Monthly Archives: February 2018

Movie set at “Black Panther” was “almost like church”

Sope Aluko is the Nigerian-born actor playing the role of ‘Shaman’ in the much-acclaimed “Black Panther” movie. In an interview with Okay Africa, she said the set was “almost like church.” Okay Africa had asked her was working alongside such heavy hitters … Continue reading

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‘Ash Valentine’s Day’: True Love Dies

By Tish Harrison Warren Today, on Valentine’s Day, while the world is bedecked with schmaltzy red and pink hearts, I will stand before kneeling members of my congregation and tell them that they are going to die. This, without a … Continue reading

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An introduction to Gospel Roots of Rock and Soul

By Ann Powers In 1947, a white Southern musical entrepreneur named Lee Roy Abernathy made a move that shook up churchgoing America – and the sound of popular music. That winter, the Georgia-born pianist and songwriter went into an Atlanta … Continue reading

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Leonardo da Vinci’s high-dollar Christ

By Steve Beard The art world is in a high-dollar tizzy after a controversial Leonardo da Vinci painting of Jesus sold for nearly half a billion dollars. The mid-November auction “saw a tense 20 minute battle between at least six … Continue reading

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Wayfinding Home

By Steve Beard  For three years, they were ultimately voyaging back home. Along the way, they circumnavigated the globe – without so much as a compass. The crew of the Hokule’a, a 62-foot-long Polynesian sailing canoe, traversed more than 40,000 … Continue reading

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The “real” St. Valentine was no patron of love

On Feb. 14, sweethearts of all ages will exchange cards, flowers, candy, and more lavish gifts in the name of St. Valentine. But as a historian of Christianity, I can tell you that at the root of our modern holiday … Continue reading

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Remembering John Mahoney (1940–2018)

Most fans will remember John Mahoney as eccentric dad — Martin Crane — from the fabulous television show Frasier. Others will know him from his acting with Chicago’s renowned Steppenwolf Theatre Company. Mahoney died this week. In a revealing interview … Continue reading

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What to Say When You Meet the Angel of Death at a Party

Katie Bowler lives with stage IV cancer. Her essay in the New York Times is elegantly pastoral. It is superb analysis. She was diagnosed as a young mother in her mid-30s. “EVERY 90 days I lie in a whirling CT machine, dye … Continue reading

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Alice Cooper to play Herod in live “Jesus Christ Superstar”

By Erik Pederson “Alice Cooper, whose theatricality is the stuff of legend, is the perfect rock star to play Herod in our live production,” said Robert Greenblatt, Chairman of NBC Entertainment. “Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice wrote a showstopping … Continue reading

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Snoop Dogg’s gospel of love

By Steve Beard It will be well worth watching the reaction to Snoop Dogg’s gospel album, “Bible of Love,” when it is released next month. Supporters and detractors of the world-famous rapper and music producer are sure to be in … Continue reading

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