December (Web-only) 2009

'Health Care King Herod Would Love!'Subscriber Access Only
Advocacy groups wrap up an unusually busy Christmas season and prepare for 2010.
The White RibbonSubscriber Access Only
Michael Haneke's latest film is a deeply unsettling but purposely obscuring look at the cruelty embedded within the human heart.
The Loss of a Teardrop DiamondSubscriber Access Only
Based on a long-lost screenplay by Tennessee Williams, this Southern tale of the 1920s fails to sparkle.
Sacred RoadSubscriber Access Only
My Top Ten Theology Stories of 2009Subscriber Access Only
Counting down the events, debates, and books that shaped evangelical theology over the past year.
The Imaginarium of Doctor ParnassusSubscriber Access Only
Terry Gilliam's latest—and Heath Ledger's last—is a manic, confusing roller-coaster ride through guilt, imagination, and a battle for stories and souls.
It's ComplicatedSubscriber Access Only
Meryl Streep and Alec Baldwin do a decent job with a script that mostly glorifies and glosses over indecency.
Sherlock HolmesSubscriber Access Only
Though this adaptation is sometimes incoherent, it’s nonetheless quirky, intelligent, action-packed, and lots of fun, thanks in large part to Robert Downey Jr.’s portrayal.
Alvin and the Chipmunks: The SqueakquelSubscriber Access Only
The live-action/animation follow-up to the 2007 hit doesn’t bother much with plot and characterization, but squeaks by successfully on gags and chipmunk charm.
Under DiscussionSubscriber Access Only
What was the most significant change in Christianity over the past decade?
How to Have a Merry ChristmasSubscriber Access Only
And it doesn't require you doing another blessed thing.
Voyage: Journey of PrayerSubscriber Access Only
Sex, Drugs and Self-ControlSubscriber Access Only
Big Tour for Casting CrownsSubscriber Access Only
Lead singer also adapting book for youth audiences. Plus: Matthew West earns top tune of 2009; Mercy Me's decade milestone; Hanson album by album and more.
Working It OutSubscriber Access Only
With his latest CD, rapper John Reuben wears his heart—and his struggles with faith and doubt—on his sleeve.
Who Owns Your Christmas Carols?Subscriber Access Only
No, Kim Hill didn't write 'O Holy Night.' But she holds a copyright for it.
Broken EmbracesSubscriber Access Only
Pedro Almodóvar, an impeccable director of emotionally sincere films, stumbles here with a muddled, largely uninteresting story of a blind filmmaker with a painful past.
NineSubscriber Access Only
So much beauty and talent—not to mention the lush Italian countryside—grace the screen here. Too bad it's also so much wasted potential.
Did You Hear About the Morgans?Subscriber Access Only
This mostly funny fish-out-of-water tale touches on ideas about what makes a marriage work.
Ugandan Bishop Pleads With American Christians on Anti-Homosexuality BillSubscriber Access Only
David Zac Niringiye, the Church of Uganda's assistant bishop of Kampala, says that American Christians should cultivate relationships before condemning the proposed legislation.
AvatarSubscriber Access Only
In his first movie since Titanic, James Cameron has made it worth the wait with a stunning milestone in filmmaking—and a storyline surprisingly rich in political and spiritual undertones.
God's Man in Tulsa: The Life and Ministry of the Original TelevangelistSubscriber Access Only
Oral Roberts was a larger-than-life figure in American Christianity.
Q+A: Mark Rutland on Oral Roberts's LegacySubscriber Access Only
The Oral Roberts University president reflects on a man who had a big vision.
Fund Raising: Did Oral Roberts Go Too Far?Subscriber Access Only
The television evangelist links receiving $8 million to the extension of his earthly life.
Night CastleSubscriber Access Only
Rocks into RiversSubscriber Access Only
TobyMac Is BackSubscriber Access Only
Artist readies fourth solo CD. Plus: Flyleaf No. 1 at Yahoo; Dylan's royalties distributed to charities; Furler switches from singer to painter; and more.
Wilderness SongsSubscriber Access Only
Jeromy and Jennifer Deibler of FFH have seen difficult times—including his MS diagnosis—since disbanding a couple years ago. But now they’re back.
When the Pastor SuffersSubscriber Access Only
Matt Chandler comforts an anxious church following his Thanksgiving seizure.
Top Five News Stories: The Theology of Obama's Nobel Peace Prize SpeechSubscriber Access Only
Plus: American-style syncretism, public view of clergy takes a hit, and other stories from online sources around the world.
The Lovely BonesSubscriber Access Only
Style wins out over substance in this story of a murdered girl and the heavenly vantage point from which she continues to observe her killer on earth.
Up in the AirSubscriber Access Only
A trio of strong performances, witty dialogue, and a deft blend of snark and heart make this dramedy soar.
InvictusSubscriber Access Only
Morgan Freeman makes a magisterial Nelson Mandela in this inspiring, remarkable tale of politics meets rugby.
Waiting for Jesus to Show UpSubscriber Access Only
Moving from loving the idea of loving God to loving God.
A Statement On Prosperity TeachingSubscriber Access Only
From the Lausanne Theology Working Group, Africa chapter at its consultations in Akropong, Ghana, 8-9 October, 2008 and 1-4 September 2009
3 Grammy Noms for 3D; BeBe ClearedSubscriber Access Only
Band earns three nominations. Plus: BeBe Winans cleared of assault charges against ex-wife; Family Force 5 member falls ill; Switchfoot on TV twice; and more.
Catching Up With ... Phil KeaggySubscriber Access Only
Inspired by family and friends, Phil Keaggy talks about his first vocal holiday recording, Welcome Inn, an acoustic musical treat recorded entirely at home.
The Best Albums of 2009Subscriber Access Only
Fireflies & Songs runaway No. 1 choice in CT's Top 12 Albums of the Year.
ArmoredSubscriber Access Only
A team of guards plans to rob the armored trucks they're sworn to protect, until one of them has a crisis of conscience in this so-so action thriller.
BrothersSubscriber Access Only
When one brother is presumed dead in the war in Afghanistan, the other steps in to help his family in this impressively acted American remake of a Danish film.
Everybody's FineSubscriber Access Only
The acting and poignancy are much more than fine; unfortunately the film gets marred by a heavy-handed message. (Plus: Interview with director Kirk Jones.)
Is Everybody Really Fine?Subscriber Access Only
Kirk Jones, writer/director of Everybody's Fine, hopes his new film will inspire families to have more realistic expectations of one another.
Q & A: Mike HuckabeeSubscriber Access Only
The 2008 Republican presidential candidate talks about his Christmas book, Sarah Palin, and who should be welcomed in the Republican Party.
Should the Supreme Court Rule that Memorial Crosses are Secular?Subscriber Access Only
Church leaders and observers weigh in on a current debate.
Casting Crowns Sets Sales RecordSubscriber Access Only
Band sells almost 170,000 for highest street week stats in Christian music history. Plus: Patty Griffin's gospel debut; Pillar frontman pens book; and more.
I Dreamed a DreamSubscriber Access Only

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