December (Web-only) 2002

"Clean Flicks, Illegal Flicks?"
"Clean Flicks, Illegal Flicks?"
Hollywood directors file suit against CleanFlicks
Celtic Music in a Christian Key
Celtic Music in a Christian Key
John Doan's 20-string harp-guitar and stories bring greater depth to the genre
Editor's Bookshelf
Visible Man
Chris Rice speaks frankly about building cross-racial relationships
'Theology Should Interrogate our Lives'
An interview with Chris P. Rice
Street Cred
Dave Eggers: The portrait of an artist as a—what?
Former Faith-Based Initiative Head John DiIulio Blasts Bush
Missionaries whose spouses were killed by Islamic terrorists speak
New Dignity for the 'New Virginity'
DiIulio apologizes—twice—for White House criticism, and many other stories from online sources around the world
Phillip Johnson
Asking the right questions is at the heart of the evolution debate
Are Christians to Blame for Deadly Nigerian Riots?
Christians continue fighting Bush over Islam, more clergy abuse revelations, and other stories from online sources around the world
Voyage to Nowhere
What religious critics are saying about Solaris, Treasure Planet, Eight Crazy Nights, Extreme Ops, They, Far From Heaven, The Emperor's Club, and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. Plus: News about a VeggieTales sequel and psychotic evangelical zomb
Court Reaffirms Decision Against Pledge's 'Under God'
Religious teens are more positive, and other stories from online sources around the world
Supreme Court Considers Antiabortion Activism
Parents Television Council head allegedly fired over Jesus prayer, and other stories from online sources around the world
Advent—Close Encounters of a Liturgical Kind
'Tis the season when even the free-ranging revivalist pulls up a chair to the table of historic liturgy
Police Arrest Indian Christians Over Dalit Conversion
Low-caste Indians reject Hinduism, turn to Christianity or Buddhism
Boys Will Be Boys
A new book by a leading Christian feminist scholar inadvertently reveals the flawed assumptions underlying much talk about flexibility in gender roles
Cleveland Priest Murdered
Protestant churches aid Catholic dissident group Voice of the Faithful
Brennan Manning on Ruthless Trust
Many Christians are still afraid to let God love them as they truly are, says the former priest, sober alcoholic, and author.
A White House Christmas (and Hanukkah, and Ramadan, and Kwanzaa...)
Pat Robertson's latest woes, evacuation at Biola, and other stories from online sources around the world.
Ousted Seminarian Reportedly Confesses to Murdering Priest
Religious protests to Iraq war grow as Bush reportedly turns deaf ear, and other stories from online sources from online sources around the world.
Charlie Kaufman Gets Trapped in His Own Movie
What Christian critics are saying about Adaptation, Analyze That, Empire, Far from Heaven, and Solaris.
Stymied by Congress, Bush Expands Faith-Based Initiative By Executive Order
Jesus is all grown up this Christmas, Mormons agree to stop baptizing dead Jews, and other stories from online sources from around the world.
'Taking Christ Out of Christmas' Leads to Lawsuit
Boston's Cardinal Law resigns, and 90 other religion stories from online sources around the world
'Tell Billy Graham the Jesus People Love Him.'
How evangelism's senior statesman helped the hippies tune in, turn on to God.
Entertain Us
Nirvana, Pearl Jam, and the rapture of distress
Calvin Miller on a Southern Baptist's View of Advent
The author of The Christ of Christmas celebrates the season around the one great miracle
Muslim-Christian Violence in Uganda and Malawi
Priest shooter acquitted, and other stories from online sources around the world
Why The Lord of the Rings Is Dangerous
The authors of Tolkien's Ordinary Virtues and J. R. R. Tolkien's Sanctifying Myth talk about the Christian life in Faerie
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
The second Lord of the Rings film raises the spiritual stakes.
Focus on the Family, Others Oppose Disney World Decision to Cut Back Religious Services
Shorter College and Georgia Baptist Convention sue each other, the debate over Christmas's history, and other stories from online sources around the world
A Season of Saviors
Christian media reviewers take on The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, Gangs of New York, Antwone Fisher, Star Trek: Nemesis, Maid in Manhattan, The Hot Chick, and the Swedish arthouse film Songs from the Second Floor
