Looking Closer Breaks New Ground in September

In September, I'm rearranging my weekly schedule to find a better balance. Friends have begun to point out that I'm wearing myself out. If I keep up this pace of office work, review writing, and book writing, I'm headed for serious trouble with my health and my spirit. I need more rest, more exercise, more time at home, more time with Anne. And I need some space to breathe, read, and soak up some inspiration. I also want to devote more time and attention to The Auralia Thread, so I have no … [Read more...]

By the Way, God is Not Dead Yet.

I just received the latest issue of Christianity Today in the mail. The cover story: God is Not Dead Yet. You can read it here. Plus: A list of recommended reading on the existence of God. Also in this issue, you'll find a review of Sam Phillips' new album Don't Do Anything... by some guy who has the same name as me. Oh, and they picked a really cool portrait of Sam to post alongside it. … [Read more...]

An Open Letter to Employees at Focus on the Family and Boundless

Focus on the Family has yet to apologize for, or express affirmation for, the misleading headline at its Boundless blog: "Christianity Today Relishes Sexual Perversion" If you're tired of reading about this — and I wouldn't blame you, I'm certainly sick of thinking about it — please move on. But something's been nagging at me. And I have questions for anyone who works at Focus on the Family. Does anybody at Focus, or their magazine Plugged In, or Boundless, read this blog? Let me know. … [Read more...]

Christianity Today Relishes Trash, Waste, Environmental Destruction, and Obesity

In other words... Christianity Today film critic Josh Hurst *loves* WALL-E! … [Read more...]

Christianity Today’s Mark Moring interviews Andrew Stanton

In an excellent interview, inspiring excellent answers, Mark Moring talks with Andrew Stanton. I saw the film last night, and I was not prepared for its magnificence. Stay tuned, I'll have much, much more to say. But also, brace yourselves. A lot of people aren't going to like this movie.... … [Read more...]

Browser, 6/19: Veith on the Sex & the City hubbub; Image and the Diving Bell; New World quesadillas!

The Browser: News & links to raise your eyebrows & furrow your brow. - Gene Edward Veith weighs in on the Sex and the City hubbub Gene Edward Veith, after raising questions that threw fuel on an already vigorous conversation (debate? brouhaha? hubbub?) over Christianity Today's review of Sex and the City, has finally weighed in with his own perspective. And I'm grateful. I've followed Veith's work for years and knew he would respond with insight. Can we move on now? Can … [Read more...]

Reader Mailstrom, 6/18: “Your reviews are no longer of value to the Christian community.”

I'm starting a new column, chronicling stand-outs from the daily maelstrom of Looking Closer email. Most of these letters are real. Some of them are amalgalms of a variety of messages. Some of them are what I read between the lines of the things readers really wrote. Each installment of Reader Mail-strom will be updated over the course of the day, so check back to see if I've responded to you. • READER: Thanks for your blog about Ted Slater's over-the-top attacks on CT's review of … [Read more...]

Reader Mailstrom, 6/17

I'm chronicling memorable messages from the daily maelstrom of Looking Closer email. Most of these letters are real. Some of them may be amalgams of a variety of messages. Some of them are what I read between the lines of the things readers really wrote. Each installment of Reader Mailstrom will be updated over the course of the day, so check back to see if I've responded to you. … [Read more...]

Focus on the Family’s Ted Slater Tells Christianity Today to “Repent.” Peter Chattaway Responds.

Same song, second verse. … [Read more...]

Focus on the Family says “Christianity Today Relishes Sexual Perversion.” Call That What It Is: A Lie.

Once a month, I talk with Kim Ketola about movies, faith, and culture on her "Along the Way" radio program. She runs a great show, and isn't afraid to ask tough questions. This week, Kim and I talked about Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull and Bella. Then she asked me for my thoughts on the film Sex and the City. (Listen to the podcast here.) [2013 UPDATE: That podcast is currently offline. Well, it has been five years now.] Since I haven't seen it, I didn't give … [Read more...]