Oct 15, 2014

vol 131 No. 21

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Our fall books issue's reviews include David Hollinger on Grant Wacker, Amy Frykholm on Miriam Toews, Jill Baumgaertner on Christian Wiman, and more.
October 10, 2014

Books for ministry

What are the best books for ministry written in the 21st century? We asked seven pastors to pick their favorites.
October 5, 2014

The question isn't how frightening ISIS is. It's what actual threat it poses—and how to contain that threat without causing more harm.
September 29, 2014

Lars and the Real Girl shows the power of the visual medium to tell a theological story. I not only felt that I knew Lars, but that I knew myself through his fear of the tangles of relationship, his anxiety about the need to be transformed, and his desire to put transformation off as long as possible.
October 9, 2014

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.
October 8, 2014

Best pictures

On the second anniversary of our media column, we asked several of our writers to reflect on their favorite theological films.
October 8, 2014

I’ve never seen a film that translates grace to the screen like Babette’s Feast. As one of the rare films that focuses on the lined and battered faces of real people Babette’s Feast challenges viewers to love real life. The film embraces God’s love for the embodied, the ordinary and the value of the extraordinary, and a love that wastes nothing.
October 7, 2014

American Apocalypse, by Matthew Avery Sutton

Why do most white evangelicals vote Republican? How has this affected Republican politics? Matthew Sutton gives us our first good account of how and why evangelical political views developed the way they did. Three elements were crucial—premillennial eschatology, World War I, and the Puritan heritage. 
October 1, 2014