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February (Web-only) 2016

The Christians, the Soviets, and the Bible
The Christians, the Soviets, and the Bible
‘The Americans’ has handled Christianity in a way unlike almost any other show. What’s going on?
Q+A with Oscar Nominee: What’s So Funny About the West Bank?
Q+A with Oscar Nominee: What’s So Funny About the West Bank?
Basil Khalil’s irreverent and insightful ‘Ave Maria’ sheds light on Arab Christians.
Did Will Smith Deserve an Oscar Nomination?
Did Will Smith Deserve an Oscar Nomination?
How do we judge good acting? And why does it matter?
Why Max Lucado Broke His Political Silence for Trump
Why Max Lucado Broke His Political Silence for Trump
In the face of a candidate’s antics, ‘America’s Pastor’ speaks out.
Contact With Mystery
Contact With Mystery
On Cormac McCarthy, Flannery O’Connor, and what 'The Revenant' misses on purpose.
How Trump Tempts Us
How Trump Tempts Us
Politics is not about one thing, but many things held in tension.
Mavis Staples: Voice of Joy and Justice
Mavis Staples: Voice of Joy and Justice
The new HBO documentary “Mavis!” takes a look at the woman who has lent her distinct voice to the cause of love for more than six decades.
Kanye West’s Work-in-Progress
Kanye West’s Work-in-Progress
Why the rapper’s new “gospel” album, The Life of Pablo, has Christians curious.
Puppets and Predestination
Puppets and Predestination
Charlie Kaufman's stories are curiously devoid of religion but loaded with religious concerns.
On Dying and Reckoning with the Prosperity Gospel
On Dying and Reckoning with the Prosperity Gospel
How church historian Kate Bowler's cancer diagnosis brought her face-to-face with the beauty and terror of the popular movement.
Race, Religion, and the Republican Dilemma
Race, Religion, and the Republican Dilemma
The church has an opportunity to encourage human flourishing even more.
10 Obscure Gospel Moments Most Jesus Films Miss
10 Obscure Gospel Moments Most Jesus Films Miss
A look at commonly neglected gospel stories and films that depict them.
The Humble Coach Behind Celebrity Christianity
The Humble Coach Behind Celebrity Christianity
Remembering the tenacity and ironies of Fellowship of Christian Athletes founder Don McClanen.
Searching for the Exit in ‘The Twilight Zone’
Searching for the Exit in ‘The Twilight Zone’
Not only is the classic sci-fi show entertaining—it has a fascinating take on the afterlife.
Dispatch from Berlinale—‘Zero Days’
Dispatch from Berlinale—‘Zero Days’
A compelling and essential documentary about worms, terrorism, cyber warfare, and Stuxnet.
Dispatch from Berlinale—'The Son of Joseph'
Dispatch from Berlinale—'The Son of Joseph'
Biblical allusions abound in a farcical, good-hearted French tale.
Antonin Scalia: Devout Christian, Worldly Judge
Antonin Scalia: Devout Christian, Worldly Judge
A faithful man lives out his faith on the bench with restraint.
Can We Survive the Visual Tsunami?
Can We Survive the Visual Tsunami?
Could there be a deeper rationale for the first commandment?
Closing Windows
Closing Windows
Searching for truth in the information age? Try Google.
Dispatch from Berlinale—‘Alone in Berlin’
Dispatch from Berlinale—‘Alone in Berlin’
A misfire that had great potential.
Dispatch from Berlinale—‘The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble’
Dispatch from Berlinale—‘The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble’
This joy-filled music documentary also makes a case for friendship across traditions and borders.
God Loved Alexander Hamilton
God Loved Alexander Hamilton
But did this particular Founding Father love God?
Joseph Fiennes Talks About Playing a Skeptic in ‘Risen’
Joseph Fiennes Talks About Playing a Skeptic in ‘Risen’
The star of the upcoming Bible film talks about his new film, the nature of belief, gladiator school, and Eric Liddell.
