July (Web-only) 2013

Community Is In the Details
Community Is In the DetailsSubscriber Access Only
Justin McRoberts's latest project is a lovingly crafted set of letters.
Chains of Injustice
Chains of InjusticeSubscriber Access Only
The heartbreaking reality for female inmates in the U.S.
What God May Be Up to In the Land of the Bible
What God May Be Up to In the Land of the BibleSubscriber Access Only
Why and how to “pray for the peace of Jerusalem.”
The Not-Hopeless, Anti-Romantic
The Not-Hopeless, Anti-RomanticSubscriber Access Only
What Madame Bovary taught me about love and life.
'Don't Give Up on Japan'
'Don't Give Up on Japan'Subscriber Access Only
Post-disaster, Tokyo pastor Jonathan Wilson urges ‘outward-looking’ missions in reaching Japanese for Christ.
Motion Picture Prayer
Motion Picture PrayerSubscriber Access Only
An overlooked summer thriller finds a new cinematic use for prayer.
The Invisible Generation
The Invisible GenerationSubscriber Access Only
Youth-focused Christianity may be sidelining the gifts of older women.
Bobby McFerrin Gets Spirit-You-All
Bobby McFerrin Gets Spirit-You-AllSubscriber Access Only
Releasing his first gospel album, the acclaimed singer talks about church, his father's legacy, and covering Bob Dylan.
The Quick Take for July 26, 2013Subscriber Access Only
Our new weekly cheat sheet with streaming picks, movie news, and a roundup of critics' responses to recent releases.
I’m Childless, Not Child-Incompetent
I’m Childless, Not Child-IncompetentSubscriber Access Only
Healing the rift between parents and non-parents.
Blue Jasmine
Blue JasmineSubscriber Access Only
Woody Allen's latest: same lyrics, different melody, this time a variation on Tennessee Williams.
A Dad's Perspective: Why I Tell My Daughters to Dress Modestly
A Dad's Perspective: Why I Tell My Daughters to Dress Modestly
Replacing the restrictions of modesty with the appropriate attire of Christian love.
The Wolverine
The WolverineSubscriber Access Only
Less Rambo, more Die Hard, in the best way.
Who Would Buy a One-Way Ticket to Mars?
Who Would Buy a One-Way Ticket to Mars?Subscriber Access Only
Out-of-this world commitment from people who seem less committed than ever.
Will We Ever Get Beyond Race?
Will We Ever Get Beyond Race?Subscriber Access Only
After Trayvon Martin, we need only look to churches to see a glimmer of potential.
Saving Chimps, Serving God
Saving Chimps, Serving GodSubscriber Access Only
Is animal welfare (finally) returning to the Christian conscience?
Women of the Web
Women of the WebSubscriber Access Only
Finding solidarity, inspiration, and conversation between Jewish and evangelical bloggers.
Girl Most Likely
Girl Most LikelySubscriber Access Only
What the latest Kristen Wiig vehicle has to say to Christians who have embraced a culturally-engaged, intellectually serious faith.
Death Be Not Proud
Death Be Not ProudSubscriber Access Only
Two movies out this weekend deal with death - in very different ways.
Streaming This Weekend - July 19, 2013Subscriber Access Only
Here's some picks for those looking to stay in this weekend.
The Joy of Instagram
The Joy of InstagramSubscriber Access Only
Pausing our Internet cynicism to celebrate the little moments.
The Age of Abstinence-Only Sex Ed is Over
The Age of Abstinence-Only Sex Ed is OverSubscriber Access Only
With high rates of teen sexual activity, Christian parents must talk safe sex, too.
Why Do We Keep Saying Boys Are Easier?
Why Do We Keep Saying Boys Are Easier?Subscriber Access Only
The unfair, unbiblical double standard that’s hurting our daughters.
Turbo
TurboSubscriber Access Only
What if your purported underdog is never anything but, well, an overdog?
A Real Happily-Ever-After for Babies With Down Syndrome
A Real Happily-Ever-After for Babies With Down SyndromeSubscriber Access Only
Abortion, adoption, and yet again, ignorance over special needs.
Gender and the Trinity: An Interview with Psychologist Larry Crabb
Gender and the Trinity: An Interview with Psychologist Larry CrabbSubscriber Access Only
The author of 'Inside Out' makes a new elevator pitch for male and female.
Ways to Live ForeverSubscriber Access Only
Red 2
Red 2Subscriber Access Only
Responding to Trayvon Martin: Our Renewed Call to Suffer Together
Responding to Trayvon Martin: Our Renewed Call to Suffer TogetherSubscriber Access Only
Racial reconciliation isn’t about being politically correct; it’s about being biblically correct.
Is Family Decline Behind Religious Decline?
