April (Web-only) 2013

Keaggy, Phil
The Musician Is a Master
To understand why Phil Keaggy is receiving ASCAP's Golden Note Award, you really need just one album.
Not 'That' Kind of Housework
Not 'That' Kind of Housework
Why many contemporary women are embracing knitting, home cooking, and a variety of domestic arts.
Bad Sex That "Just Happens"
Donna Frietas looks at the social pressures and cultural stereotypes that fuel the campus hookup culture.
Madonna's Humanitarian Diva Moment
Madonna's Humanitarian Diva Moment
Lessons from the singer's outburst in Malawi.
Ignoring Worker Injustice Won't Make It Go Away
Ignoring Worker Injustice Won't Make It Go Away
Taking the source of our shopping seriously.
Billy Graham Meets Martin Luther King Jr.—Again
Billy Graham Meets Martin Luther King Jr.—Again
The Rev. Samuel Rodriguez wants to reclaim the historic evangelical vision that marries evangelism, moral reform, and social crusades.
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The Latest in Movie News, April 29, 2013
The weekend box office, Into the Woods, James Franco, odd financial news from Netflix, and Django gets unchained in China.
Hashtags Won't Heal Us
Learning to lament in the 21st century.
Streaming This Weekend, April 26, 2013
Oblivion
Oblivion
Both Oblivion and Upstream Color are successful at their very different aims, even though neither does the job of great science fiction.
Upstream Color
Upstream Color
Both Oblivion and Upstream Color are successful at their very different aims, even though neither does the job of great science fiction.
Hey John Piper, Is My Femininity Showing?
Hey John Piper, Is My Femininity Showing?
The implications of allowing women to teach "indirectly."
Mud and the Case of the Southern Film
Mud and the Case of the Southern Film
Mud explores dimensions of care and violence intrinsic to Southern films, shedding light on what makes the genre work—and what doesn't.
The Latest in Movie News, April 25, 2013
Jim Caviezel, Guillermo Del Toro, Guys and Dolls, a Danish Western, and Shaun the Sheep gets a feature film.
Saying No to the Cutesy Baby Nursery
Saying No to the Cutesy Baby Nursery
We made room for our newborn, just not a room of her own.
Tears at the Table
Tears at the Table
My 'holy discontent' over hunger in America.
Wovenhand
The Laughing Stalk
David Eugene Edwards' gothic folk gets away with singing about Jesus by preaching without proselytizing.
My Cynical Christian Reality Check
My Cynical Christian Reality Check
How Pope Francis taught me about my own Christian stereotypes.
Thrift Shop Theology
Thrift Shop Theology
Poppin' tags with an unlikely spiritual teacher.
Religious Freedom Is Not a Zero-Sum Game
Religious Freedom Is Not a Zero-Sum Game
Paul Marshall, Nina Shea, and Lela Gilbert take an ecumenical approach to fighting international persecution.
The Latest in Movie News, April 22, 2013
Box office returns, Will Smith, Martin Scorcese's "Silence," Jason Sudeikis, and a ray of sunshine for the movie theater industry.
Loving Someone Who's Starving For Perfection
Loving Someone Who's Starving For Perfection
Our relationships can't cure eating disorders.
Streaming This Weekend, April 19, 2013
Looking for something to watch at home this weekend? Here's a few suggestions.
I'm Sick of Hearing About Your Smoking Hot Wife
I'm Sick of Hearing About Your Smoking Hot Wife
Sex in marriage beyond sayings, stereotypes, and Song of Solomon
The Latest in Movie News, April 19, 2013
Lots more Star Wars on the way. Also, Vince Vaughn, Tom Cruise, Cannes, and the effects of healthcare regulation on the movie industry.
The Reluctant Fundamentalist
The Reluctant Fundamentalist
Both 42 and The Reluctant Fundamentalist deal with issues of individual and systemic racial injustice—but come to very different conclusions.
42
42
Both 42 and The Reluctant Fundamentalist deal with issues of individual and systemic racial injustice - and come to very different conclusions.
Remembering George Beverly Shea
Remembering George Beverly Shea
Singer's most lasting achievement was introducing "How Great Thou Art" to America.
Let the Gamers Say "Amen!"
Let the Gamers Say "Amen!"
Finally! A balanced, generous perspective on what Christianity has to say about video games.
Pastors Push Back Against 'Annual Registration Fee'
Pastors Push Back Against 'Annual Registration Fee'
One Illinois city says it's charging churches a fee, but church leaders call it an unfair 'tax.'
A Labor of Love: The Birth Doula
A Labor of Love: The Birth Doula
Caring for new moms starts in the delivery room.
Don't Make George Soros Oppose Prostitution
Don't Make George Soros Oppose Prostitution
The government's ideology requirement at question in USAID v. Open Society International is dangerous.
"How Great Thou Art" & the 100-Year-Old Bass
"How Great Thou Art" & the 100-Year-Old Bass
The story of George Beverly Shea's signature tune.
God Wants You to Graduate
God Wants You to Graduate
San Antonio churches are learning that finishing high school equips their youth for greater service.
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You Talk Like a Girl
You Talk Like a Girl
How vocal fry affects women in the church.
The Moses of Soul
The Moses of Soul
64-year-old soul sensation Charles Bradley talks about his journey through the wilderness.
