Reader Mail: “The Shack”; Sixpence’s Christmas; “My Kid Could Paint That”; “Sex and the City ” Claims Another Victim.

Ted writes: What's your opinion of The Shack? I'm disturbed by the fact that so many Christians are buying a book that portrays God as a woman. It's dangerous to expose ourselves to books that preach a false theology. … [Read more...]

Specials: Keillor on the Nativity; Newman on Sex in “The Golden Compass”; Shea on Pullman’s “Idiots”; “Sweeney Todd”

Garrison Keillor on the nativity.Beautiful.  (A nod of thanks to Mark Shea for the link.)-The Golden Compass: Sexualizing Children in the World of His Dark MaterialsThank you, Mark T. Newman. (Haven't seen you in years! How are you, man?)-Philip Pullman's Useful IdiotsThank you, Mark Shea! -If you want a sneak peek at the opening credits of Sweeney Todd, well... here you go. But don't say I didn't warn you. It's bloody. … [Read more...]

A Charlie Brown Christmas Podcast

Nuclearity has just posted a very special podcast. I had the privilege of contributing to this, but that's not why I'm linking to it. I was moved as I listened to a wide variety of people share their views on why A Charlie Brown Christmas stands apart as a treasure of holiday storytelling.Take a few minutes and listen to this remarkable program.[2013 UPDATE: The recording has been moved to this location.]The other guests include:Robert Short, author of The Gospel According to … [Read more...]

A Christmas Album from Don Peris

¬†Last year's Christmas was aglow with new music from Over the Rhine (Snow Angels).This year's Christmas will glimmer with the enchanting guitar stylings of The Innocence Mission's Don Peris.And the proceeds go to bring shelter to those in need. … [Read more...]

A Few Thoughts on Christmas Day 2006

Today, as the same old Christmas carols played, one line rang out as if it was brand new for me."How silently, how silently the wondrous gift is given."There have been precious few moments of quiet in my year, as I have set in motion so much sound and fury in my own life that I can hardly hear myself think. In such a state of self-induced hysteria, I'm almost sure to miss Him when he comes again and again into my presence... through gestures of grace, through bread and wine, through the … [Read more...]

Luci Shaw on Remembering Mary at Christmas

My dear friend, the ever-inspiring Luci Shaw, has just published a meditation on Mary at Christianity Today. Enjoy. … [Read more...]

Have you heard? Sufjan Stevens has a new release.

Someone asked me why I hadn't blogged yet about the new Sufjan Stevens release, and my answer is, um, well, I've been too busy listening to it.In fact, Sufjan doesn't just have one new volume of material... no, he has FIVE new volumes of material. And they're all Christmas albums.They're new, that is, to those who haven't been tuning in through his fan club over the last few years. I've been listening to the first three volumes for a while now. But at last, they're packaged up with some … [Read more...]

Merry Christmas to all who seek Him, all who have found Him, and all who don’t know what they’re missing.

The joy of Christmas has already filled the Overstreet headquarters, as Anne and I read the Christmas story... Luke, Chapters 1 and 2... last night. And, once again, it was a whole new experience.This time I was especially impressed by the story of Zechariah, the the father of John the Baptist, who was a man of great insight. While he had to take a rather lengthy "time out" to ponder what God can do, he did -- upon comprehending the enormity of what was about to happen -- discern that the … [Read more...]

Specials: Amy Wellborn – Vigilant. Adam Walter – literate. Chewbacca – full of Christmas spirit. Teachout – thirsty for music.

Open Book, Amy Wellborn's blog, continues to be an essential stop on my daily tour, for her relentless vigilance. Here's one of the recent highlights, regarding mainstream media and faith.Other blog entries worth noting:Adam Walter discovers the new Mark Helprin Web site. I visited Adam last night at the fine bookseller where he works and packaged up a couple of gifts for my wife while we chatted. In spite of my love for the movie world, I greatly envy anyone who gets to spend all day in … [Read more...]


My Christmas visit with family and friends in Portland, Oregon, was a time that humbled me and reminded me of just how generously God has filled my life with amazing people. … [Read more...]