Over the Rhine Fires Up Old Favorites on “Discount Fireworks”

It's not exactly a "best-of."Rather, Over the Rhine's new album Discount Fireworks is a collection of some of the highlights and memorable excursions along their 15-year journey.If you haven't discovered American music's best-kept secret, well, this may be the best place to start. It's not the most cohesive work they've released, because it spans more than a decade of different styles and sounds. … [Read more...]

Bringing “Through a Screen Darkly” to Bellingham

I'll be speaking at Open Windows, a gathering of people interested in faith and art, about Through a Screen Darkly: Looking Closer at Beauty, Truth & Evil in the Movies, 7:00 p.m., Sunday, February 18. … [Read more...]

That’s My University

The Seattle Times has more admiring words for Seattle Pacific University. … [Read more...]

The Top Ten Films of 2006, According to Christianity Today

The film critics of Christianity Today Movies have voted.And these are the Cream of the Crop ... the Top 10 Films of 2006.Quite a few critics contributed here, and we all had strikingly different opinions, so it's interesting to see how it all worked out. And hey, look what's at #3! The New World! … [Read more...]

My Conversation with Steve Taylor, and Other Bonus Materials

In October, I interviewed one of my heroes, rock star and filmmaker Steve Taylor about the experience of making his first feature film, The Second Chance.And then I wrote the interview into my book.And then the book got too long, and I had to cut several chapters.Sadly, the interview was one of the pieces that had to go, and that was one of the cuts that hurt the most. But I am now offering it as part of the book's bonus material. ... … [Read more...]

Margaret Smith – the adventure continues

One of the most inspiring and creative artists I know, Margaret Smith, seems to have some new and exciting chapter in her life opening up every time I talk with her.But this week, she's blogging about having made a remarkable decision. She's become a Benedictine oblate novice. Ahhh, following in the footsteps of the great Kathleen Norris. … [Read more...]

Matthew Winslow reviews "Through a Screen Darkly"

Infuze Magazine has not only posted the full first chapter for Through a Screen Darkly ... but they now have Matthew Winslow's review of the book. … [Read more...]

Flattered to Be Quoted, But…

This CanWest article about The Golden Compass rightly spotlights the crux of the conflict over author Phillip Pullman's anti-Christian prejudice and anti-C.S. Lewis propaganda. … [Read more...]

Screwtape on Screen?

Ralph Winter and Bristol Bay are bringing The Screwtape Letters to the big screen!The Screwtape Letters is such a powerful work, one of the highest pinnacles of C.S. Lewis's works. And in a world in which the whole idea of evil is constantly called into question, this text continues to serve as a treasure trove of insight.Wow. Who should play Screwtape? Who should play Wormwood?Who should direct it? … [Read more...]

“Amazing Grace”: Don’t Judge a Film By Its Preview

I can't publish my review of Amazing Grace yet. But I will say this. The preview led me to believe it would be cheesy, overly sentimental, and old-fashioned in the worst kind of way.I'm pleasantly surprised to tell you that you should plan to see it on opening night. There are plenty of highlights that make it worth your time and attention ... not the least of which is its unapologetic celebration of Christian faith, and strong (if unfortunately brief) performances by Albert Finney, Michael … [Read more...]