Stand-Alones
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Plus, they'll be there for you, starting in January.
The News Roundup: Superhero Casting and Harry Potter Spinoffs
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Plus trailers and the (very familiar) 2015 Oscar host.
The Critics Roundup: 'The Best of Me' and 'The Flash'
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A faster superhero show and yet another forgettable Sparks romance.
One Chance
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The inspiring story of Paul Potts, the frumpy opera buff who won "Britain’s Got Talent."
Fury
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What if war isn’t hell? What if it’s purgatory?
Birdman
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A tale told by an idiot, signifying everything.
How Boko Haram's Terror Is Changing Nigeria's Churches
Subscriber Access Only How Boko Haram's Murders and Kidnappings Are Changing Nigeria's Churches
Leading Nigerian evangelical says Christians won’t abandon the North.
Preachers on the Web: 'Plant' and 'Leaving Eden'
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Two short-form web series explore the lives of ministers and congregations.
Mark Driscoll Resigns from Mars Hill
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Mark Driscoll Resigns from Mars Hill
"I do not want to be the source of anything that might detract from our church’s mission."
Really, It's Okay To Be Single
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In order to protect marriage, we should be careful not to denigrate singleness.
Facing ISIS, Middle Eastern Evangelicals Exchange Strategies
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Christians meet with Sunni Islam's top leader, test other responses to extremists.
Embedded Sin and 'The Honorable Woman'
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A show that explores the Middle East conflict, and a whole lot more.
Whiplash
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A film about art, discipline, and the benefits of someone who cracks the whip.
Hong Kong Christians Lead Protests for Democracy
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As the island city braces for another week of gridlock, faith is in the foreground.
The News Roundup: More 'Meatballs' and An All-Female 'Ghostbusters'
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Plus a bunch of trailers and Yahoo! gets into TV.
The Streaming Roundup: All the Scary Movies and Kid Flicks
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Plus, keep up with The Flash and find Forrester.
The Critics Roundup: 'Gracepoint' and 'Men, Women & Children'
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A show and a movie about the evil lurking in every human heart.
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
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All of its characters are having the worst day, but the movie certainly isn't.
Dracula Untold
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For Peter Pan filmmaking, it's not that bad.
The Judge
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Like watching the All-Star game: nobody cares who wins.
5 Guidelines for Living in a Pluralist Society
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Protestant Christianity is losing the mainstream status it once enjoyed. How to model a winsome faith anyway.
'Girls' and the Conservatives
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Lena Dunham might be more self-aware than some assume.
What Not to Say to a Dad With Four Kids
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Generalize not, lest ye be generalized
Some Final Notes on 'Left Behind'
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Responding to some of the responses, and drawing lines in the sand.
Fishing Without Nets
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Seeing the Somali pirates from the other side.
The Critics Roundup: “How to Get Away With Murder” and “The Equalizer”
Subscriber Access Only The Critics Roundup: “How to Get Away With Murder” and “The Equalizer”
Viola Davis and Denzel Washington get away with a whole lot.
The Streaming Roundup: “The Fault in Our Stars” and Getting Away With Murder
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And a lot more to watch, including a show about a futuristic King Kong.
The News Roundup: “Exodus” and a New Pixar Trailer
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Plus a long-lost Sherlock movie and more.
New York Film Festival: “Whiplash” and “Maps to the Stars”
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A musical crowd-pleaser from a new director, and something else entirely.
Gone Girl
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Take a deep, deep, very deep breath.
The Boxtrolls
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They worked so hard on the animation that they forgot to write a good story.
The Good Lie
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A stirring tale about the Lost Boys of Sudan raises a good question: Is it ever OK to fib?
The Missionary India Never Forgot
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The Missionary India Never Forgot
In just 13 years and a grand total of 250 converts, Bartholomaeus Ziegenbalg changed the course of modern missions.
Left Behind
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Not a "Christian movie." Not even close.
Lazy Cultural Engagement
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Can we stop proof-texting culture?
On Being An Angry ______ Person
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For minorities, there is a big difference between having an anger problem and having a problem that makes you angry.
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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.