December (Web-only) 2004

Moviegoers Choose Between Aviator, Life Aquatic, Unfortunate Events, and Hotel Rwanda
Christian film critics review The Aviator, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events, Hotel Rwanda, Flight of the Phoenix, and Spanglish.
Ocean's Twelve Steals the Box Office
Christian film critics mixed on Ocean's Twelve. Plus, more reviews of Blade: Trinity, National Treasure, A Very Long Engagement, and Sideways.
I Am David Is Like a Passion Cast Party
Religious press critics consider I Am David, Closer, House of Flying Daggers, and Blade: Trinity. Plus, more reviews of Christmas with the Kranks, A Very Long Engagement, Finding Neverland, Kinsey, and National Treasure.
Alexander and The Kranks Leave Critics Cranky
Alexander's not so great. Christmas with the Kranks makes critics cranky. But A Very Long Engagement dazzles. Plus more reviews of The Polar Express, National Treasure, Finding Neverland and Sideways.
In Good Company
The Merchant of Venice
The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou
Hotel Rwanda
Meet the Fockers
The Phantom of the Opera
The Aviator
Flight of the Phoenix
Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events
Spanglish
The Sea Inside
Million Dollar Baby
Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King Special Extended DVD Edition
An extra 50 minutes has been added to the multiple Oscar winner—some of it good, some of it not. But the two extra discs, loaded with terrific bonus material, are worth the price of admission.
Ocean's Twelve
Closer
House of Flying Daggers
I Am David
See Grace Fly
The Virgin Birth? Come on!
Millard Fuller steps down as Habitat CEO after sexual harassment allegation, worries the movement will lose focus. Also, an adult stem-cell media conspiracy?
Reformed Protestants No Longer See Images as Idolatrous
The visual and the word go hand in hand as some pastors see possibility in connecting pictures with worship.
Two Iraqi Churches Bombed
Plus: Mr. Bean opposes British religious hate-crime bill, religious summit opens in Indonesia, Vatican condemns 'Christianophobia', Christmas dilemma, praying for the home team, and other articles from online sources around the world.
Unfashionably Good
A savory collections of essays by Alan Jacobs.
Canadian Supreme Court Backs Same-Sex Marriage
Plus: Another religion clash in Egypt, a Baylor bump, and other stories from online sources around the world.
Atheist No More, Flew Still Rejects Revelation
Plus: LA Times praises Jesus, Eames says ECUSA won't be disciplined, China's Craze Mass, and other stories from online sources around the world.
Advent's Spiritual Pilgrimage
The birth of Christ is only the final stop when meditating this holiday season. An excerpt from Ancient-Future Time: Forming Spirituality Through the Christian Year.
A Problematic Mission?
Would the Spanish friars of California's historic missions have lobbied for the separation of church and state?
Weblog (Second Helping): Revenge of the God Billboards
Plus: Britain discusses euthanasia while the Netherlands euthanizes babies, and other stories from online sources around the world.
White House Speechwriter Talks About the Bush Code
Plus: U.S. News phones it in on prayer, Indonesian churches attacked, Mormon author disfellowshipped, and other stories from online sources around the world.
Modern, All Too Modern
Tom Wolfe's new novel, largely reviewed as a satiric report on the sexual mores of today's college students, is fundamentally about the nature of the human will.
IRS Changes May Dent Ministries' Car-Donation Programs
New deduction rules dump Blue Book for actual sales value. That could discourage donors.
Every Fraud Needs a Cure
How perpetrators are more gullible than their victims. An excerpt from Cleaning Up.
Australian Court Rules Pastor and Speaker 'Vilified' Muslims
Plus: Lawsuits over Christmas messages, Intelligent Design, student aid, club invitations, and many non-legal stories from online sources around the world.
Compassionate in War, Christian in Vision
The man behind the Geneva Conventions knew the heights of success and the depths of failure
Preaching the Christmas Gospel
More than a semi-annual crack at irregular churchgoers, the Christmas sermon has traditionally invited us to worship and wonder.
The Nativity of Christ
A Christmas sermon preached by Jerome.
Bad News for Fired Christian Is Good News for Christian Organizations
Plus links to 322 other religion stories, including a resolution to Denver's Parade of Lights dispute, Christmas as protest, the death of Carsten Thiede, and other items from online sources around the world.
Can We Talk?
A project sponsored by Gordon College's Center for Christian Studies offers models for constructive engagement across lines of division.
Kristof—'When the Right Is Right'
Plus: Civil unions to proceed in California, the battle for Christmas continues, and more articles from online sources around the world.
Open or Closed Case?
Controversial theologian John Sanders on way out at Huntington.
Landmark Ruling Puts Freedom of Speech in Focus
Pastors breached Australian state's race, religion laws.
Coping with Christmas
For adult children of divorced parents, the holidays aren't as happy as they are supposed to be. Author Jen Abbas has some advice.
Christians in Iraq, Bethlehem Face Difficult Christmas
Plus: The Polar Express an evangelical film? religious people allowed on New Jersey juries, the battle for Christmas, new approach in the Sudan, Sikhs violently protest British play, and more articles from online sources around the world.
Confronting Caesar
Nigerian megachurch pastor in Ukraine takes a stand for freedom.
The Real Twelve Days of Christmas
Celebrating Christ's birth with saints of the faith during the actual Christmas season.
Slaughter of the Innocents, 2004
The Netherlands celebrates Christmas by reenacting Herod.
The Top Ten Books of 2004
And a warning about the risks of reading.
Not Your Grandma's Testimony
A 30-year-old ponders his spiritual journey in the evangelical subculture.
Terrorizing Ally
Saudi Arabia tortures Christians even as it makes human-rights gestures.
Tsunami Survivors Desperate for Aid
Christian groups worldwide mobilize massive relief effort to South Asia.
The Doctrine Doctor
Jaroslav Pelikan has written a history of the Christian tradition on a scale no one else has attempted in the twentieth century.
India's Christians Prominent in Casualties and Aid
Velankanni basilica, Christian fishermen among hardest hit.
Disaster Prompts 'Neighborly Love'
The director of Youth for Christ in Sri Lanka meets Christian survivors straining to deliver aid to victims despite their own losses.
Temptations in Disaster
A ministry leader in Sri Lanka advises his colleagues on spiritual disciplines during a crisis.
The Perfect Blend
The Perfect Blend
An earthier version of a veteran musician brings heaven closer.