What happens when four Christians talk about movies in a bar?

The Kindlings Muse ... it's the Oscar party you missed! … [Read more...]

My Appearance on the Albert Mohler Program

You can now listen to my interview with on the radio program with Dr. Albert Mohler!What thoughtful questions, and what a gracious, welcoming way he has with guests on the show. It was a privilege to speak with him. … [Read more...]

A Great Week of Radio Interviews

I want to thankMelissa Flores of Maryland's "The Listener Cafe" on the He's Alive Network Andrew Tallman of The Andrew Tallman Show in Phoenix, Arizona (I was scheduled for 15 minutes, but we ended up on the air for more than an hour! Really exciting chat.) Georgene Rice of Portland, Oregon's KPDQ John Hall and Stephanie Fraschetti of WordFM in Pittsburgh Dr. Albert Mohler of the Albert Moher Program in Kentucky... for the way they welcomed me to their radio programs over the … [Read more...]

Dick Staub on “Pan’s Labyrinth” and “Amazing Grace”

When I first met Dick Staub, he was a Christian radio talk-show host who knew how to perform compelling, gracious, unpredictable interviews.Then I got hooked on his blog, where he ponders the state of Christianity and culture... Staublog.Then he went off to start a whole new venture... The Kindlings Muse... leading conversations about faith, culture, politics, theology, and art, in the public forum of Hale's Pub and Brewery in Seattle, Washington. And his new book is called The … [Read more...]

Have We Lost Our Minds?

If you've been reading the CT Feedback page and reading this blog, you've seen a lot of recent criticism, and read a lot of accusations, regarding the philosophy of CT Movies reviewers.Well, my blog post describing our "philosophy" inspired an invitation to share the same thoughts at Christianity Today Movies. So my editor, Mark Moring, and I did a bit of editing and polishing and now here it is again, new and improved, with a much better title. … [Read more...]

KPDQ, 4:15PM, in Portland TODAY!!

I'll be on the Georgene Rice show in Portland at 4:15! … [Read more...]

Inspired by the Oscars: My Thank-You Speech for Last Night’s Celebration

Last night, while Hollywood got ready for the Oscars, I had the incredible privilege of gathering with many of the most influential people in my life, and a whole lot of people I didn't know at all, in a little bookstore in La Conner, Washington, called The Next Chapter. … [Read more...]

Were the Voters Blindfolded?

Somebody explain to me how you can watch Pan's Labyrinth and Children of Men and think that Pan's Labyrinth is the better work of cinematography? … [Read more...]

Oscar Thoughts … as the Show Goes On (Updated)

How do you start things off on a bad note? You take a gospel choir and have them parade around singing "Hallelujah" in honor of the nominees.Isn't that just about the epitome of the industry's self-congratulation? Taaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaacky!Otherwise, I appreciated the low-key intro by Ellen DeGeneres.-----------------------------------------------------------------------------I wish The Prestige had taken Best Art Direction. The art direction in that film was complex, colorful, … [Read more...]

Should Christians Give Christian Movies Rave Reviews?

If you've been reading this blog recently, you know that Christian film critics sometimes get blasted for pointing out weaknesses in Christian films.I thought I'd ask the thoughtful, eloquent crowd of Christians over at ArtsandFaith.com what they think about this question: … [Read more...]


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