The Conjuring 2: An example of why movies cost so damn much

The other day I was approached by someone from Grace Hill Media, one of many marketing companies that help spin films toward faith-based audiences, to see if I was interested in partnering with them to help promote upcoming films on my blog. I said sure, mostly because they offered some free perks, like press screenings, giveaways, [Read More…]

Why we love “The Walking Dead”

Maybe you don’t love the Walking Dead, but millions of people do. The question is, why? I’ve just had a new piece published on this topic by CWR magazine. I get into why we love zombies as well as why we’re drawn continually to the post-apocalyptic settings in which such stories take place You can [Read More…]

Check out a new documentary I wrote and edited

It’s a “making of” film about a new album called Songs for Justice. Produced in collaboration with International Justice Mission, the album was recorded in a weekend at Castle Röhrsdorf Studio in Dresden, Germany, which just happens to be owned by my friend Dave Krysko, executive producer of Hellbound?  The album features nine international singer-songwriters, including [Read More…]

The best response I’ve seen to “The Interview” fiasco

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Kevin DeYoung — the complete “Hellbound?” interview

This rounds out my collection of “young, restless and Reformed” interviewees. Like Justin Taylor, Kevin doesn’t have nearly the name recognition of Mark Driscoll, but he’s certainly more of a “brain trust” in the Reformed world. My conversation with Kevin was uncomfortable and awkward at times. He has called his involvement with the film “interesting,” [Read More…]

More from the “Hellbound?” vault — Paul Young, Baxter Krueger and John McMurray

Originally, we planned to interview all three of these guys separately, but they insisted on doing it as a group discussion. Unfortunately, we weren’t really equipped for that from a technical point of view (we had only one camera and three mics), but we improvised and, thankfully, were at least able to use snippets of this [Read More…]

God hates… rocket surgery?

This is one of several deleted scenes from Hellbound? Many people have advised me never to release this, but to hell with that. The idea for this segment was born over beers and burgers at Prime 16 in New Haven the evening we interviewed Miroslav Volf at Yale. We were on our way to Houston [Read More…]

Justin Taylor – the full “Hellbound?” interview

Continuing with the “young, restless and Reformed” theme, begun with my interview with Mark Driscoll, I bring you my full interview with Justin Taylor. Though not a household name like Driscoll, Justin is an influential blogger at the Gospel Coalition whose pre-emptive post, Rob Bell: Universalist?, which was a response to the book trailer for [Read More…]

Mark Driscoll – the full “Hellbound?” interview

I’ve been meaning to post this for a while, but Vimeo has been giving me all sorts of technical grief. At any rate, it’s finally online. It goes for just over an hour, and it features everything you saw in the film and a whole lot more, including a spot where Mark gets a little [Read More…]

Something funny for a Friday…

When I saw this photo, I simply had to caption it. [Read more…]