June (Web-only) 2005

Alien Invaders, Witches, and Zombies
Religious press reviewers ponder War of the Worlds, Bewitched, Land of the Dead. Plus, more reviews of Herbie: Fully Loaded and Batman Begins.
Batman Begins: The Best Superhero Film Ever?
More Christian critics review Batman Begins. Plus, reviews of Herbie: Fully Loaded, The Perfect Man, and more perspectives on Howl's Moving Castle, Mr. and Mrs. Smith and The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl in 3D.
Critics Hailing Batman Begins and Howl's Moving Castle
Film critics are calling Batman Begins "masterful" and Howl's Moving Castle "a joy to behold." But they're not so pleased with Mr. and Mrs. Smith, The Honeymooners, The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl in 3D, or High Tension. Plus: 5x2, Heights, and a new review of The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants.
Cinderella Man a Hard-Hitting Crowd-pleaser
Christian critics praise Cinderella Man, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, Rock School, and Mad Hot Ballroom, but not Lords of Dogtown. Plus: More reviews of Madagascar and Hotel Rwanda
Madagascar Mediocre, Sandler Stumbles
Christian film critics find Madagascar muddled and say The Longest Yard falls short. But The Ninth Day, about a Catholic priest during the Holocaust, earns enthusiastic raves.
Take a Pass on Yoga
How can I support a practice that is targeting the young and the weak?
Billy Didn't Mean to Endorse Hillary for President, Says Franklin
Plus: America's fastest-growing megachurch, ABC's illegal TV show, judge blocks South Dakota's new abortion law, and other stories from online sources around the world.
Supreme Court Muddles Ten Commandments Debate
Plus: the Air Force Academy report, Billy in the city, and 'anti-Christian' Democrats.
Doing the Numbers at Billy's Crusade
Plus: evangelicals in Iraq, Episcopal Church censured by Anglican Communion, Baptists end Disney boycott, and more articles from online sources around the world.
Former RCA Seminary President Suspended from Ministry
Plus: Evangelicals aren't all the same, Billy in NYC, Ralph Reed, Terri Schiavo, religious freedom and other stories from online sources around the world.
Scotland Yard Reports Child Sacrifices
Plus: Federal court upholds DOMA, Ken Taylor speaks at his own funeral, and other stories from online sources around the world.
Evangelicals' Opinion of Courts Drops Dramatically
Plus: Billy says New York is probably last crusade, and other stories from online sources around the world.
Schiavo Was Blind and Unabused, Says Autopsy
Plus: Gloomy predictions for the UCC, Indianapolis Star editorial writers allege religious discrimination, and other stories from online sources around the world.
At Vatican's Urging, Italians Stay Home from Polls
Plus: Billy's New York Times interview, India to deport beaten American missionaries, and other stories from online sources around the world.
Condoms for Rapists
Plus: Jewish rapper 50 Shekel goes Christian, Britain's religious hate speech law resurrected, and other stories from online sources around the world.
Indiana Planned Parenthood Ordered to Provide Abortion Records
Plus: Millard Fuller's organization's new name, RLUIPA, religion at the Air Force Academy, Bush promises to push for religious freedom in China, and more articles from online sources around the world.
The Joys of a State Church
The Godless minister and the sexless marriage. Plus: Indonesian bombing targets Christian village, Benedict urges Christian unity, stem-cell debates, and more articles from online sources around the world.
Supreme Court Opening Will Test Strength of Religious Conservatives
Conservative groups say this is why they pushed for Bush's re-election.
U.S. Churches' Recognition of Independence Day Varies Widely
Patriotism takes center stage at some worship services, but others wary of "religifying" America.
Supreme Court Rulings on Ten Commandments Leave Wake of Confusion
Groups announce plans to create new monuments as court refuses to hear more about such displays.
War of the Worlds
Billy Does It Again
New York celebrates Graham's enduring importance.
The Rich Are Different—and Not So Different—from Us
Think you're burned out on memoirs? Read this book.
Top Ten Alien Invasion Movies
With War of the Worlds opening this week, we decided to take a look back at some of the best films in which extraterrestrials decide to pay a visit to our planet—with the intent to do us harm.
Experts Warn Houses of Worship at Risk After Court Ruling
Eminent domain ruling could make churches, poor vulnerable.
Farewell, Larry Norman
The man known as the Father of Christian Rock, whose health has been failing in recent years, played his last U.S. concert Friday night in his hometown of Salem, Oregon.
Promoting and Uniting European Evangelicals
Swimming against the current makes the European Evangelical Alliance's liaison to the E.U. feel alive.
Jesus and Justice
How Billy Graham tactfully led evangelicals on race at his first New York City crusade.
Bewitched
March of the Penguins
Herbie: Fully Loaded
Au Hasard Balthazar
Readers Write
Marijuana, Chuck Colson, Deep Throat, and yoga topped readers' concerns last week.
Study Questions Whether Short-Term Missions Make a Difference
Missionaries don't keep giving after they return; hosts prefer money to guests, Calvin sociologist finds.
Brave New World
The title of Nichole Nordeman's latest CD, Brave, says much about her journey the last two years—motherhood, an extended maternity leave, and reinvesting in relationships.
The Perfect Man
Turkey's Protestants Face Wave of Attacks
Anti-missionary threats turn violent.
Batman Begins
Evangelicals Applaud Supreme Court Ruling on Medical Marijuana
At least those that paid attention to the decision.
Guilt and Grace in Gotham City
Batman, the only fully human superhero, usually saves the day, but sometimes he doesn't. We can forgive him these occasional failures, but can he forgive himself? More importantly, can he save himself?
The Strength of Solitude
Learning to be with God in solitude allows us to be Godly in community.
Singin' the Blues
Veteran singer/songwriter Glenn Kaiser, he of Resurrection Band fame, has been focused on playing and singing blues music in recent years. A Christian, singing the blues? You bet, says Kaiser. Here's why.
Ken Taylor, Translator of The Living Bible, Dies at 88
Founder of Tyndale House Publishers, Christian Booksellers Association, was driven by passion for Bible.
Ken Taylor: God's Voice in the Vernacular
Although his work has made him famous, he remained a retiring and modest figure.
The Honeymooners
Howl's Moving Castle
Mr. & Mrs. Smith
The Rise of the Evangelicals
Evangelicalism was once a tiny reform movement, one that was amazingly successful, says Mark Noll.
Black Church Indifference Postpones Launch of Christian Churches Together
Some question whether another ecumenical group is necessary.
The Mind and Soul of Combat
Perhaps war really is hell.
Debunking Jesus?
Director Brian Flemming, a self-described "atheist Christian," is trying to prove that the historical Jesus never existed in his new documentary, The God Who Wasn't There.
The Bell Tolls
Award-winning singer/songwriter Steve Bell says the modern worship trend represents "one of the low points in the history of music writing." And he's just getting started.
Colson Blasts 'Deep Throat'
Christian statesman, former Nixon aide says leaks were unethical and unnecessary.
The Secrets of Spurgeon's Preaching
Why would thousands come to hear him speak?
Cinderella Man
Rock School
Victory for Religion Behind Bars
The Supreme Court's RLUIPA decision is good, but more work needs to be done to ensure prisoners' religious freedom.
Supreme Court Unanimously Sides with Prisoners' Religious Rights
RLUIPA held to meet religious needs of the institutionalized.
The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants
If Christians Fail, America Will Fail'
An interview with the outspoken president of Jews Against Anti-Christian Defamation.