Is Family Decline Behind Religious Decline?Subscriber Access Only
It's an important factor, but it's not the whole story.
The Latest in Movie News, July 15, 2013Subscriber Access Only
A timely little film hits it big at the box office. Also, Robert McKee, blockbusters, and Sharknado.
What Does Preaching Do to Your Brain?
What Does Preaching Do to Your Brain?Subscriber Access Only
Richard Cox explores the findings of neuroscience on how we hear sermons.
Streaming This Weekend, July 12, 2013Subscriber Access Only
Staying in this weekend? There's some great new releases on Amazon and Netflix.
Why Criticism Belongs in the Christian Blogosphere
Why Criticism Belongs in the Christian BlogosphereSubscriber Access Only
There's a difference between critics and haters.
Grown Ups 2
Grown Ups 2Subscriber Access Only
Pacific Rim has monsters, but Grown Ups 2 is simply monstrous.
Pacific Rim
Pacific RimSubscriber Access Only
Pacific Rim has monsters, but Grown Ups 2 is simply monstrous.
Are Birth Defects Really Part of God's Plan?
Are Birth Defects Really Part of God's Plan?Subscriber Access Only
After the death of my twins, I had to rethink what it means to be fearfully and wonderfully made.
Proposed Food Aid Reforms Put International Programs at Risk
Proposed Food Aid Reforms Put International Programs at RiskSubscriber Access Only
In this tight-budget era, what works in theory likely won't result in legislative success.
How the Obama Administration Is Right on Food Aid Reform
How the Obama Administration Is Right on Food Aid ReformSubscriber Access Only
New local purchasing efforts could be far more effective than current ones.
The Latest in Movie News, July 11, 2013Subscriber Access Only
A Christian Case Against Early Marriage
A Christian Case Against Early MarriageSubscriber Access Only
Sometimes you need to break up to grow up.
They Got High on Jesus Instead
They Got High on Jesus InsteadSubscriber Access Only
Larry Eskridge remembers the hippies, druggies, and assorted countercultural freaks who embraced Christianity in the late 1960s.
On Faith and Finance: In God We Trust
On Faith and Finance: In God We TrustSubscriber Access Only
A Christian perspective in a spending, swiping economy
The Blurred Lines of Cultural Consumption
The Blurred Lines of Cultural ConsumptionSubscriber Access Only
Transformation, redemption, and a certain raunchy Robin Thicke video.
The Very Worst Trend Ever
The Very Worst Trend EverSubscriber Access Only
How our love of brokenness actually fails us.
Solving Poverty Is Rocket Science
Solving Poverty Is Rocket ScienceSubscriber Access Only
Christians are among America’s most compassionate people. But we can do a better job responding to the complexity of poverty.
What Post-Racial America?
What Post-Racial America?Subscriber Access Only
Our country’s racial realities require us to turn to God… together.
Preaching Liberty to the Colonists
Preaching Liberty to the ColonistsSubscriber Access Only
The American revolutionaries justified their cause with ample appeals to Scripture. But what should Christians think of the conclusions they drew?
Youth Ministry's Family Blind Spot
Youth Ministry's Family Blind SpotSubscriber Access Only
Churches might be spending too much time preparing us for missions and not enough for motherhood.
Briefly: CopperheadSubscriber Access Only
A brief look at the new film by the director of Gods and Generals.
Not-So-Pretty Little Liars
Not-So-Pretty Little LiarsSubscriber Access Only
James Clapper, Big Brother, and our demand for truth in politics.
Why We Need Breaking Bad
Why We Need Breaking Bad Subscriber Access Only
Watching Walt's slow slide off the moral cliff might just inoculate us against what TV usually teaches.
The Latest in Movie News, July 1, 2013Subscriber Access Only
Fewer sequels from Pixar, new members at the Academy, box office returns, and a documentary about the March on Washington.
The Lone Ranger
The Lone RangerSubscriber Access Only
Even if you agree with what this remake attempts to do, this was the wrong way to do it.
Same-Sex Marriage and the Single Christian
Same-Sex Marriage and the Single ChristianSubscriber Access Only
How marriage-happy churches are unwittingly fueling same-sex coupling—and leaving singles like me in the dust.
On Gettysburg's 150th, New Museum Examines Faith's Role
On Gettysburg's 150th, New Museum Examines Faith's RoleSubscriber Access Only
$15 million Seminary Ridge Museum opens with focus on "duty and devotion."
There's No Such Thing as a 'Boy Color' or 'Girl Color'
There's No Such Thing as a 'Boy Color' or 'Girl Color'Subscriber Access Only
The short history of our blue-pink designations.

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How Megachurches Spent Coronavirus Relief Funds
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Religious groups got $7.3B in forgivable loans. That financial security helped ministry teams focus.