Slumdog Millionaire (Danny Boyle, 2008)
The Visitor (Thomas McCarthy, 2007)
Vicky Cristina Barcelona (Woody Allen, 2008) BY: Denis Haack How the story ends matters a great deal. The reason is simple, so simple we may miss how profound it really is: how stories end matters because we are each living out a story, and how ours ends makes all the difference in the world.
Doubt (John Patrick Shanley, 2008) BY: R. Greg Grooms How do you feel about people who are certain? Do you find them attractive, admirable, encouraging? Often the attractiveness of certainty depends on who embodies it.
Milk (Gus Van Sant, 2008) BY: Wesley Hill A film like Milk confronts us with a poignant, at times heartrendingly beautiful portrayal of loving, caring, loneliness-diminishing gay relationships. How should we respond?
Introducing Children to Global Culture Through Music BY: Matthew Hundley Teaching our children (and ourselves) about other cultures is important for social, intellectual and spiritual growth. One of the publishers offering quality recordings and learning materials for children is Putumayo.
Satisfied: A Conversation About Fullness, Spirituality & Food BY: Karen Baldwin I am passionate about food. Growing it, shopping for it, smelling it, cooking it and eating it. It seems it is hard for me to get enough of it.
Shoulds, Wants, and Faithfulness: Discernment Exercise BY: Denis Haack Might the future of business lie in encouraging shoulds rather than indulging wants? Could corporations help us bring out our better selves?
Lumière v. Méliès: A Cinematic Dichotomy BY: Matthew Hundley Can there be true “truth” in cinema? That quest dates back to the inception of the film medium and the idealogies of the Lumière brothers pitted against those of Georges Méliès.
Moments of Perfection...Almost BY: Denis Haack Occasionally something occurs which seems to carry not a single flaw. Amidst all the brokenness of life an oasis appears that for the moment, at least, seems to have missed the inertia towards chaos and disappointment. Instead it hints at perfection.
Understanding Scripture correctly (II) BY: Denis Haack You are attending a small group Bible study and someone comments, “Jesus came into a broken, fallen world. The problem in this case is hunger, the need to eat, and as the Redeemer he solves the problem with a special supply of food. Won’t it be great in heaven when we won’t need food any more?” How do you respond?
Johnny Cash and the Great American Contradiction: Christianity and the Battle for the Soul of a Nation (Rodney Clapp, 2008) BY: Wesley Hill What do country music legend Johnny Cash, Swiss Reformed theologian Karl Barth, and George W. Bush have in common? By most reasonable estimates, little more than their common humanity--but wait there's another answer...
I love my neighbor as myself but only because I don’t much care for myself.
- Garrison Keillor
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