August (Web-only) 2012

Dare We Laugh at World of Warcraft?
Dare We Laugh at World of Warcraft?
Communicating Christ to consumers of popular culture means sorting the good influences from the bad. A review of Ted Turnau's 'Popolgetics.'
Robot & Frank
Getting older gets odder in this sci-fi vision of aging set in the near future.
Samsara
Samsara
Filmed in 25 countries over five years, a beautiful moving picture book of the world.
My Perfect Life with Anorexia
And how God saved me from it.
A New Image of Friendship for the 30-Something Set
I'm no longer looking for a sole BFF, but for sustained relationships that take years, even a lifetime, to cultivate well.
Lawless
Lawless
A well-done but violent period piece about the wild world of backwoods bootlegging.
In the Wake of Suicide's Silence: Why Blame Is Never the Answer
In the Wake of Suicide's Silence: Why Blame Is Never the Answer
After my own brother's suicide 15 years ago, I should know that locating blame is so often futile.
Peterson, Andrew
Light for the Lost Boy
TobyMac
Eye on It
The Salesman and the Shark
My Only Rescue
What Not to Say to a Pregnant Woman
It's as if pregnant women walk around wearing sandwich boards that read, "Touch me. Say whatever you want. No, really."
Big Business and the Sacred Mystery of Sleep
What our sleeping habits reveal about our relationship with God.
Premium Rush
Premium Rush
Joseph Gordon-Levitt is a bike messenger in an action movie that's only remarkable for how bad it is.
What Can't You Surrender to God? A Conversation with Jennie Allen
The 35-year-old mother of four writes about fear, insecurity, and the prayer that upended her life.
Mars Hill Bible Church Names Rob Bell's Successor: Kent Dobson
Mars Hill Bible Church Names Rob Bell's Successor: Kent Dobson
Kent Dobson is the son of Ed Dobson, pastor emeritus at Calvary Church in Grand Rapids.
Biola and Grace Sue Obama Administration Over Contraceptive Mandate
Evangelical Colleges Biola and Grace Sue Obama Administration Over Contraceptive Mandate
The California- and Indiana-based schools join Wheaton College, others in suing over health care law.
Professor Fired from Atlanta Seminary Over Evangelical Beliefs?
Professor Fired from Atlanta Seminary Over Evangelical Beliefs?
An expert on the Dead Sea Scrolls says he was fired after hosting an InterVarsity speaker.
Todd Akin, 'Legitimate Rape,' and Gospel Healing for Victims of Sexual Assault
Todd Akin, 'Legitimate Rape,' and Gospel Healing for Victims of Sexual Assault
The controversy over the Missouri congressman's comments gives Christians a chance to understand sexual assault with wisdom and theological depth.
Why We Love, and Hate, 'Honey Boo Boo'
The new reality show's popularity reveals our cultural weariness and hunger for something more.
Is Skinny-dipping in the Sea of Galilee Sacrilegious?
Is Skinny-dipping in the Sea of Galilee Sacrilegious?
A nude congressman reportedly took a dip in Israel's biblical site.
Jeff Foxworthy: 'You Know I'm an Idiot'
Jeff Foxworthy: 'You Know I'm an Idiot'
Comedian says he felt God's call to host new game show, 'The American Bible Challenge.'
Are Infants Sinful? How Not to Talk about Original Sin
Are Infants Sinful? How Not to Talk about Original Sin
There are better ways to explain human fallenness than pointing to needy babies and clumsy toddlers.
White Boy, Black Gospel
White Boy, Black Gospel
How African-American music got under my lily white skin.
The Midsummer Station
The Struggle
The Upside of Down
Circles Around the Sun
Brother Sinner and the Whale
So Much for Love
Why Friends Disappear When You Reach Midlife
Why Friends Disappear When You Reach Midlife
Why loneliness can plague women in their 50s.
Love Your Neighbor. Get Your Vaccines.
How getting routine shots benefits not just you but your entire community.
Family Research Council Points to Southern Poverty Law Center in Sparking Shooter’s Reaction
Family Research Council Points to Southern Poverty Law Center in Sparking Shooter’s Reaction
The gunman was carrying 15 Chick-fil-A sandwiches when he was arrested.
Red Hook Summer
What could have been an insightful exploration of faith in the hood is squandered.
Sparkle
Sparkle
Despite great singing, 'Sparkle' is tarnished by stereotypical characters and overdramatic scenes.
The 'Just You Wait' Mantra: Is Marriage Really That Hard?
The 'Just You Wait' Mantra: Is Marriage Really That Hard?
