December (Web-only) 2010

A man tries to turn brokenness into beauty, but the story is hard to follow.
The Top 10 Her.meneutics Posts of the Year
The women's blog posts that most caught your attention in 2010.
Our Favorite Books by Women
Or at least the ones that we read in 2010.
A Sweet, Sweet Sound
I was a legalistic religious hypocrite before I started learning the 'true' spirit of worship.
Gulliver's Travels
Skims the major points, but completely misses Swift's underlying themes.
Me? Favored? By God?
The remarkable announcement to Mary—and us.
Come Away
Sofia Coppola's latest explores the empty life of a lonely playboy.
True Grit
The Coens make their first Western—and it's one of the best movies of their career.
The Best Ever Christmas Gift
Women in particular, it seems to me, have a hard time thinking of themselves as gifts.
Top Ten Monks
Engaging HBO documentary on Cistercian monastery is ultimately a film about God.
Old Angel
Notable Sacred Music of 2010
Twelve of the best albums in the choral and classical genres.
Nancy Pearcey: How to Respond to Doubt
The most effective way to prevent teens from leaving the faith is to openly discuss the reasons they want to.
Heeding the Call
Compelling PBS documentary profiles aspiring young clergy from three faiths.
An Un-Christmas-Like Idea
Four days of Advent readings, excerpted from 'God Is in the Manger: Reflections on Advent and Christmas.' By Dietrich Bonhoeffer
What Is the Stay-at-Home Daughters Movement?
What the branch of the Christian Patriarchy Movement believes about family and young women.
Redeeming December Days
Advent prompts a larger, cosmic question: What do I do while waiting?
Rabbit Hole
Kidman, Eckhart give stellar performances in a quiet tale of grief and (perhaps) healing.
Tron: Legacy
Despite eye-popping visual effects, this sequel suffers from a muddled, confusing plot.
The Great Incompatibility
Jesus is interested in the oddest things.
The Lost Virtue of Courtesy
It doesn't necessarily "get better."
Lynne Hybels: My Lazy Christmas Wish
At 29, 39, and 49, I couldn't imagine an unhurried holiday season. At 59, I have realized that very little matters.
Holiday Shopping for Jesus
How women—who have begun to out-earn men in the U.S. business sector—can use their holiday spending to glorify God.
'Happy Holidays' in Church?
While some Christian groups continue the battle over seasons-greetings language, I wonder if many churches are forsaking the reason for the season.
Longest Year
Carry Me Home
The Beatles, Vivaldi, and God
How the Fab Four and a classical composer inspired me to do something bright and beautiful.
The Fighter
David O. Russell's latest delivers a knockout blow in one of the best films of the year.
The Tourist
Tepid romance and sluggish action can't match the beauty of Venice.
'Tangled,' Kate Middleton, and Modern Princesses
Why Disney's newest fairy tale—and England's real-life one—give me hope for my 6-year-old niece.
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
This passable adaptation disappointingly lacks the awe and wonder of the book.
Virtual Flirting Comes to Christian Colleges
Is, the newest fad in Internet dating, a fun diversion or an impediment to healthy community?
And He Almost Deserved It
London's Will Poulter was born to play Eustace Scrubb, the bratty young boy in 'Voyage of the Dawn Treader,' opening this week.
A Peter Singer Sympathizer Changes His Mind
After his infant son, August, suffers irreparable brain damage, professor Chris Gabbard re-thinks what makes a life worth living.
Faint Not
Your World
The Promise
Say Goodbye
Marriage: Marginalized in the Middle
The American retreat from marriage is moving into the heart of the social order: the middle class.
Christ Lifts the Widow's Veil
In 'The Undistracted Widow,' Carol Cornish says her husband's death opened a door to dependence on God that marriage had not permitted
The Changing Political Landscape
Activists face six new realities.
The Narnia Policeman
Douglas Gresham, C. S. Lewis's stepson and co-producer of the Narnia movies, is the keeper of his stepfather's flame.
Black Swan
A beautiful and engrossing ballet thriller, though slightly over-the-top.
Evangelizing Ourselves
The gospel is for Christians too.
Steve Johnson's Genie-in-a-Bottle God
The Buffalo Bills' wide receiver blamed the Lord via Twitter after he dropped the winning touchdown pass in a 19-16 loss to the Steelers.

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