Frederick Buechner on the role of the religious

The Detroit Free Press hands the microphone to Frederick Buechner for a few typically powerful words from the heart. "What we need to do as religious persons, I think, is we need to become tellers of holy secrets. ... I'm talking here about the deeper secrets in life that give us glimpses of a world beyond this world." … [Read more...]

Another, um, notable review of "United 93"

Keith Uhlich at Slant: ...it is nowhere near as strong as the stink of synergy. Certainly this isn't the first Hollywood production done in by the competing corporate and personal interests that funded it (consider the unspoken implications—both commercial and propagandistic—of the film's last-minute title change from Flight 93 to United 93), but it is the only one I've come across where the families of those onboard gave it their full-on approval. Not all the families, of course. All … [Read more...]

At last, someone says it out loud: Air vents are not for people!

Screenwriter John August (Big Fish, Corpse Bride) has launched a strike aganst a target that should have been destroyed a long time ago. Air vents are for air, people. Air. … [Read more...]

Steven Greydanus on “United 93″

My trusted friend and colleague Steven D. Greydanus has seen United 93. And he says, It is not exploitative. It is not manipulative. It is not strident or judgmental. It does not demonize or lionize anybody. It is as restrained, as respectful, as deeply moving a tribute to the passengers of United Flight 93 (not to mention assorted key players on the ground) as I can imagine a film being. As a New York area resident who watched the WTC burn and fall with my own eyes, I am deeply appreciative … [Read more...]

Top Five Questions Rocking the Moviegoer World

Ever since I heard a local news anchor make the hilarious claim that The Gospel of Judas is "rocking the Christian world," I've become fond of that phrase. (I have yet to meet any Christian whose faith has been overturned, or even jostled, by the re-emergence of a heresy that was long ago dismissed by thinking Christians.) So I've decided to look around for what might (not) be rocking other people's worlds. In that spirit, here are the Top Five Questions Rocking the Moviegoer World This … [Read more...]

Scott Derrickson to direct John Milton’s "Paradise Lost"

Yes, you read that right. Variety is reporting that the director of The Exorcism of Emily Rose, Scott Derrickson (who occasionally stops by here with some comments), is going to direct the big screen version of John Milton's epic poem Paradise Lost. The questions are rushing to my brain so fast I hardly know where to begin. Who...? How...? What will they...? Here's hoping he invites his good friend Wim Wenders along as a technical advisor. After all, Wenders has worked with angels … [Read more...]

Scott Cairns: Attending to the presence of God

A poet whose work is as nourishing to me as any art I've encountered--Scott Cairns--is being featured in the Columbia Missourian. … [Read more...]

Andy Whitman on The Innocence Mission

Paste's Andy Whitman is joining the latest wave of love for The Innocence Mission, upon the re-release of their marvelous Birds of My Neighborhood. Have you seen the winning entries to my "Describe the Innocence Mission's music" contest? … [Read more...]

John Wilson on The Gospel of Judas

John Wilson of Books and Culture has just posted a few thoughts on The Gospel of Judas. Last week, as we have done for many years, our small group met for a seder in Holy Week. One of my friends asked me about the Gospel of Jesus, whether it is the sort of thing that is likely to challenge the faith of many people. The best response for anyone who wonders about it is to read The Gospel of Judas and Robinson's book, too. (The stories about the Gospel of Judas don't begin to capture its essential … [Read more...]

Three new first-impression reviews: T Bone Burnett, Over the Rhine, Innocence Mission

THE TRUE FALSE REPORT I've just posted three new, short reviews on the Looking Closer music page. T Bone Burnett's The True False Identity Over the Rhine's Live from Nowhere, Volume One and The Innocence Mission's re-mastered version of Birds of My Neighborhood. And, what's more... THE WINNERS of the "Describe The Innocence Mission's Music" contest. … [Read more...]


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