Dispatch from Berlinale–'A Quiet Passion'
Dispatch from Berlinale–'A Quiet Passion'
A film about the life of Emily Dickinson evokes what it meant to see life through the poet's twin obsessions with mortality and eternity.
Dispatch from Berlinale–'Midnight Special'
Dispatch from Berlinale–'Midnight Special'
The latest from Jeff Nichols that is something quite different beneath the scifi surface.
First Love, Last Love: Courtship Culture and the Teen Cancer Romance
First Love, Last Love: Courtship Culture and the Teen Cancer Romance
Movies like 'A Walk to Remember,' 'Twilight,' and 'The Fault in Our Stars' have picked up on a key facet of the way we talk about teen romance.
God's Place in Black History
God's Place in Black History
Looking to the past provides direction for the current fight for justice.
The Best Books to Read for Lent (That You Won't Find in a Christian Bookstore)
The Best Books to Read for Lent (That You Won't Find in a Christian Bookstore)
Ten examples of literature and poetry that nurture and confront the soul.
What Wheaton, Hawkins, and Others Said at Public Reconciliation Attempt
What Wheaton, Hawkins, and Others Said at Public Reconciliation Attempt
(UPDATED) Ryken: We are 'trusting as a campus for God to restore what's been lost.' Hawkins: 'Embodied solidarity continues its journey.'
Why a Post-Christian Nation Needs a President of Faith
Why a Post-Christian Nation Needs a President of Faith
Religion gives candidates an advantage in advocating for all.
Why Lent Is Good for Bad Christians
Why Lent Is Good for Bad Christians
The somber season leading up to Easter might feel like punishment. In fact, for people like me, it's sheer grace.
The Year in Liturgical Cinema: Ash Wednesday and Lent
The Year in Liturgical Cinema: Ash Wednesday and Lent
In "The Revenant," "The Grey," and "Ikiru," we reflect on mortality and repentance.
3 Reasons Election Season Is Good For You
3 Reasons Election Season Is Good For You
It’s easy to despair over candidates, but we have good reason to celebrate this time in our country’s life.
The Wheaton Controversy Ends, but I’m Still Torn
The Wheaton Controversy Ends, but I’m Still Torn
My struggle to understand the complicated relationship between trust, truth, and transparency.
When Art Doesn't Make Us Better People
When Art Doesn't Make Us Better People
"The Club," a disturbing film about guilt and damnation, raises questions about art that resists creating empathy.
An Ambassador to the ‘Spiritual but Not Religious’
An Ambassador to the ‘Spiritual but Not Religious’
Why David Dark thinks it’s a mistake to reject the R-word.
Pride, Prejudice, Zombies, and Straw Men
Pride, Prejudice, Zombies, and Straw Men
It's not a satire. It's not a comedy. It's not anything, really.
7 New Theology Books You Should Read This Year
7 New Theology Books You Should Read This Year
A list to help you grow intellectually and spiritually.
To Hope All Things About the American Voter
To Hope All Things About the American Voter
Can Christians transcend the nihilism of our politics?
A Better Way to Be Evangelical
A Better Way to Be Evangelical
"You keep using that word. I don't think it means what you think it means."
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'Hail, Caesar!' — A Tale of the Christ?
'Hail, Caesar!' — A Tale of the Christ?
"Hail, Caesar!" is both a romp through Hollywood's Golden Age and an unlikely Passion Play.
I Know Why the Government Went After Pro-Life Journalists
I Know Why the Government Went after Pro-Life Investigative Journalists
For those determined to speak out according to our deeply held beliefs, the price tag is becoming increasingly steep.
Are Pro-Lifers Borrowing Pro-Choice Philosophy?
Why Are Pro-Lifers Borrowing Pro-Choice Philosophy?
Pre-Roe v. Wade, the pro-life movement vehemently denounced the idea that the end justifies the means.
After Fire Kills 40 Orphans, Guatemala Finally Listens to Evangelicals
After 40 Girls Die in Orphanage Fire, Guatemala Asks Evangelicals for Advice
Tragedy becomes impetus for reforms sought by Christian experts.