The Passion of the Christ – A Letter to Christians about Mel Gibson’s Film

This commentary is a follow-up to my review of The Passion of the Christ.-Most Christian press publications will lavish praise upon Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ. They will celebrate the arrival of a film rich with spiritual power, rendered with riveting and even excruciating detail.Some will go so far as to declare that in this film, the Church has a fantastic "evangelical opportunity."But the fact that many Christians — many churches — are responding to the film as if i … [Read more...]

The Browser, 5/9: Evangelical Manifesto; Koehler on Cannes; Dude still abides!; Neil Young hates mp3s; book reviews; Marion Ravenwood

The Evangelical ManifestoOn the remote chance that you may not already have read it, I should post the news that An Evangelical Manifesto was published and presented earlier this week, on May 7.The Steering Committee for the document includes...Timothy George Dean, Beeson Divinity School, Samford University Os Guinness Author/Social Critic John Huffman Pastor, St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church, Newport Beach, CA Chair, Christianity Today International Rich Mouw President, … [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...]

If Christians want to make significant contributions to filmmaking…

William Romanowski, author of Eyes Wide Open, showed up in the pages of today's USA Today, addressing the potential for Christians to encourage productive dialogue through the medium of film. Only when evangelicals agree to look at Hollywood not just as an evangelistic tool, or a harmless entertainment provider, but also as an important participant in cultural discourse will they understand that as a major share of the movie market, they are in a position to shape that vital discussion. I … [Read more...]

"Left Behind": Evangelical Pornography?

Ken Morefield examines the outrageously popular saga, and considers how it plays to evangelical "appetites." For most readers who are not evangelical Christians (and for many of us who are), the representation of reality in the Left Behind series can come across as oddly distorted. I have adopted the term "Evangelical Pornography" to describe the Left Behind franchise because its methods of representing its characters, particularly those who differ from its target audience, fit the description … [Read more...]

A familiar debate: Christians and movies. But this is happening in Hong Kong!

``Christianity has just begun its move into [popular] culture here,'' says Pastor Enoch Lam. ``The hostility and the misunderstanding have softened - but a lot of people have very sensitive nerves.'' The story's in Weekend Standard, "China's Business Newspaper." ... Just as born-again fervor gripped Hollywood in the form of Mel Gibson's visceral - and very profitable - The Passion of the Christ, Hong Kong has its own unlikely box office hit with The Days of Noah, a film about close encounters … [Read more...]


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