‘Epic’ Community Focuses on Serving, Not Deserving

Review of Epic, Directed by Chris Wedge From Chris Wedge, director of Ice Age, comes Epic, a passable animated feature based on William Joyce’s  The Leaf-Men and the Brave Good Bugs. The plot is … well, kind of complex and hard to summarize. If you don’t care about the plot and just want the review, [Read More...]

Martin Scorsese on Film Preservation and the Future of Movies

Review of Scorsese’s Jefferson Lecture The National Endowment for the Humanities selected filmmaker Martin Scorsese to deliver its 2013 Jefferson Lecture in the Humanities, a distinction NEH calls “the highest honor the federal government confers for distinguished intellectual achievement in the humanities.” Speaking to an audience at the Kennedy Center in April in Washington, D.C.—and [Read More...]

God is Impassible and Impassioned: An Updated Framework for Divine Emotion

Review of God is Impassible and Impassioned by Rob Lister Impassibility is not a common topic of conversation in the pews, but it’s been a debate raging in religion departments and seminaries for quite some time. Rob Lister’s dissertation at Southern Seminary made it into book form as God is Impassible and Impassioned, where his [Read More...]

The Great Gatsby and the Despair of Decadence

Review of The Great Gatsby, Directed by Baz Luhrmann “There is an evil that I have seen under the sun, and it lies heavy on mankind: a man to whom God gives wealth, possessions, and honor, so that he lacks nothing of all he desires, yet God does not give him power to enjoy them…” [Read More...]

Double Indemnity: Bleak Justice in Classic Noir

Review of Double Indemnity, Directed by Billy Wilder Billy Wilder was more than the Steven Spielberg of his era. While Spielberg is one of the most prominent, acclaimed, and decorated directors of all time, Wilder is that and a writer as well. He wrote the screenplays for most of his best movies, including The Apartment (1961), [Read More...]

Star Trek Into Moral Leadership

Review of Star Trek Into Darkness, Directed by J. J. Abrams A confession: I am not a Trekkie. I watched the film as someone with very little education on the Star Trek universe, having only seen Star Trek II: Wrath of Khan, Star Trek: First Contact, and J. J. Abrams’s Star Trek. If you want [Read More...]

Star Trek Into Terror

Review of Star Trek Into Darkness, Directed by J.J. Abrams Star Trek Into Darkness is a thrilling, fun, loud, dazzling movie–a perfect summer popcorn flick.  It is also much more fun if you know absolutely nothing about it before you go.  I have no intention of spoiling that fun for you, which makes it difficult [Read More...]

Biblical Theology in the Life of the Church (and why they need each other)

Review of Biblical Theology in the Life of the Church by Michael Lawrence What is biblical theology and why is it important to the local church? It’s easy to understand why theology in general is important since we need to know what we believe and apply certain biblical ideas to contemporary living. But when we [Read More...]

Eyes of the Heart in Photography

Review of Eyes of the Heart by Christine Valters Paintner By JENNY BOSAK Eyes of the Heart, by Christine Valters Paintner, is about using photography to see images with the heart, rather than just “seeing” them in a technical sense.  As a professional photographer, I was very interested in reading how I could both better [Read More...]

Classical Christian Doctrine sets the record straight on patristic theology

Review of Classical Christian Doctrine: Introducing the Essentials of the Ancient Faith by Ronald E. Heine This is the first installment of Reading Patristics–a review series dedicated to books about the early church fathers. These reviews will not be exhaustive summaries, but instead are meant to pique the interest of readers to pursue reading in [Read More...]

Gatsby: Tragic Hero of Hope

Review The Great Gatsby, Directed by Baz Luhrmann I rarely disagree with what the internet tells me to think about a movie, but today I do. The critics dislike Baz Luhrmann’s adaptation of The Great Gatsby. It has a 45 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes. They are wrong. Gatsby is a fine film. Baz Luhrmann [Read More...]

‘Bound Together’ in Suffering…and Salvation

Review of Bound Together: How We Are Tied to Others in Good and Bad Choices by Chris Brauns As Americans, we love our independence. I am my own man (or woman), I make my own destiny, I am autonomous, don’t tread on me. But for all our cowboy sentiment, there is a union, communion, and solidarity [Read More...]

My Neighbor Totoro

My Neighbor Totoro, by Hayao Miyazaki  My Neighbor Totoro (1988) is a quiet, calm, beautiful film. There is no dialogue for very long stretches of story while characters explore, watch, and discover—akin to the opening sequence of WALL-e. There is no sass talk, there are no quick cuts, no pop-culture references, and no special effects.  [Read More...]

Republocrat: The Pitfalls of American Politics

Review of Republocrat: Confessions of a Liberal Conservative by Carl Trueman Imagine that an evangelical Brit decides to make running commentary on American politics–what would he say? Add to that the fact that this particular Brit has lived in the United States for almost two decades; then add the dash of cheekiness that we have [Read More...]


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