Love Thy Neighbor as Mister Rogers Did
A new documentary shows how a gentle Presbyterian minister turned TV inside out.
A new documentary shows how a gentle Presbyterian minister turned TV inside out. played to a packed house at the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival.
‘Wild Wild Country’ Hits Close to Home
The new Netflix documentary reveals an uncomfortable truth about American religious innovation.
The new Netflix documentary reveals an uncomfortable truth about American religious innovation. Opinion | Pop Culture. 'Wild Wild Country' Hits Close to Home.
The Unexplored Faith in Ken Burns’s ‘The Mayo Clinic’
Film relates the role of faith in the prestigious hospital founding but remains quiet about patients’ own beliefs.
Embracing a faith legacy, respecting diversity. While it missed patients' own faith, the documentary focused on the Mayo Clinic's commitment to its patients-first foundation.
Mr. Rogers Had a Dangerous Side
Underneath the gentle smile and neighborly manner, he was driven by anger at the way the world treated children.
emotional lives of children. As the recent documentary Won't You Be My Neighbor? makes clear, his ordination was central to his life and work. Only rarely did
HBO’s ‘Solitary’ Revisits Why It’s Not Good for Man to Be Alone
Kristi Jacobson’s penetrating new documentary confronts viewers with the soul-withering effects of solitary confinement.
Kristi Jacobson's penetrating new documentary confronts viewers with the soul-withering effects of solitary confinement. HBO's 'Solitary' Revisits Why It's Not Good for Man to Be Alone.
Let’s Quit the Tug-of-War over Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s Legacy
How the German martyr’s example has been used—and abused—in American public discourse.
Evangelicals creatively engaged his story in documentary films, an award-winning radio drama, and even a Christian romance novel in which, writes Haynes, “Bonhoeffer serves as the
Has Tony Robbins Preached at My Church?
Turn down the volume on this new documentary and the structure and techniques look a lot like Sunday morning.
Turn down the volume on this new documentary and the structure and techniques look a lot like Sunday morning. Has Tony Robbins Preached at My Church?
#StuffChurchpeopleSay: The Funniest Sermon Responses
Let's get a laugh or two, or even a raised eyebrow, from our fellow well-intentioned congregants.
Dan Donahue @dpdonny: “I saw a documentary on Hell and thought of you.” Um, thanks… I think?”. Joey Rogers @JoeyRogersMBC: “Had a visitor at a church plant I did back in 2000.
Laughing At, Or Laughing With?
When is it okay to laugh at characters in a documentary - and when does that laughter cross a line?
When is it okay to laugh at characters in a documentary - and when does that laughter cross a line? Laughing At, Or Laughing With? When is it okay
In 'The Keepers,' Harrowing Crimes Awaken Our Longing for Justice
Netflix's troubling true-crime docuseries wrestles with what happens when murder and abuse go unpunished.
Those who know a bit about the show's background might find this to be an odd comparison, since The Keepers is a documentary, and The Wire, for all its gritty realism, is still a work of
Pew: No Pope Francis ‘Effect’ Among US Christians
The pope remains popular, but hasn’t inspired people to join his church—or even roused Catholics to go to Mass more often.
effect”—a phrase used to describe the presumed positive impact of Pope Francis upon Catholicism—has been used so often that it has inspired a book, a podcast, and a documentary.
Can Pain Cultivate Empathy in Us?
Research suggests yes, and even the unlikely can grow. But our suffering Savior is the best model.
to feel empathy, but in a study, females diagnosed as narcissists showed significantly more empathy when told to “imagine how she feels” while watching a short documentary on an
How Larry Norman Became the Elvis Presley of Christian Rock
His music inspired a generation of Jesus freaks, but he never shook the suspicion of being a wolf in sheep’s clothing.
lives in recent American Christianity could be reconstructed—not from the faulty memories of former associates 40 years after the fact but from real-time documentary evidence.
On the Film Festival Trail
The surprising Christian energy—and partnership—in the world of Sundance and True/False.
see four movies or more—one day I fit in the Irish musical Sing Street, the drama Christine, the history-making premiere of The Birth of a Nation, and Holy Hell, a documentary about a
Pew: White Evangelicals Want Stricter Gun Laws Too
Even America’s most gun-friendly religious group agrees with the rest of the nation on certain proposals to limit access.
by our seemingly unrestrained enthusiasm for easy gun access,” Rob Schenck, the pastor behind the Prayers and Action petition as well as an acclaimed 2015 documentary on gun