December (Web-only) 2011

Media1 hr 45 min
The Iron Lady
Meryl Streep shines as Margaret Thatcher in a film that tries to do too much.
Resolving to Lose More than Pounds
What theology might have to do with your New Year's resolution.
Our Writers' Favorite Posts from 2011
Some in-house selections from the past year.
The Top Her.meneutics Posts of 2011
The year in review at the women's blog.
Notable Sacred Music for 2011
From an 11-year-old prodigy to traditional choral favorites, some of the year's best.
Media2 hrs 26 min
War Horse
Spielberg's latest is a rousing, inspiring tale of a horse and his boy in World War I.
Media1 hr 47 min
The Adventures of Tintin
This Indiana Jones knock-off adventure has astonishing visual effects but little humanity.
Media2 hrs 4 min
We Bought a Zoo
Great acting, solid characters, and a lot of heart make this otherwise average movie work.
The Christmas Epistles: A Most Human Understanding of Godliness
Incarnational grace in the Pastoral Epistles.
A Christmas Prayer
We, like the shepherds in the field, like the woman at the tomb, are astonished, trembling in wonder and in fear.
The Fearsome and the Childlike in the Films of Steven Spielberg
America's most popular director hits the big screen again this week with two new projects.
Sitting in the Dark, Waiting for Emmanuel
Instead of fixing people's pain, maybe the most Christian act of love is to sit beside them, and wait.
How Charity Can Be Toxic, Just in Time for Christmas
Bob Lupton explains how to avoid destroying dignity.
Media2 hrs 38 min
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Violence and darkness pervade in undeniably affecting film.
Media2 hrs 13 min
Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol
Superb action and skillful direction combine for a fasten-your-seat-belts thrill ride.
Beards: A Hairy Topic in My Household
The cultural and religious significance of the manly mane.
Snapshots of the Shattered Soul
Album of the Year Winner Josh Garrels
The multi-talented indie artist made 2011's best CD. And you can have it for free.
The 2011 CT Music Awards
Christianity Today picks its top 12 albums of the year.
Why Santa Belongs in Your Kids' Christmas
Why Santa Belongs in Your Kids' Christmas
I'm tired of hearing Christian parents use the SATAN anagram. St. Nick was a saint.
Etiquette Isn't for Dummies: How Manners and Ministry Relate
Proper etiquette is less about rigid rules and more about loving others.
Christopher Hitchens Has Died, Doug Wilson Reflects
How to think about the death of the outspoken atheist.
Media2 hrs 9 min
Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadows
Downey and Law return to Guy Ritchie's stylish, comical, and ultimately uneven Holmes universe.
Media2 hrs 7 min
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
A retired secret agent is brought back secretly to search out the double agent at the top of British secret intelligence
A Word to Michelle Duggar's Critics: What it Means to Publicly Grieve a Miscarriage
In a culture that doesn't have rituals for mourning a miscarriage, the Duggars' memorial service may become a helpful model.
How 'Modest Is Hottest' Is Hurting Christian Women
How 'Modest Is Hottest' Is Hurting Christian Women
What the phrase communicates about female sexuality and bodies.
The Best Christmas Music of 2011
A wide variety of new yuletide music for your Christmas stocking.
The Exodus
Arthur's Garden
Frank Capra's Miracle Woman
Barbara Stanwyck embodied the director's conflict between corporate religion and personal faith.
How to Respond to Our All-American Muslim Neighbors
And how to respond to absurd boycotts, for that matter.
'But He Never Hit Me': A Christian Primer on Emotional Abuse
'But He Never Hit Me': A Christian Primer on Emotional Abuse
To answer the question, Christians must first understand the problem.
Birth Pangs: When God Shows Up in Pregnancy
In her new book, minister and mother Sarah Jobe says God is present precisely in the "grossest" moments of pregnancy.
Media1 hr 40 min
The Artist
It's silent. It's black and white. And it's utterly delightful.
Media2 hrs 2 min
Coriolanus
Lesser-known Shakespeare perfect fit for the age of Occupy Wall Street.
Media1 hr 57 min
New Year's Eve
It tries to make up for its lack of depth with a lot of likable stars, but it falls flat.
The Co-Sleeping Controversy and Enduring 'Bad Mom' Glares
If the City of Milwaukee is really concerned about protecting infants, they should use information, not shame, to inform parents.
Another Kind of Purity Pledge
New documentary shows African youth encouraging their peers to save it for marriage.
Why Identifying as a Republican—or Democrat—Can Be Idolatrous
And how Sojourners' Lisa Sharon Harper navigates one side of the political spectrum.
The God of Awkward Virgins
Can he be trusted?
Andrew Peterson: Christmas, Children, and 'Hutchmoot'
The singer/songwriter on his holiday album and tour, kids' books, and that funny word.
Ready To Go
Should Christians Take Antidepressants?: A Response
I've never heard Christians protest relieving the pain of childbirth. So why would they protest relieving major depression?
Was it Immoral for American Airlines to File for Bankruptcy?
Why Gerard Arpey might be virtuous but wrong.
'Unwanted' Girls Defy Sexism in India
How will Americans respond to the unwanted kids in their midst?
Media1 hr 55 min
The Descendants
An intelligent movie about grown-up problems—and the necessity of kindness and grace.
Sara Zarr Talks Faith, Art, and Imperfect Christians
'How to Save a Life', her newest novel for young adult readers, is about several lives that need saving.
Why We Need More 'Chaplains' and Fewer Leaders
What's a pastor for?
Why I'm Okay with Church Failure
At the end of the day, Christians' ministry success is not about money and buildings.

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