It Came Upon a Big Screen Clear: An examination of overlooked, underrated Christmas films

Here's the latest installment in the Through a Screen Darkly series at Christianity Today...It Came Upon a Big Screen ClearHoliday movies don't often depict the real Christmas story, but when they do, it's a light shining in the darkness. … [Read more...]

And the Slater Award goes to…

On Christianity Today's "Feedback" page, you'll see a wide range of responses to Peter T. Chattaway's review of the film Save Me.Read the review.Then read the responses.Quite a variety of responses there. Some show evidence that the writers actually read Chattaway's review. (And you can bet that there were plenty of other letters CT found unfit to print.)But the Ted Slater award* goes to Ron F. Wagley, who says: Your review of Save Me leaves me saddened that you endorse this … [Read more...]

Through a Screen Darkly 2: Even Darklier

The curtain just went up on my new monthly column at Christianity Today Movies. It's named after my "memoir of dangerous moviegoing."Enjoy! … [Read more...]

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 hubbubGene 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 S … [Read more...]