In the United Church of Canada, a liberal congregation is growing. Here's how.
Finding Faith after Certainty
Mark Stenberg takes aim at Christian certainty. I'm not certain that's our problem.
In Concussion, Dr. Bennet Omalu is a Nigerian immigrant and an outsider. This status is complicated by competing ideas of what America is.
"What was the point of that movie?" my son asked, without hostility. He knew that what he'd seen was about more than what he'd seen.
The church in the secular city
British Columbia's church attendance rate is lower than Canada's, and Vancouver's is lower still. Yet vibrant things are happening in the city.
The documentary Chaplains raises a fundamental issue for Christian chaplaincy: what is its relationship to the church?
NASA is, to say the least, enthusiastic about The Martian. The film is a really, really good commercial for a future budgetary request.
A screen in a sanctuary used to be a signal that a congregation had taken a side in the worship wars. Now it's just a sign that a church is open and functioning.
Communicating Faith in an Age of Skepticism
Preaching, Death, and Hope
A Fresh Paradigm for Preaching
Equipping the Community for Faithful Witness
Room to Speak, Space to Listen
Six books on the craft and its purpose
My sixth-grade sex ed teacher held up a worksheet and apologized: “I know this is sort of unromantic.” Books on preaching can leave us similarly cold.
Augustine said the lesson's content is not as important as the teacher's desire. Passion is what instructs—and I'm teaching my children Star Wars.
U2's subway prank created a strange sort of intimacy and spontaneous community. I felt a similar dynamic at play at a recent funeral.
Typical superheroes have no religion; they are quasi-religious saviors. This makes the hero of the new Netflix series Daredevil unusual.
Figural Christology and the Fourfold Gospel Witness
Richard Hays has said for years that he's working on something about "echoes of scripture in the Gospels." But life intervened, so he has produced this slim volume as an appetizer.
In Better Call Saul, Vince Gilligan takes characters he created for Breaking Bad and deepens and humanizes them
Every war movie is in essence a pro-war movie, even when it tries to be against war.
Exodus: Gods and Kings has more in common with the 2004 sword-and-sandal disaster Alexander than with the other biblical epics of 2014.
“Are we alone in the universe?” is always a question about God’s existence. The film Interstellar shows this clearly.
Quanah Parker and the Rise and Fall of the Comanches, the Most Powerful Indian Tribe in American History
The Violence, Passion, and Redemption of Stonewall Jackson
Across Latin America in Search of a New Architecture
To give & to receive
Christopher Foyle has a deep sense of right and wrong. Foyle's War offers both moral clarity and moral complexity.
The Coen brothers’ sense of humor is not for everyone, but anyone with any sympathy for slackerdom can find a place in his heart for The Big Lebowski. I consider it a near-perfect illustration of the ancient Christian virtue of apatheia.
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