‘Avatar’ and the faith instinct

You probably don’t need a long synopsis of James Cameron’s half-billion-dollar epic “Avatar,” in part because even if you haven’t seen it, you’ve seen it. As many reviewers have noted, Cameron rips off Hollywood clichés to the point you could cut and paste dialogue from “Pocahontas” or “Dances With Wolves” into “Avatar” without appreciably changing... Continue Reading


With a budget rumored to exceed 500 million dollars, James Cameron’s “Avatar” steamrolled through theaters around the world this past weekend. The director of “Titanic” stated that he wrote the story in the mid-1990’s, and was “just waiting for the technology to catch up” to make the film. Based on the alien world of Pandora,... Continue Reading

Review: Deep Church: A Third Way beyond Emerging and Traditional

We live in a time of foment. There is not much that is settled and predictable in western culture today. Consensus has evaporated on almost every front; W.B. Yeats, it would seem, was right: The center cannot hold. The Church is not only not immune to this foment, it seems to be responsible, in part,... Continue Reading

A Review: “The Plan” by Sinclair Ferguson

How many ways can you creatively tell the story of Jesus’ birth? Many authors have placed the story of Christmas into a “make believe” world of animals, or special visitors to give it new inspiration for children. But in The Plan, Sinclair Ferguson uses no gimmicks, yet tells the old, old story in a fresh... Continue Reading

Oh My God?

Maybe there’s a way to make a really compelling, urgent documentary in which ordinary citizens and celebrities around the globe are canvassed about an important topic. Offhand, I don’t know how. But Peter Rodger’s “Oh My God?” is not the way to do it. On the other hand, perhaps you crave to know what actor... Continue Reading

More than 2,500 to Attend Premiere of ‘The Mysterious Islands’

More than 2,500 people bought reserved tickets to attend the Nov 18th Tampa premiere of The Mysterious Islands, a new film that debunks the conclusions Charles Darwin reached during his storied trip to the Galapagos Islands during the voyage of the HMS Beagle. Shot and directed by the award-winning Jon and Andy Erwin of Erwin... Continue Reading

“2012” a theological disaster?

Theologians began predicting the end of the world long before Hollywood did, so it’s not surprising that “2012,” the latest disaster blockbuster, contains more than a few religious images and references. But does Roland Emmerich’s box-office hit also qualify as a theological disaster? Several faith-based reviewers are raising interesting questions about the movie’s religious implications.... Continue Reading

Book Review: Jonathan Edwards and the Ministry of the Word

Jonathan Edwards and the Ministry of the Word,Douglas A Sweeney, IVP Academic 2009 The number of books produced on Jonathan Edwards in the last twenty years would fill a small library. New works on his writings, personal life, even the types of ink he used, are still coming into print, threatening to swamp bookstores and... Continue Reading

Collision is quirky, but well worth your time.

Christopher Hitchens vs Douglass Wilson – Collision, a Documentary By Kenneth A. Pierce Most people in evangelical churches are aware of the “New Atheism,” a particularly aggressive publishing and appearance onslaught by prominent thinkers who are also atheists: Sam Harris, Richard Dawkins, and public intellectual Christopher Hitchens. Almost three years ago, Christianity Today sponsored a... Continue Reading

The Hidden Truth Behind ‘V’

By Leigh Scott Like many conservatives, I was intrigued and excited by the promos for ABC’s reboot of one of my favorite mini-series, “V.” Finally, we thought, one of us had infiltrated the system and slipped one by the hippies who run Hollywood. Even better, we hoped that ABC, in a brash display of “corporate... Continue Reading