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A Christian critic wrestles with new biblical films and the hope of a better ‘faith-based’ cinema

By Justin Chang My reservations have little to do with standard criticisms like awkward performances or clunky production values — venial sins, surely, for new filmmakers trying to find their way. What rankles about a cinematic sermon like “Letters to … Continue reading

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Politics, persecution and ‘ardent love’: New movie aims to show why Paul is still relevant

By Emily McFarlan Miller, Religion News Service In the film, Luke (Caviezel) meets with Paul (James Faulkner) in prison to record his dramatic conversion and other reflections into what would become the Book of Acts. Meantime, the early church struggles … Continue reading

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Have a blessed Good Friday.

For those who observe, have a blessed Good Friday. Elvis Costello has been an essential troubadour in my life’s soundtrack. Every Good Friday, I ponder his lyrics: “How deep is the red our redeemer bled / The debt of our … Continue reading

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Happy Maundy Thursday.

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Jesus is tempted

By Scott Erickson I get tempted. But never like this. I personally distrust teachings that compare some crazy Biblical story to the normalcy of my life. Example: “Jesus calmed the storm on the sea. Can He calm the “storms” in … Continue reading

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A Soul Food Beacon in Memphis

By John T. Edge, Garden & Gun “We’re church people,” Aaron Leach says when I ask how his family came to run a soul café on the edge of the North Memphis neighborhood known as Smokey City, once thick with … Continue reading

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Legendary rocker Alice Cooper credits Jesus with curing him of alcoholism

New York Daily News Thirty-seven years ago, Alice Cooper awoke throwing up blood. “Everything that could go wrong was shutting down inside of me,” the legendary rocker recalled to Confidential. “I was drinking with Jim Morrison and Jimi Hendrix and … Continue reading

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The ‘Father Of Christian Rock’ Larry Norman’s Battles With Evangelicalism

By Sarah McCammon Upon the release of his first album Upon This Rock in 1969, Larry Norman unwittingly created the billion-dollar industry of Christian rock. Author Gregory Alan Thornbury is sure that if Norman were alive today, the musician would … Continue reading

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Sister Jean, Breakout March Madness Star, Celebrated By Her Fellow Nuns

By Maggie Hendricks “OK, this is it, girls.” With 41 seconds left in Loyola-Chicago’s Sweet 16 game with Nevada, Sister Mary Fran McLaughlin points out just how close the game is — just like Loyola’s two previous games in this … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday Flannery O’Connor

“The truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it,” observed the late great Flannery O’Connor (1925-1964). She was truly one of our most spectacular American writers and the patron saint of Southern Gothic writing with the craziest … Continue reading

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