Narrative and the Grace of God: The New ‘True Grit’

The new “True Grit” is that rare thing — a truly religious movie. In the John Wayne version religiosity is just an occasional flourish not to be taken seriously. In this movie it is everything, not despite but because of its refusal to resolve or soften the dilemmas the narrative delivers up. Movie critic Dan... Continue Reading

Book Review: The Narnia Code: C. S. Lewis and the Secret of the Seven Heavens by Michael Ward

Do you remember when you first read The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis? Many people, like me, trace their love of fantasy fiction back to that moment. As I gobbled up each of the seven books of the Chronicles of Narnia series, I entered a world of knights, chivalry, valor, magic... Continue Reading

Recommended Books published in 2010 from the Staff of The Gospel Coalition

With more than 260,000 books published in the United States alone in 2010, any “Top Ten Books of the Year” lists should be digested with a grain of salt. Nevertheless, we all love year-end lists. So Collin Hansen, Andy Naselli, and I put together a list of books recommended for pastors, seminarians, and other Christian... Continue Reading

Sailing on the Dawn Treader – Lessons a’Plenty

The novels—and yes the film—are great examples of how moral and philosophical ideas can be conveyed in fantasy literature—including tales of a noble lion, a gallant mouse, and a little boy named Eustace Scrubb, who almost deserved his name. C. S. Lewis never missed a chance to teach a moral lesson. And the Voyage of... Continue Reading

How The King James Bible ‘Begat’ English Idioms

Begat: The King James Bible And The English Language By David Crystal, Hardcover, 320 pages Oxford University Press, USA, List price: $24.95 If you’ve ever “fought the good fight” or chuckled at “what comes out of the mouths of babes,” you just might agree with him. Phrases with roots in the King James Bible are... Continue Reading

Faith for Living – New TV Show with Dr. Michael Milton

Faith for Living, a new Bible study series with Dr. Michael Milton, the chancellor/CEO elect of Reformed Theological Seminary, will air on the NRB Network each week on Direct TV channel 378 on Mondays at 8:30a.m., Thursdays at 3:30a.m. and Fridays at 7:30a.m., beginning January 3rd. Sky Angel will carry the program on channel 126.... Continue Reading

Book Review: Faith In The Face of Apostasy: The Gospel According to Elijah & Elisha by Raymond B. Dillard

In today’s church, the Old Testament is often overlooked. When attention is drawn to it, the focus tends to be on creation science, Proverbs for daily living, Psalms for devotional nourishment, and character studies for us to emulate. The Christian church largely focuses on the New Testament for its teaching and preaching. In a sense... Continue Reading

Linus and Luke – 45th Anniversary of “A Charlie Brown Christmas” with Linus reciting the Christmas story from Luke’s Gospel

Schulz insisted on one core purpose: “A Charlie Brown Christmas” had to be about something. Namely, the true meaning of Christmas. Otherwise, Schulz said, “Why bother doing it?” The program will air again on ABC on Thursday, December 16. Last Sunday The Washington Post carried a lengthy feature article about the making of this animated... Continue Reading

The Year in Books

I have always enjoyed recommending books, and for the final “Beyond the Wicket Gate” column of 2010, I thought it might be helpful to share some of the significant books that have been published so far this year, books that you may not have heard about but should consider reading. This list is not exhaustive.... Continue Reading

New “Narnia” Film Stirs Religious Controversy

“The whole Narnian story is about Christ,” Lewis once wrote. He said he “pictured him becoming a lion” because it’s the king of beasts and because Christ is called “The Lion of Judah” in the Bible. The studios behind the new “Narnia” movie are walking a tightrope in their quest to promote the third film... Continue Reading