A River Runs Through It (1992)

"A Tale of Two Rivers" — my reflections on Robert Redford's film A River Runs Through It and the territory that it explores — are posted today at Good Letters, the blog hosted by IMAGE. … [Read more...]

“Confessions of a Cage Fighter”

I've been intrigued by the conversation swirling around this provocative article that was published at The Other Journal: "The Confessions of a Cage Fighter: Masculinity, Misogyny, and the Fear of Losing Control."Matt Morin's article does pick on one particular pastor. But that is, in part, because that particular pastor has made himself impossible to ignore on on this issue, and because he influences so many other leaders.  … [Read more...]

A Letter to North American Churches

Celebrated artist Makoto Fujimura has written a letter to North American Churches.It's worth reading.Here's a clip: … [Read more...]

World’s Worst-Dressed Priests

Turning our attention now from the worsening oil spill in the Gulf to an even greater crisis... … [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...]

Long-title Specials: Fibbs on “Assassination”; a Wedding for Hurst; Flannery on the Church

The Brandon Fibbs Review of The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford.That was fun to type out. I think I'll share some more news in the same style...-The Proposal of Josh Hurst to Kati Ferst Resulting in Their EngagementCongratulations to one of my favorite bloggers and critics... Josh Hurst!-And finally...The Perspective of Flannery O'Connor on the Imperfections of the ChurchA memorable quote, worth passing around, featured recently at … [Read more...]

Worship is Better With Barbecue!

Mark Shea shares a video that's almost too convincing to be funny. … [Read more...]

Specials: Hand Puppet Theater does "Serenity"

Friday specials:GLOBAL WARMINGS Ladies and gentlemen, please stand for the long-awaited return of the President of the United States... Will Ferrell.MAL... THE PUPPET Maybe this version will finally win Serenity the respect it deserves.LARK NEWS STRIKES AGAIN Pastor wins "Most Relevant" award. … [Read more...]

Rating the Churches

Oh how we love to rate things.I love top ten lists. They’re fun, interesting, and there’s an art to writing one well so that it reads with some music, humor, and suspense.I reluctantly rate movies by a letter-grade system when I review them, so that I have simple language for separating the rewarding experiences from those that are a waste of time.But this? … [Read more...]