Sex Ed and the City
Sex Ed and the City
New York's text campaign doesn't connect with teens.
The Latest in Movie News, April 15, 2013
42, Michael Caine, Transcendence, Veronica Mars, and the moral questions around Pain and Gain.
Accidentally Racist and Intentionally Ignorant
Accidentally Racist and Intentionally Ignorant
How the controversial Brad Paisley-LL Cool J duet keeps us from seeing the real, systemic problems of race.
A Defense of the N-Word in Christian Hip Hop
A Defense of the N-Word in Christian Hip Hop
Considering controversial language in Sho Baraka's latest album.
The Real Value of a College Education
The Real Value of a College Education
Why Christians might challenge the view of college as an investment
To the Wonder
To the Wonder
The film is Malick at his Malickest, and at his most devout—which merits reflection on his body of work.
Hey Brand-New Mom, Ready for Your Close Up?
Reclaiming the natural beauty of delivery room pics.
The Latest in Movie News, April 11, 2013
A new western from Disney, Jim Carrey, Beautiful Ruins, Django in Beijing, and some dismal news for movie theaters.
Unearthing Gifts Once Abandoned for Motherhood
Unearthing Gifts Once Abandoned for Motherhood
Why Rebekah Lyons wants you to find your calling.
The Sorry State of the Apology
The Sorry State of the Apology
Scriptural responses to society's shallow regret.
Touching God in the Iranian Darkness
Touching God in the Iranian Darkness
Imprisoned for distributing Bibles in Iran, Maryam Rostampour and Marziyeh Amirizadeh saw its verses of suffering and forgiveness come alive.
Christians Can't Ignore the Uncomfortable Reality of Mental Illness
Christians Can't Ignore the Uncomfortable Reality of Mental Illness
Our shallow responses send the message that our faith has no answer for this kind of suffering.
When Suicide Strikes in the Body of Christ
When Suicide Strikes in the Body of Christ
Neither life nor death, not even suicide, can separate us from the love of God.
John McCandlish Phillips: Bright Light for Christ in the Big Apple
John McCandlish Phillips: Bright Light for Christ in the Big Apple
The New York Times stylist mixed his love of the Lord with his love of journalism.
David Crowder: Why Old Gospel Music Works in a Club
David Crowder: Why Old Gospel Music Works in a Club
The chart-topping worship leader has re-located to Atlanta, and is currently touring small rock venues across the U. S. with a "kitschy" Americana collective that has two albums in the works.
Snap Judgments: Our Societal Obsession With Taking Pictures
Snap Judgments: Our Societal Obsession With Taking Pictures
Honoring God in over-captured, over-shared, picture-perfect lives
The Latest in Movie News, April 8, 2013
Jeremy Irons' statement about gay marriage sparks controversy. Also, Iron Man 3, Guillermo del Toro's latest, and a big weekend at the box office.
Finding Faith After Spiritual Indoctrination
Finding Faith After Spiritual Indoctrination
The story of the girl who wouldn't stop asking questions.
The Place Beyond the Pines
The Place Beyond the Pines
The Place Beyond the Pines and Trance are two films that grapple with difficult moral dilemmas, but aren't quite up to the task.
Trance
Trance
The Place Beyond the Pines and Trance are two films that grapple with difficult moral dilemmas, but aren't quite up to the task.
Streaming This Weekend, April 5, 2013
Looking for something to watch at home this weekend? Here's a few picks..
Who Speaks for Complementarian Christians?
Who Speaks for Complementarian Christians?
For me, it's not the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood. It's the local church.
Beef Stroganoff Isn't Rocket Science
Beef Stroganoff Isn't Rocket Science
The New York Times' controversial Yvonne Brill obit and the sacred call to remember.
The Beauty of Life in Small Places
The Beauty of Life in Small Places
City-focused evangelicals have much to learn from Rod Dreher's memoir of small-town life.
The Latest in Movie News, April 4, 2013
RIP Roger Ebert. Also: a game-changing announcement from Fujifilm; Brad Pitt's latest; Boyle won't do Bond; and Richard Rodriguez reinvents casting.
Believing in a Better Modesty Movement
Believing in a Better Modesty Movement
How we teach purity through a celebration of beauty and self-respect.
Entertainment Isn't a Trivial Pursuit
Entertainment Isn't a Trivial Pursuit
Why pop culture can be rich with meaning, insight, and value for our lives.
All Hail Maggie Smith
All Hail Maggie Smith
Finally, someone shows us how to age with dignity.
How Breastfeeding Brought Me Closer to God
How Breastfeeding Brought Me Closer to God
Nursing became the spiritual discipline that taught me to slow down and rest.
Pope Francis's Emerging Revolution
Pope Francis's Emerging Revolution
I'm not a Catholic, but each day brings more encouraging news about the new bishop of Rome.
Audrey Assad Shifts Gears
Audrey Assad Shifts Gears
With no record contracts to fulfill, she wants to get everyone singing.
The Latest in Movie News, April 1, 2013
Box office returns, RIP Richard Griffiths, Wes Anderson's latest, a Chinese Iron Man, and the Coens get religion (maybe).
Remembering Edith Schaeffer
Remembering Edith Schaeffer, the Evangelical in Pearls and Chanel No. 5
She helped us see art and beauty's place in Christian life.

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