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...]

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...]

At Image: Kelly Foster on “Why I Watch Sex and the City”

I knew that if Image journal ran a piece on the Sex and the City controversy, that I would gain some perspective that I'd been lacking in the heat of the recent debate.Sure enough, Kelly Foster's honest, personal testimony, "Why I Watch Sex and the City, has made me wish I'd waited a month or two before responding. … [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...]

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 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...]

The Browser, 6/9: Nicolosi likes "Sex and the City"; Neil Jordan’s "Ondine"; Brooks on leadership

The Browser:News & links to raise your eyebrows & furrow your brow.-"Sexcess"Let's give her credit... it's a clever post title.(I was rather proud of mine too: "Sex and the CT.")Moviegoing superdelegate Barbara Nicolosi casts her vote in favor of Sex and the City: I saw this film on its opening Friday a couple weeks ago, and have been wanting to blog about it ever since. I was going to post a mostly positive blog, but then I started reading a lot of what other … [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...]

Jen Zug reviews “Sex and the City”

I wanted to invite a guest to review Sex and the City, since I haven't had a chance to see it yet. And, hearing general disgruntlement among most of the guys who chat about movies with me every day, I wanted to ask a woman to share her perspective. And not just any woman, but a thoughtful moviegoer whose perspective would give us some insight into what the film has to offer.So, ladies and gentlement, Jen Zug: … [Read more...]


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