January (Web-only) 2004

Nudity, Murder, and Euthanasia ... Welcome to 2004
While critics post 2003 favorites, and 2004's film calendar lurches into view, religious press critics consider Monster, Calendar Girls, The Barbarian Invasions.
What Am I Doing Here?
Seattle folk-pop artist Rosie Thomas recounts her journey of faith and how it's developed into a critically acclaimed music career.
The Tourist Attraction That Isn't There
Alabama's Ten Commandments monument still drawing visitors despite its absence from the state Supreme Court building.
Jack Kelley Admits 'Poor Judgment' in USA Today Probe
Plus: Roy Moore says his rights were violated, seeks reinstatement as Alabama chief justice.
O'Connor v. the Antichrist
A hillbilly Thomist pushes back against modernity.
Presbyterian Church of America Shoots for the Hip
Plus: More on Dean on religion, Clark on abortion, Jack Kelley admits he was forced to quit USA Today, and other stories from online articles around the world.
Ravi Zacharias's Wonderful World
The author of Jesus Among Other Gods explores God's gift of awe.
Baptist Minister Killed in Tajikistan
Plus: Conservative Episcopalians sketch out plan, Jack Kelley now accused of lifting sentences, and other stories from online sources around the world.
12 Injured in Attack on Pakistan Bible Society
Plus: Buddhists burn another church in Sri Lanka, some conservative Christians are nonplussed by Bush's marriage initiative, and other stories from online sources around the world.
Afghan Constitution Provides Little Protection for Religion
Nod to freedom of practice is too limited, critics say.
Chasing 'Libertinism'
Critics find the flaws in Chasing Liberty and My Baby's Daddy, and continue to examine current favorites like The Station Agent, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, Cold Mountain, Big Fish, Monster, Radio and To End All Wars.
Will Iraq Turn to Shari'ah?
Plus: More on Kelley, The Passion, Da Vinci Code, Billy Graham plans revival in Missouri, and articles from online source around the world.
The Bible Alone? Not for John Calvin!
When we seek answers to churchly and societal issues in the Bible alone, citing the Reformation principle of sola scriptura, we are actually contradicting the Reformers.
Books & Culture's Book of the Week: Baptized in Fire
A new book on Martin Luther King, Jr., emphasizes his spiritual transformation.
Suspect Nabbed in Pakistan Car Bombing
Plus: Sri Lanka church burned before Sunday services.
Joyce Meyer Responds to Critics, Shifts Income Source
Amid cancellation and watchdog's call for IRS investigation, evangelist defends finances.
Discovering Unity
Two theologians are bullish on evangelical futures.
Mission-Driven Faith
An interview with Thomas Oden and J.I. Packer
Is Suicide Better than Life Imprisonment?
Plus: Ministry support leads to NCAA investigation, and other stories from online sources around the world.
Lauren Winner's Faith Still a Bit Jewish
The author of Girl Meets God discusses the Jewish habits that inform her Christianity
Amish in the City: Has Reality TV Gone too Far?
The author of The Amish: Why They Enchant Us discusses why a television show about Amish teens is inherently flawed, and why we're drawn to their 18th-century ways.
Orthodox U.S. Anglicans Plan to 'Reclaim the Episcopal Church' Through New Network
Plus: More than $1.5 billion served to Salvation Army, Kenya's churches offer alternative constitution, and other stories from online sources around the world.
Polly Want a Bad Review?
Christian press film critics look at Along Came Polly, Win a Date with Tad Hamilton!, Teacher's Pet, Torque, Fog of War, and The Passion of the Christ, and catch up with many other recent releases like House of Sand and Fog. Plus: A crowd of critics offer nominations for the best films of 2003.
Misérables Solutions to 'Famine Theft'
Plus: Pundits deconstruct the Gibson vs. Pope comments, and other stories from online sources around the world.
Death Sentence For Three Pakistanis Who Attacked Christian Hospital
Plus: Wesley Clark's change of tune on abortion limits, more Ten Commandments disputes, poor clergy criticized, and many other stories from online sources around the world.
When God—or Allah—Is in the Details
What do Islamic sharia law and the colonial Massachusetts' Puritan experiment have in common?
Time Probes Azusa Pacific University as Christian College Archetype
Article is no news but good news for California school.
A Rose Among Thorns
A new novel by the author of Father Elijah illumines the spiritual consequences of our simplest decisions.
Walter Wangerin Finds God Everywhere
The author of The Book of God discusses his newest novel, an ancient story, yet relevant today.
International Justice Mission Gets Notice and Results
Dateline NBC, Forbes, and others show the undercover work of ministry that fights sexual slavery.
The Marks and Misses of a Magazine
'After all, Christianity Today is only a magazine.'
School Lets 'God Bless' Student Back on Air
Plus: Can the Salvation Army survive a $1.5 billion gift? And other stories from online sources around the world.
Oscars Seem Likely to Crown King; Butterfly Has Bad Effect
Oscar nominations put crowns on return of the King, but Gimli and Aragorn are in trouble for 'cultural' remarks. Meanwhile, religious press film critics shake off The Butterfly Effect and review The Company and Win a Date with Tad Hamilton! Plus: More about The Passion of the Christ, Along Came Polly, Teacher's Pet, and Torque.
Survivor's 'Pastor John' Sues Church Over Firing Words
Plus: Another Sri Lankan church is attacked, another Ten Commandments dispute, gay adoption, and many other stories from online sources around the world.
Gibson Reportedly Changes End of Passion to Highlight Death of Jews
Plus: Vatican official criticizes AIDS drug companies, Georgia may ban word evolution in textbooks, guns in church, and many other stories from online sources around the world.
Would You Like to Super-Size Your Ministry?
Joan Kroc's $1.5 billion bequest to the Salvation Army promises to boost its admirable outreach, but history suggests new challenges and temptations lie ahead.
The Apocalypse
Brother Sun, Sister Moon
Christmas with the Kranks
Garfield: The Movie
George W. Bush: Faith in the White House
Christianity Today Movies did not review this film, but here's what other critics are saying ...
The Least of These
A Man Escaped
New York Minute
Stephen King's Redemption
The King of Kings
Whistle Down the Wind
Why This Is a Bad Idea
It encourages a "see no evil" approach, when we should be teaching our kids how to deal with evil—or keep them from such films altogether.
Some Devil
Acoustic pop-rock
Stumble Into Grace
Acoustic pop/country
The Bridge
Melodic hard rock tinged with punk and emo
The College Dropout
The Fire Theft
Alternative rock
The Ladykillers: Music from the Motion Picture
Traditional gospel/Southern gospel/hip-hop
There Will Be a Light
Soul, blues, gospel and rock
This Type of Thinking (Could Do Us In)
Alternative rock
Van Lear Rose
Country rock/traditional country
Welcome Back
Raise Your Spirit Higher - Wenyukela
African folk/a cappella
The Best Christian Children's Albums of 2004
Christmas Wrap-Up 2004
The DVD Show
2004 Readers' Choice Christian Music Awards
Camp, St. James, tobyMac, Third Day, Casting Crowns big winners
Best New Artists of 2004

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