February (Web-only) 2016

The Christians, the Soviets, and the Bible
The Christians, the Soviets, and the BibleSubscriber Access Only
‘The Americans’ has handled Christianity in a way unlike almost any other show. What’s going on?
Is It Okay for a Christian To…?
Is It Okay for a Christian To…?Subscriber Access Only
Replacing our frantic Googling with God’s peace.
Q+A with Oscar Nominee: What’s So Funny About the West Bank?
Q+A with Oscar Nominee: What’s So Funny About the West Bank?Subscriber Access Only
Basil Khalil’s irreverent and insightful ‘Ave Maria’ sheds light on Arab Christians.
Did Will Smith Deserve an Oscar Nomination?
Did Will Smith Deserve an Oscar Nomination?Subscriber Access Only
How do we judge good acting? And why does it matter?
Why Max Lucado Broke His Political Silence for Trump
Why Max Lucado Broke His Political Silence for TrumpSubscriber Access Only
In the face of a candidate’s antics, ‘America’s Pastor’ speaks out.
Contact With Mystery
Contact With MysterySubscriber Access Only
On Cormac McCarthy, Flannery O’Connor, and what 'The Revenant' misses on purpose.
Our Histories Are Not Created Equal
Our Histories Are Not Created EqualSubscriber Access Only
Why Americans should be upfront with our kids—and ourselves—about how power and privilege shaped our backgrounds.
How Trump Tempts Us
How Trump Tempts UsSubscriber Access Only
Politics is not about one thing, but many things held in tension.
Mavis Staples: Voice of Joy and Justice
Mavis Staples: Voice of Joy and Justice Subscriber Access Only
The new HBO documentary “Mavis!” takes a look at the woman who has lent her distinct voice to the cause of love for more than six decades.
Kanye West’s Work-in-Progress
Kanye West’s Work-in-ProgressSubscriber Access Only
Why the rapper’s new ‘gospel’ album, ‘The Life of Pablo,’ has Christians curious.
What Could Possibly Be Wrong with Christian Masturbation?
What Could Possibly Be Wrong with Christian Masturbation?Subscriber Access Only
In both marriage and singleness, our bodies are not just for ourselves.
Puppets and Predestination
Puppets and PredestinationSubscriber Access Only
Charlie Kaufman's stories are curiously devoid of religion but loaded with religious concerns.
On Dying and Reckoning with the Prosperity Gospel
On Dying and Reckoning with the Prosperity GospelSubscriber Access Only
How church historian Kate Bowler's cancer diagnosis brought her face-to-face with the beauty and terror of the popular movement.
Race, Religion, and the Republican Dilemma
Race, Religion, and the Republican DilemmaSubscriber Access Only
The church has an opportunity to encourage human flourishing even more.
The Pro-Life Case for Paid Maternity Leave
The Pro-Life Case for Paid Maternity LeaveSubscriber Access Only
Where are the conservative Christians rallying for working moms?
10 Obscure Gospel Moments Most Jesus Films Miss
10 Obscure Gospel Moments Most Jesus Films MissSubscriber Access Only
A look at commonly neglected gospel stories and films that depict them.
I Love My Kids—That's Why I Tell Them 'No'
I Love My Kids—That's Why I Tell Them 'No'Subscriber Access Only
The blogger behind 'We Are THAT Family' shares her advice on combating entitlement.
The Humble Coach Behind Celebrity Christianity
The Humble Coach Behind Celebrity ChristianitySubscriber Access Only
Remembering the tenacity and ironies of Fellowship of Christian Athletes founder Don McClanen.
Status Update: Still Struggling
Status Update: Still Struggling Subscriber Access Only
Adoption is a good thing, kids are cute, but let’s be real: This mess is hard.
Searching for the Exit in ‘The Twilight Zone’
Searching for the Exit in ‘The Twilight Zone’Subscriber Access Only
Not only is the classic sci-fi show entertaining—it has a fascinating take on the afterlife.
When Sex Leaves You Wanting More
When Sex Leaves You Wanting MoreSubscriber Access Only
Reflecting on female libido and Christian marriage.
Dispatch from Berlinale—‘Zero Days’
Dispatch from Berlinale—‘Zero Days’Subscriber Access Only
A compelling and essential documentary about worms, terrorism, cyber warfare, and Stuxnet.