My husband and I have encountered much gloom and doom about marriage from older Christian couples. What gives?
Women Speak Up and Out at Willow Creek's Global Leadership Summit
Condi Rice, Sheryl WuDunn, and IJM's Pranitha Timothy showed me that women can achieve enormous influence outside the walls of the church.
Are  Parents' Prayers for Miracle Healings Inhumane?
Are Parents' Prayers for Miracle Healings Inhumane?
New study in Journal of Medical Ethics draws criticism.
Odd Life of Timothy Green, The
The Odd Life of Timothy Green
Heartwarming family film explores the challenges of being a family against the backdrop of small-town America.
Debunking the 'Homewrecker' Myth after Kristen Stewart's Affair
There's no such thing as 'the other woman' who acts completely alone.
What Does Catholic Social Teaching Have to Do with the Presidential Race?
What Does Catholic Social Teaching Have to Do with the Presidential Race?
While Paul Ryan probably won't impact the outcome of the election, Mitt Romney's vice presidential pick will likely renew debate over the morality of the budget.
Remembering Mark Heard
Remembering Mark Heard
The prophetic songwriter, a CCM outsider who freely spoke his mind, died 20 years ago this week.
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Best Days
Life & Love
'Til the Storm Passes By
The Cynicism Trap: Why Trusting Fellow Christians Is a Spiritual Discipline
Even when our fellow Christians fail morally.
Our American President: The 'Almost Pastor' of an 'Almost Chosen' Land
Our American President: The 'Almost Pastor' of an 'Almost Chosen' Land
How Christians might think about the type of leader they vote into the presidency.
Is the President America's Pastor in Chief?
Is the President America's Pastor in Chief?
Why Mitt Romney's Mormonism does matter.
Lusting After Asparagus?: Our Culture's Food Porn Problem
What's wrong with ogling beautifully shot images of filet mignon and other rich foods? A lot, actually.
How Rick Warren Harnessed the Power of Social Habits
How Rick Warren Harnessed the Power of Social Habits
And why—after plunging into depression—Saddleback's pastor now pushes spiritual habits through 'The Power of Habit' concept.
Bourne Legacy, The
The Bourne Legacy
The franchise gets new faces and new chases, but runs through some familiar paces.
Yahoo! CEO Marissa Mayer and the Nature of Women's Work
Christian theology says "yes" to both the embodied work of mothering and the disembodied work of running a Fortune 500 company.
Are Blacks Still Enslaved?
Are Blacks Still Enslaved?
The host of a controversial new documentary doesn't hesitate to make the comparison.
Where Was God When Lolo Jones Placed Fourth?
We need a theology that accounts for Christian athletes' on-the-field failings.
Is Relational Evangelism Enough?
Is Relational Evangelism Enough?
In pursuing a personalized form of apologetics, Alister McGrath may be downplaying the power of old-fashioned logical demonstrations.
Hope Springs
Hope Springs
Streep and Jones are delightful as a couple seeking new life, but a few scenes are uncomfortable.
Tackling Doubt after Divorce: Not Your Typical Chick-Lit Novel
Sarah Healy's 'Can I Get an Amen?' deals with faith and life in an honest, compelling way.
Sixpence All the Wiser
Sixpence All the Wiser
After numerous delays on their new album, the band finds itself "in a much better place."
The River
Why Christians Could Use a Little Adventure
What we can learn from Bob Goff's best-selling book, 'Love Does,' illustrating how to take "WWJD?" to new heights.
Sex and the Single Olympian: Lolo Jones Talks about Her Virginity
The world-class runner shows that virginity isn't just for nerdy 18-year-olds—and that following God's plan for sexuality can be really hard.
Total Recall
Total Recall
A factory worker pays to get a false memory implanted only to discover that he's forgotten he is the real thing.
The Departure of Ann Curry and the Death of a Dream
The gift that failure gives us.
Gymnast Dominique Moceanu on Glory and Trial
Gymnast Dominique Moceanu on Glory and Trial
The youngest member of 1996's "Magnificent Seven" Olympic team on her parents, her long-lost sister, and forgiveness.
Asking Why After a Child's Accidental Death
Perhaps the most we're able to say this side of heaven is that a child's death doesn't make sense.
The Politics of Science
The Politics of Science
Recent studies on gay parenting and the abortion-suicide link showcase key tensions in our public life.
Forget What Your Mom or Teacher Says—You Aren't So Special After All
And why this is very good news.

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God’s Call on the Politically Ambivalent Christian
God’s Call on the Politically Ambivalent Christian
Don’t let partisan extremes and animosities prevent you from entering the arena for the sake of the common good.