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June 24, 2015
This Is Not Goodbye. But It is… See You Elsewhere!
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December 25, 2014
The Complete 2014 Christmas Playlist
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Further Thanks to Christianity Today for a Generous Send-Off
Today's unexpected notes from the team at Christianity Today have been a tremendous blessing to...
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November 19, 2008
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October 04, 2008
“Why do you have to analyze everything? Why can’t you just enjoy it?”
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June 26, 2008
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...
June 26, 2008
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As I sat braced for my ten-minute conversation with Andrew Stanton, the writer and director...
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Reader Mailstrom, 6/18: “Your reviews are no longer of value to the Christian community.”
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My Favorite Music Reviewer Speaks
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Focus on the Family says “Christianity Today Relishes Sexual Perversion.” Call That What It Is: A Lie.
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May 12, 2008
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March 23, 2008
Have a Joyous Easter!
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February 07, 2008
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December 30, 2007
There Will Be Blood (2007)
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November 20, 2007
The Golden Compass – Christians, Controversy, and Phillip Pullman – A Commentary
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October 29, 2007
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February 27, 2007
Have We Lost Our Minds?
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February 16, 2007
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January 25, 2007
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November 23, 2006
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