May (Web-only) 2006

The Da Vinci Dud
Christian film critics rip apart The Da Vinci Code, applaud Over the Hedge, and see no good in See No Evil. Plus, continued coverage of The Promise and Poseidon.
Da Vinci Draws Jeers
Cannes critics callous about Code, but the movie deviates from book in that the main character, played by Tom Hanks, entertains notion that Jesus might be God after all. Plus: Christian critics slam Poseidon and Just My Luck, but applaud Goal! The Dream Begins.
Mission Mediocre; Who Gives a Hoot?
Christian film critics debate whether or not the Mission: Impossible franchise should remain on active duty. Meanwhile, critics shoot Hoot and skip An American Haunting; plus, more reviews of United 93 and Akeelah and the Bee.
United 93 Soars, RV Stalls
Christian critics love United 93, tolerate RV, are okay with Akeelah and the Bee, and say "forget it" to Stick It. Plus, a review of Water.
Wrong Girl Declared Dead in Taylor U. Crash a Month Ago
Plus: How to help Indonesia after another natural disaster, East Timorese hide in churches amid carnage, a Catholic kneeling ban, Pat Robertson's superpowers, and other stories from online sources around the world.
Kentucky Asks What Year Is It?
After evolution fights comes dispute over A.D. vs. C.E.
'Times are Very Dark'
Director John Moore, a self-professed "lapsed Catholic," says the time is right for a remake of The Omen, which he calls "an emboldened reaffirmation of the existence of God."
Al Gore, Preacher Man
With the urgency of a Baptist preacher with a judgment day sermon, the former politician is spreading the bad news of global warming—including in a new film. Christians would do well to listen up.
Travel Writing from the Afterlife
If the Bible doesn't quench your curiosity on what it's like in heaven and hell, we have two new firsthand accounts.
Rumors of Heaven
Our perennial interest in life after death.
Clergy Can Sue for Discrimination, Appeals Court Says
Plus: Does natural family planning kill babies? Another priest's satanic murder, a second Texas church discipline case goes to court, and other stories from online sources around the world.
How the Early Christians Worshipped
What did Christians really believe before the council of Nicaea?
Da Vinci Coda
Plus: False alarm on Iran, graduation prayer protest, the Dover case judge on "true religion," and other stories from online sources around the world.
Very Important Fiction
The Gospel according to The New York Times Book Review
Church Offers Free Da Vinci Code
Plus: Vatican and WCC oppose "the obsession of converting others," Religious Left struggles for agenda, and other stories from online sources around the world.
The Da Vinci Code
Over the Hedge
Praying for Lower Gas Prices
Plus: Are evangelicals moving Left? Pat's latest comments, George Will on arrogant "values voters," P.O.D's biggest hit—and a bunch of Da Vinci Code stuff.
Film Critics Call for Da Vinci Boycott
Plus: Muslim immigrants "seize" European churches, Christian radio station in Kenya attacked, CPT leaves Iraq, McCain and Falwell, and other stories from around the world.
The Jesus Dynasty: How to Explain Away the New Testament
James Tabor's historical assumptions that reject God's activity on Earth force him into odd arguments to explain the birth of Christianity.
Back to the Garden
Digging in the dirt as spiritual formation.
Shakeup at Patrick Henry College
New president and academic dean announced after 5 of school's 16 faculty quit in protest.
A Code to Consider
Christians have invested plenty of energy and creativity in debunking and debating The Da Vinci Code
Just My Luck
Howard Dean's Erroneous 700 Club Comments Outrage Gays
Plus: Ohio priest guilty of 1980 nun murder, Congress drops charity tax breaks, Eddie Long's controversial invitation, and other stories from online sources around the world.
Incomplete Sentences
Many pro athletes convicted of a crime are sentenced to a lame excuse for "community service." It's time for the legal system to show a little backbone.
Catholic Can't Be U.K. Equality Head, Some Suggest
Plus: Baptists battle over Belmont, Lost
A Soul Man Testifies
A Soul Man Testifies
Gospel music led this skeptical author to faith.
From Temptation to The Code
In 1988, Christians picketed theaters that showed The Last Temptation of Christ. Today, they're trying to find ways to "engage" a new controversial movie—The Da Vinci Code.
Da Vinci Dialogue Heats Up
A commentary last week suggested that Christians "othercott" The Da Vinci Code, arguing that engaging the film is akin to debating with the Devil. Then wham!, the e-mails came rushing in.
Iranian President Tells Bush to Be More Christian
Plus: How Irish priests may be endangering airplanes, D.C. mayoral candidates promise to push pastors to be more pro-gay, and other stories from online sources around the world.
The Tax Man Taketh
Plus: The end of 7th Heaven, Saddleback's AIDS stigma, no new gay bishop for Episcopal Church, and other stories from online sources around the world.
Unaccountable at Calvary Chapel
Former pastor still pulled strings years after his departure, Calvary of Albuquerque members claim.
May I Have Your Attention, Please!
New artists—and the labels who market them—are willing to do whatever it takes to get noticed ... including, in one guy's case, putting his cell phone number on his CD.
Are Artificial Contraception Foes Anti-Sex?
Plus: Sudanese peace in our time and other stories from online sources around the world.
Faith Like a Child
Children's spirituality has been getting increased academic attention, with implications for our churches.
Art School Confidential
Mission: Impossible III
The Promise
The King
The Founding Fathers' Days of Prayer
The young country often found it needed to turn to God.
A Day of Prayer (But We'll Pray Tomorrow, Too)
Plus: Chinese bishops excommunicated, Mt. Soledad cross controversy part 423, and other stories from online sources around the world.
Mere Christianity Goes to War
Justin Phillips tells the story of C.S. Lewis's wartime radio broadcasts.
What C. S. Lewis Sounded Like
One of his BBC talks and a few other recordings made available online.
Bowling Alone No More
A stealth revolution in attitude may be brewing.
Christianity's Cultural Contributions
What has Christianity ever done for us? Quite a lot, actually.
Iraqi Christians Enter Through Mexico, Seek Asylum
Plus: Government workplace evangelism, church discipline lawsuit to Texas Supreme Court, major problems for Presbyterian and Baptist denominations, and other stories from online sources around the world.
Let's "Othercott" Da Vinci
Many Christians see The Da Vinci Code as an opportunity for evangelism; others say it's a chance to engage the culture. Rubbish.Da Vinci is dangerous, so I'd like to suggest a better alternative.
Low Budget, Big Success
Cory Edwards, director of the surprise hit Hoodwinked, knows how to make a good movie with limited resources. He's also a Christian … but don't look for a blatant evangelistic message in his flicks.
The Day of Small Things
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