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 Kim a revi … [Read more...]

“You reviewed WHAT??”

Mark Moring responds to a chorus of angry readers regarding why Christianity Today Movies bothered to post a review of Sex and the City.Mark's response is calm and thoughtful, which is the best way to respond to hysteria and outrage.(And this isn't the first time CTMovies has printed an answer to mail of that sort.) … [Read more...]

Sex and the CT

Camerin Courtney, a film reviewer for Christianity Today, gave Sex and the City 3 stars (out of four).And instantly, the CT Movies mailbox exploded. Here's a keeper: This movie is nothing more than pornography for women. Women used to be the moral compass of humanity. Forty years ago that began to change and has accelerated with the success of the feminist movement. The depth of that success can be gauged by the reviewer's remarks that SATC is "a phenomenon even for many Christians. For … [Read more...]

“Civilians” Appear in Christianity Today

Look for my review of Joe Henry's Civilians. on page 83 of the March 2008 issue of Christianity Today.I promised I'd post one a long, long time ago, and now it's finally out, but in print. (It'll probably pop up online soon.)You'll also notice on that same page that was chosen among the top sites about literature, faith, and art selected by Gregory Wolfe. (Image journal was also highlighted... but you knew that was one of Wolfe's favorites, didn't you?) … [Read more...]

Barack Obama Sets the Record Straight at Christianity Today

Barack Obama, interviewed at Christianity Today:I am a Christian, and I am a devout Christian. I believe in the redemptive death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. I believe that that faith gives me a path to be cleansed of sin and have eternal life. But most importantly, I believe in the example that Jesus set by feeding the hungry and healing the sick and always prioritizing the least of these over the powerful. I didn't 'fall out in church' as they say, but there was a very strong … [Read more...]

It’s back: My Original Post on “The Golden Compass” is Up (and Abridged) at CTMovies

Today at Christianity Today Movies, you'll find an abridged version of my original response to questions about The Golden Compass controversy.If you have comments or questions, please email them to me at joverstreet [at] gmail [dot] com. But be advised: I will post those responses either in the "Comments" section of the original post, or in a new post on this blog, and I'll include your name unless you request that I withhold it. … [Read more...]

“The Iraq war calls for some serious rethinking by Christians…”

David P. Gushee at Christianity Today considers "Our Teachable Moment." This month the President will receive reports from commanders in the field about whether the troop surge in Iraq is accomplishing its goals. Until now, he has resisted calls to reconsider his strategy or to begin a withdrawal, despite eroding public support for the war.Such deep public distress about the war makes this a teachable moment for all of us, as Christians and as Americans. It's not enough to find a way out of … [Read more...]

And God Was Not in the Spectacle…

Mark Galli on breaking our addiction to spectacle. ...we try to bring earthquake, wind, and fire to church. God is the god of life, after all. We should feel it, no? This, of course, is one of the draws of megachurches, which, because of their size, can do mega-things. Bumper-to-bumper cars streaming into the parking lot. People eight or ten abreast rushing to get a good seat. The voices of thousands raised in song. Lights, video, booming bass and pounding drums, projection screens making it … [Read more...]