September (Web-only) 2003

The Christians Are Coming!
Christian Frank Peretti hands in less-than-horrifying Hangman's Curse. In The Fighting Temptations and Matchstick Men, a choir director and a con artist clean up their acts, but Christian press critics are more impressed with Lost in Translation. Plus: Reviews of Once Upon a Time in Mexico, Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star, The Order, The Gospel of John, Cabin Fever, Thirteen, and more.
The Fighting Temptations
Hangman's Curse
Secondhand Lions
Aching for Something Deep
Aching for Something Deep
"For those with ears to hear, Mark Heard left the gift of a more authentic faith"
The World's Most Outrageous Biblical Lawsuit
The largest Christian store chain will open on Sundays
Sheila Walsh Says Stop
"The author, singer, and popular speaker talks about learning to put praise above performance"
How to Really Keep the Commandments in Alabama—and Elsewhere
Since when did the public display of the Ten Commandments become the eleventh commandment?
Missionary Accused of Spying Returns to Canada
"Prolifers respond to Paul Hill's execution, 5,280 pounds of Ten Commandments links, is gospel music from slaves or Scotland? and many other stories from online sources around the world"
VeggieTales Creators File for Bankruptcy
"Bob the Tomato and friends sold to company that already has Lassie, Lone Ranger, and Rudolph"
Will Orthodox Anglicans 'Settle' for International Alternative Province?
"Plus: The real homosexual attack on marriage, the cross-wearing teacher's aide gets her job back permanently, and other stories from online sources from around the world"
The Summer's Most Powerful Films? They're Documentaries
Capturing the Friedmans and Stevie document crime, punishment—and glimmers of grace. Plus: What critics say about Thirteen, Jeepers Creepers 2, The Battle of Shaker Heights, Open Range, American Splendor, The Legend of Johnny Lingo, The Medallion, and Di
Basic Stott
In this cover story from 1996, evangelicalism's premier teacher speaks on gender, charismatics, leaving the Church of England, the poor, evangelical fragmentation, Catholics, the future, and other subjects.
Is Christianity to Blame for Teen Self-Mutilation?
"Pat endorses Arnold, MAP International founder dies, and other stories from online sources around the world"
The Lord of the Rings: What Harvest?
A reader's guide to the best of epic fantasy
Books & Culture's Book of the Week: The Difference Between Conservatives and Prolifers
"William Saletan unspins, and respins, the abortion debate"
"Weblog: Church School Gets Bomb Threat, Apparently from Gay Activists"
"Backtracking on anti-orthodox arson, and the Graham Staines murder trial is delayed once more"
Orthodox Canadian Anglicans on Alert
"Alabama tax reform will likely fail today, what pastors are reading, and other stories from online sources around the world"
Why Frederica Mathewes-Green Loves Icons
"Yes, we ask the saints to pray for us, she says. They are still living members of the church after all."
Did Alabamans Really Reject the Bible Yesterday?
"Fair trade on Palm Sunday, Bill McCartney leaves Promise Keepers, and other stories from online sources around the world"
The Ten Commandments Display Roy Moore Doesn't Like
"California drops official firefighter chaplains, Foxman calls Gibson an anti-Semite, Christian higher ed booms, and other stories from online sources around the world"
Learning From the Other 9/11
"Words kill. So teachers, watch what you say"
Baylor Regents Overwhelming Support President
"Indian Christians beaten for building church, and many other stories from online sources around the world"
Billy Graham Mourns Johnny Cash
The evangelist mourns a longtime friend
13 Hindu Extremists Convicted of Murdering Missionary Graham Staines and His Sons
"Goodbye, I'm Johnny Cash"
"Books & Culture Corner: The Ph.D. Octopus, 100 Years On"
How Christians can make a difference in the upside-down world of graduate school.
Ten Things You Should Know About the New Girls' Biblezine
Revolve is getting major media attention for the way it packages the Bible. What is the message this medium brings with it?
Focus on the Family Suit Reinstated
"SuperJesus, Johnny Cash's funeral, and other stories from online sources from around the world"
Jerry Jenkins's Solo Apocalypse
"His new novel, Soon, imagines a world where religion, blamed for war, is banned"
Presbyterian Leader Suspended After Admitting Sexual Misconduct as Seminary Head
"Gay bishop costs Anglicans dialogue with Muslims, Canadian pastors say vote today could ban Bible, and other stories from online sources around the world"
The Christians Are Coming!
"Christian Frank Peretti hands in less-than-horrifying Hangman's Curse. In The Fighting Temptations and Matchstick Men, a choir director and a con artist clean up their acts, but Christian press critics are more impressed with Lost in Translation. Plus: Re"
Canadian House Passes Bill Critics Say May Ban Bible Passages
"More Ten Commandments disputes, Jews upset over Presbyterian church, and other stories from online sources around the world."