Dispatch from Berlinale—'The Son of Joseph'
Dispatch from Berlinale—'The Son of Joseph'Subscriber Access Only
Biblical allusions abound in a farcical, good-hearted French tale.
Antonin Scalia: Devout Christian, Worldly Judge
Antonin Scalia: Devout Christian, Worldly JudgeSubscriber Access Only
A faithful man lives out his faith on the bench with restraint.
Can We Survive the Visual Tsunami?
Can We Survive the Visual Tsunami?Subscriber Access Only
Could there be a deeper rationale for the first commandment?
Dear Everyone: Stop Writing Open Letters
Dear Everyone: Stop Writing Open LettersSubscriber Access Only
Open letters have changed history, but our petty online rants are getting old.
Closing Windows
Closing WindowsSubscriber Access Only
Searching for truth in the information age? Try Google.
Dispatch from Berlinale—‘Alone in Berlin’
Dispatch from Berlinale—‘Alone in Berlin’Subscriber Access Only
A misfire that had great potential.
Dispatch from Berlinale—‘The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble’
Dispatch from Berlinale—‘The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble’Subscriber Access Only
This joy-filled music documentary also makes a case for friendship across traditions and borders.
God Loved Alexander Hamilton
God Loved Alexander HamiltonSubscriber Access Only
But did this particular Founding Father love God?
Lauren Chandler: How God Wrings Out Praise During Tough Times
Lauren Chandler: How God Wrings Out Praise During Tough TimesSubscriber Access Only
The singer, pastor’s wife, and author opens up about God’s ‘Steadfast Love.’
Joseph Fiennes Talks About Playing a Skeptic in ‘Risen’
Joseph Fiennes Talks About Playing a Skeptic in ‘Risen’Subscriber Access Only
The star of the upcoming Bible film talks about his new film, the nature of belief, gladiator school, and Eric Liddell.
Dispatch from Berlinale–'A Quiet Passion'
Dispatch from Berlinale–'A Quiet Passion'Subscriber Access Only
A film about the life of Emily Dickinson evokes what it meant to see life through the poet's twin obsessions with mortality and eternity.
Dispatch from Berlinale–'Midnight Special'
Dispatch from Berlinale–'Midnight Special'Subscriber Access Only
The latest from Jeff Nichols that is something quite different beneath the scifi surface.
First Love, Last Love: Courtship Culture and the Teen Cancer Romance
First Love, Last Love: Courtship Culture and the Teen Cancer RomanceSubscriber Access Only
Movies like 'A Walk to Remember,' 'Twilight,' and 'The Fault in Our Stars' have picked up on a key facet of the way we talk about teen romance.
God's Place in Black History
God's Place in Black HistorySubscriber Access Only
Looking to the past provides direction for the current fight for justice.
The Best Books to Read for Lent (That You Won't Find in a Christian Bookstore)
The Best Books to Read for Lent (That You Won't Find in a Christian Bookstore)Subscriber Access Only
Ten examples of literature and poetry that nurture and confront the soul.
Thousands of Jen Hatmaker Fans Bought Her Book for Strangers
Thousands of Jen Hatmaker Fans Bought Her Book for StrangersSubscriber Access Only
For the Love, indeed.
Finding Healing in Front of the Camera
Finding Healing in Front of the CameraSubscriber Access Only
A Christian considers the benefits of boudoir photography.
What Wheaton, Hawkins, and Others Said at Public Reconciliation Attempt
What Wheaton, Hawkins, and Others Said at Public Reconciliation AttemptSubscriber Access Only
(UPDATED) Ryken: We are 'trusting as a campus for God to restore what's been lost.' Hawkins: 'Embodied solidarity continues its journey.'
Why a Post-Christian Nation Needs a President of Faith
Why a Post-Christian Nation Needs a President of FaithSubscriber Access Only
Religion gives candidates an advantage in advocating for all.
Why Lent Is Good for Bad Christians
Why Lent Is Good for Bad ChristiansSubscriber Access Only
The somber season leading up to Easter might feel like punishment. In fact, for people like me, it's sheer grace.
We Are Followers of a Middle Eastern Refugee
We Are Followers of a Middle Eastern Refugee Subscriber Access Only
Security doesn’t have to come at the expense of compassion.
