February (Web-only) 2016
The Christians, the Soviets, and the Bible
‘The Americans’ has handled Christianity in a way unlike almost any other show. What’s going on?
Is It Okay for a Christian To…?
Replacing our frantic Googling with God’s peace.
Q+A with Oscar Nominee: What’s So Funny About the West Bank?
Basil Khalil’s irreverent and insightful ‘Ave Maria’ sheds light on Arab Christians.
Did Will Smith Deserve an Oscar Nomination?
How do we judge good acting? And why does it matter?
Why Max Lucado Broke His Political Silence for Trump
In the face of a candidate’s antics, ‘America’s Pastor’ speaks out.
Contact With Mystery
On Cormac McCarthy, Flannery O’Connor, and what 'The Revenant' misses on purpose.
Our Histories Are Not Created Equal
Why Americans should be upfront with our kids—and ourselves—about how power and privilege shaped our backgrounds.
How Trump Tempts Us
Politics is not about one thing, but many things held in tension.
Mavis Staples: Voice of Joy and Justice
The new HBO documentary “Mavis!” takes a look at the woman who has lent her distinct voice to the cause of love for more than six decades.
Kanye West’s Work-in-Progress
Why the rapper’s new ‘gospel’ album, ‘The Life of Pablo,’ has Christians curious.
What Could Possibly Be Wrong with Christian Masturbation?
In both marriage and singleness, our bodies are not just for ourselves.
Puppets and Predestination
Charlie Kaufman's stories are curiously devoid of religion but loaded with religious concerns.
On Dying and Reckoning with the Prosperity Gospel
How church historian Kate Bowler's cancer diagnosis brought her face-to-face with the beauty and terror of the popular movement.
Race, Religion, and the Republican Dilemma
The church has an opportunity to encourage human flourishing even more.
The Pro-Life Case for Paid Maternity Leave
Where are the conservative Christians rallying for working moms?
10 Obscure Gospel Moments Most Jesus Films Miss
A look at commonly neglected gospel stories and films that depict them.
I Love My Kids—That's Why I Tell Them 'No'
The blogger behind 'We Are THAT Family' shares her advice on combating entitlement.
The Humble Coach Behind Celebrity Christianity
Remembering the tenacity and ironies of Fellowship of Christian Athletes founder Don McClanen.
Status Update: Still Struggling
Adoption is a good thing, kids are cute, but let’s be real: This mess is hard.
Searching for the Exit in ‘The Twilight Zone’
Not only is the classic sci-fi show entertaining—it has a fascinating take on the afterlife.
When Sex Leaves You Wanting More
Reflecting on female libido and Christian marriage.
Dispatch from Berlinale—‘Zero Days’
A compelling and essential documentary about worms, terrorism, cyber warfare, and Stuxnet.
Dispatch from Berlinale—'The Son of Joseph'
Biblical allusions abound in a farcical, good-hearted French tale.
Antonin Scalia: Devout Christian, Worldly Judge
A faithful man lives out his faith on the bench with restraint.
Can We Survive the Visual Tsunami?
Could there be a deeper rationale for the first commandment?
Dear Everyone: Stop Writing Open Letters
Open letters have changed history, but our petty online rants are getting old.
Searching for truth in the information age? Try Google.
Dispatch from Berlinale—‘Alone in Berlin’
A misfire that had great potential.
Dispatch from Berlinale—‘The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble’
This joy-filled music documentary also makes a case for friendship across traditions and borders.
God Loved Alexander Hamilton
But did this particular Founding Father love God?
Lauren Chandler: How God Wrings Out Praise During Tough Times
The singer, pastor’s wife, and author opens up about God’s ‘Steadfast Love.’
Joseph Fiennes Talks About Playing a Skeptic in ‘Risen’
The star of the upcoming Bible film talks about his new film, the nature of belief, gladiator school, and Eric Liddell.