Does The Lord of the Rings Teach Salvation By Works?
The authors of Tolkien's Ordinary Virtues and J. R. R. Tolkien's Sanctifying Myth talk about whether Tolkien was too ignorant of evil and other subjects.
Four Killed in Congo Christian Concert Crush
Harvard's Christian groups charged with discrimination, and many other stories from online sources around the world
Lewis Smedes Dead at 81
Theologian and ethicist noted for his writings on forgiveness.
No Humbug
A Christmas Carol remains the quintessential holiday story, but why?
Hobbits Aren't Fence-Sitters
The authors of Tolkien's Ordinary Virtues and J. R. R. Tolkien's Sanctifying Myth discuss why Tolkien hated modernity and thinking about evil—and whether he was right to do so.
Hurt, Hate, and Healing
A 1985 interview with Lewis Smedes
Forgiveness—The Power to Change the Past
To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover that the prisoner was you
Controlling the Unpredictable—The Power of Promising
When you make a promise you have created a small sanctuary of trust within the jungle of unpredictability
Arguments in Favor of Abortion Are Strong...
… if you accept one all-important assumption
U.S. News Examines the History of Evangelicalism Through Billy Graham
No room for photos at the Nativity play.
The Serene Contradiction of the Mother of Jesus
Why I reclaimed the virgin mother as a significant figure in my faith
There's Something About Mary
Beliefs about Jesus' virgin mother vary between Christians of the early church, Roman Catholics, and modern-day Protestants, but this model of total trustful devotion has lessons to teach all Christians.
I'm Dreaming of a Victorian Christmas
An ageless story reminds us of the values the Victorians can still teach us
John Walvoord Dead at 92
Theologian noted for writings on Bible prophecy
A Very Scary Christmas
Violence and tension marks Christmas around the world
Thank You, Dr. Walvoord
A former student remembers how the late leader of Dallas Seminary preached-and lived-grace
Christmas in Vietnam
A missionary writes about this year's bleak holiday in the Dak Lak Province
Cult Announces Birth of First Human Clone
A University of Colorado quarterback leaves over prayer, Dateline investigates Benny Hinn, a lottery winner gives $17 million to pastors, and more online stories from around the world.
Top Ten News Stories, 2002
The events, people, and ideas of the past year that have or will significantly shape evangelical life, thought, or mission.
Books of the Year
The top ten. (OK-make that twelve.)
Three American Missionaries Killed in Yemen
Missionary released by Ivory Coast rebels
R.C. Sproul’s Testimony
R.C. Sproul’s Testimony
The theologian talks about how he met Jesus and why playing the violin is like reading the Bible
Rutgers, UNC-Chapel Hill Join Attack Against InterVarsity
More information about the medical missionaries killed in Yemen, and other stories from online sources around the world
The Most-Read Articles of 2002
Christianity Today's online readers wanted to know about Islam, pop culture, and forgiveness.
'I Just Wanted You to Kill the Pain'
A physician talks about how to help dying people best live their final months
Truth and Hope Are Partners
An interview with David Kuhl, author of What Dying People Want
Antwone Fisher Faces Fears, Schmidt Despairs
Critics respond to Antwone Fisher, About Schmidt, Catch Me If You Can, The Wild Thornberries, Two Weeks Notice, The 25th Hour, Evelyn, Nicholas Nickleby, Gangs of New York, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, and Star Trek: Nemesis
Salvation Army Rejects $100,000 From Lottery Winner
UNC says InterVarsity chapter can stay Christian, Yemen missionaries' murder tied to Al Qaeda, and other stories from online sources around the world
Two Dead in Rioting Between Ethiopian Evangelicals and Orthodox Christians
Racism allegations at a Christian college, and other stories from online sources around the world
The Christian DNA of Modern Genetics
Though open to frightening ethical abuse, genetics has been a Christian vocation since Gregor Mendel did his famous pea-plant experiments in the mid-nineteenth century

Top Story November 24, 2020

She Knew She Was Called to Serve. Then COVID-19 Came.
She Knew She Was Called to Serve. Then COVID-19 Came.
Aboard a Mercy Ship, a kindergarten teacher asked, “Should I stay or should I go?”