Lent in the Shadow of Cancer
Lent in the Shadow of CancerSubscriber Access Only
Three writers reflect on breast cancer, bodies, and resurrection hope.
The Year in Liturgical Cinema: Ash Wednesday and Lent
The Year in Liturgical Cinema: Ash Wednesday and LentSubscriber Access Only
In "The Revenant," "The Grey," and "Ikiru," we reflect on mortality and repentance.
3 Reasons Election Season Is Good For You
3 Reasons Election Season Is Good For YouSubscriber Access Only
It’s easy to despair over candidates, but we have good reason to celebrate this time in our country’s life.
The Wheaton Controversy Ends, but I’m Still Torn
The Wheaton Controversy Ends, but I’m Still Torn Subscriber Access Only
My struggle to understand the complicated relationship between trust, truth, and transparency.
When Art Doesn't Make Us Better People
When Art Doesn't Make Us Better PeopleSubscriber Access Only
"The Club," a disturbing film about guilt and damnation, raises questions about art that resists creating empathy.
An Ambassador to the ‘Spiritual but Not Religious’
An Ambassador to the ‘Spiritual but Not Religious’Subscriber Access Only
Why David Dark thinks it’s a mistake to reject the R-word.
Bring Back Blind Dating
Bring Back Blind DatingSubscriber Access Only
Online matches put the pressure on us, while setups offer a sense of community support.
Pride, Prejudice, Zombies, and Straw Men
Pride, Prejudice, Zombies, and Straw MenSubscriber Access Only
It's not a satire. It's not a comedy. It's not anything, really.
7 New Theology Books You Should Read This Year
7 New Theology Books You Should Read This YearSubscriber Access Only
A list to help you grow intellectually and spiritually.
The Story Behind the Jesus Storybook Bible
Q+A: The Story Behind the Jesus Storybook BibleSubscriber Access Only
Sally Lloyd-Jones wrote a kids Bible so popular that they’re releasing an adult version.
To Hope All Things About the American Voter
To Hope All Things About the American VoterSubscriber Access Only
Can Christians transcend the nihilism of our politics?
A Better Way to Be Evangelical
A Better Way to Be EvangelicalSubscriber Access Only
"You keep using that word. I don't think it means what you think it means."
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We Don’t Age Out of Our Sexuality
We Don’t Age Out of Our Sexuality
Balancing love, desire, and the demands of midlife.
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'Hail, Caesar!' — A Tale of the Christ?
'Hail, Caesar!' — A Tale of the Christ?Subscriber Access Only
"Hail, Caesar!" is both a romp through Hollywood's Golden Age and an unlikely Passion Play.
I Know Why the Government Went After Pro-Life Journalists
I Know Why the Government Went after Pro-Life Investigative JournalistsSubscriber Access Only
For those determined to speak out according to our deeply held beliefs, the price tag is becoming increasingly steep.
Are Pro-Lifers Borrowing Pro-Choice Philosophy?
Why Are Pro-Lifers Borrowing Pro-Choice Philosophy?Subscriber Access Only
Pre-Roe v. Wade, the pro-life movement vehemently denounced the idea that the end justifies the means.
Why I Gave in to Barbie, Even Before Her Size Change
Why I Gave in to Barbie, Even Before Her Size ChangeSubscriber Access Only
Barbie teaches my girls to play. I’ll let other examples teach them about being a woman.
Confessions of a Controlling Wife
Confessions of a Controlling WifeSubscriber Access Only
My journey from cheerleader to critic and back again
When Your Child Is a Prodigal
When Your Child Is a ProdigalSubscriber Access Only
We’ve been waiting 15 years, and there’s no “happy ending” in sight.
Give Us a King!: Leadership Theory for Election Season
Give Us a King!: Leadership Theory for Election SeasonSubscriber Access Only
Historic trends bring context to Trump’s confounding popularity.
Confessions of a (Sinful) Overachiever
Confessions of a (Sinful) OverachieverSubscriber Access Only
Praise or mockery: The problem with our reactions to “super-moms.”

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How I Explained Beirut’s Explosion to My Kids
How I Explained Beirut’s Explosion to My Kids
As Christian parents, our children must know we will keep them safe. But that does not mean keeping them comfortable.