Dispatch from Berlinale–'A Quiet Passion'
A film about the life of Emily Dickinson evokes what it meant to see life through the poet's twin obsessions with mortality and eternity.
Dispatch from Berlinale–'Midnight Special'
The latest from Jeff Nichols that is something quite different beneath the scifi surface.
First Love, Last Love: Courtship Culture and the Teen Cancer Romance
Movies like 'A Walk to Remember,' 'Twilight,' and 'The Fault in Our Stars' have picked up on a key facet of the way we talk about teen romance.
God's Place in Black History
Looking to the past provides direction for the current fight for justice.
The Best Books to Read for Lent (That You Won't Find in a Christian Bookstore)
Ten examples of literature and poetry that nurture and confront the soul.
Thousands of Jen Hatmaker Fans Bought Her Book for Strangers
For the Love, indeed.
Finding Healing in Front of the Camera
A Christian considers the benefits of boudoir photography.
What Wheaton, Hawkins, and Others Said at Public Reconciliation Attempt
(UPDATED) Ryken: We are 'trusting as a campus for God to restore what's been lost.' Hawkins: 'Embodied solidarity continues its journey.'
Why a Post-Christian Nation Needs a President of Faith
Religion gives candidates an advantage in advocating for all.
Why Lent Is Good for Bad Christians
The somber season leading up to Easter might feel like punishment. In fact, for people like me, it's sheer grace.
We Are Followers of a Middle Eastern Refugee
Security doesn’t have to come at the expense of compassion.
Lent in the Shadow of Cancer
Three writers reflect on breast cancer, bodies, and resurrection hope.
The Year in Liturgical Cinema: Ash Wednesday and Lent
In "The Revenant," "The Grey," and "Ikiru," we reflect on mortality and repentance.
3 Reasons Election Season Is Good For You
It’s easy to despair over candidates, but we have good reason to celebrate this time in our country’s life.
The Wheaton Controversy Ends, but I’m Still Torn
My struggle to understand the complicated relationship between trust, truth, and transparency.
When Art Doesn't Make Us Better People
"The Club," a disturbing film about guilt and damnation, raises questions about art that resists creating empathy.
An Ambassador to the ‘Spiritual but Not Religious’
Why David Dark thinks it’s a mistake to reject the R-word.
Bring Back Blind Dating
Online matches put the pressure on us, while setups offer a sense of community support.
Pride, Prejudice, Zombies, and Straw Men
It's not a satire. It's not a comedy. It's not anything, really.
7 New Theology Books You Should Read This Year
A list to help you grow intellectually and spiritually.
Q+A: The Story Behind the Jesus Storybook Bible
Sally Lloyd-Jones wrote a kids Bible so popular that they’re releasing an adult version.
To Hope All Things About the American Voter
Can Christians transcend the nihilism of our politics?
A Better Way to Be Evangelical
"You keep using that word. I don't think it means what you think it means."español
We Don’t Age Out of Our Sexuality
Balancing love, desire, and the demands of midlife.español
'Hail, Caesar!' — A Tale of the Christ?
"Hail, Caesar!" is both a romp through Hollywood's Golden Age and an unlikely Passion Play.
I Know Why the Government Went after Pro-Life Investigative Journalists
For those determined to speak out according to our deeply held beliefs, the price tag is becoming increasingly steep.
Why Are Pro-Lifers Borrowing Pro-Choice Philosophy?
Pre-Roe v. Wade, the pro-life movement vehemently denounced the idea that the end justifies the means.
Why I Gave in to Barbie, Even Before Her Size Change
Barbie teaches my girls to play. I’ll let other examples teach them about being a woman.
Confessions of a Controlling Wife
My journey from cheerleader to critic and back again
When Your Child Is a Prodigal
We’ve been waiting 15 years, and there’s no “happy ending” in sight.
Give Us a King!: Leadership Theory for Election Season
Historic trends bring context to Trump’s confounding popularity.
Confessions of a (Sinful) Overachiever
Praise or mockery: The problem with our reactions to “super-moms.”