Missionaries in India Concerned as Hindu Activists Break Up Prayer Meeting
"Rick Warren's big business, VeggieTales vs. Davey and Goliath, and other stories from online sources around the world"
Breaking Down the Faith/Learning Wall
How the history of Christians in higher education has stacked the deck against Robert Sloan's new Baylor.
"Weblog: Kenneth Hagin, 'Word of Faith' Preacher, Dies at 86"
The explicit Messiah
Top Ten New Testament Archaeological Finds of the Past 150 Years
"How do shrouds, boats, inscriptions, and other artifacts better help us understand the Christ of the Ages?"
"Weblog: Hindu Leader of Anti-Missionary Mob Gets Death Sentence, Others Life in Prison"
"Newsweek on the Holy Land's Christians, a confrontation between Anglican evangelicals and Rowan Williams, the end of church bingo, and other stories from online sources around the world"
"Bill Pryor, the Man in the Middle"
Alabama attorney general catches flak from all sides
White House Widens Funding Possibilities for Religious Social Services
Will hanging Dara Singh make him an anti-Christian martyr? And other stories from online sources around the world
What Do the Stones Cry Out?
Beware of claims that archaeology disproves—or proves—the Bible is true
Remembering J.D. Douglas
One of the most highly regarded Christian journalists and editors of the late 20th century has gone home
Secondhand Lions Roars
"Religious press film critics applaud Secondhand Lions and Bonhoeffer, but criticize Underworld, Cold Creek Manor, and Anything Else. Plus, more on Thirteen, Lost in Translation, The Lion King, and The Fighting Temptations"
Listening to the Fifth Gospel
The sun-baked ruins of the Holy Land have a story to tell
Luther
A high-caliber film shows how messy it was when Luther helped change the course of history
Why We Dig the Holy Land
"If biblical archaeology is not reinvigorated, Scripture-illuminating evidence will remain buried in the Middle East"
Six 'Faith-based' Stories and a Moral
Are Christian social ministries worth fighting for?
Taliban Says It Killed 'Evangelistic' Aid Worker
"Nigerian court frees woman from stoning sentence, and many other stories from online sources around the world"
A Man of Peace
"While other monks march against peace, this fierce-looking cleric seeks accord"
Being the Leaven
Why only a handful of Sri Lankan Christians wage peace via the difficult political process
Indigenous and Evangelistic
"Isolated from the infusion of foreign missionaries by Sri Lankan laws, the island's church knows that to survive, it must focus on evangelism"
NYT's Kristof Tries to Make Nice With Evangelicals
All those new cardinals
The Contemplative Christian
Eugene Peterson calls believers to a life lived with wholeness, honesty, without contrivance—against the grain of much that's currently driving the church in America
Books & Culture's Book of the Week: Terrorists on Trial
How the nation responded to an earlier attack
"The Dick Staub Interview: Philip Yancey, the Rumor-Monger"
"The author's latest is written not for Christians, but for those on the borderlands of belief."
Two Episcopal Dioceses Take Action Against Denomination
"The latest news on abortion, the Ten Commandments, and missionary murderer Dara Singh"
Valparaiso Repents For Holding Interfaith 9/11 Service
"Book pulled for pilfered preaching, Griswold says homosexuality as we understand it not mentioned in Bible, and other stories from online sources around the world"
"Film Forum: Lions, Luther, and Living In This World"
"Director Tim McCanlies talks about Secondhand Lions. Plus: What Christian critics are saying about In This World, Luther, The Rundown, Duplex, Under the Tuscan Sun, American Splendor, The Gospel of John, and the Toronto and Vancouver film festivals"
Catholics Boot Episcopal Ceremony Over Presiding Bishop's Pro-Homosexuality Comments
"Hiding gay bishops under poetry readings, Christianity vs. Islam, and other stories from online sources around the world"
Cathedral Sex Stunt Nets Second Largest FCC Fine in History
"Conservative Anglican leader says plans afoot to stifle orthodoxy at primates meeting, and other stories from online sources around the world."
"Christian History Corner: Our Brothers and Sisters, the Episcopalians"
The Episcopal Church needs our help. Here's why we should give it
Ken Gire's Lord of the Dance
Patch Adams and T.S. Eliot teach us to twirl with Jesus, says the author
Books & Culture's Book of the Week: Recalling California
Want to understand what's going on in the Golden State? Toss your newsmagazines and pick up Joan Didion's new book
The Gospel of John
City on a Hill: The Gathering

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