American men aren’t tough enough for Hollywood

If you’re looking for a man to be cast as the lead role in an action-packed Hollywood thriller don’t expect him to be an American, says Amanda Fortini. Because Americans raise weak and wimpy men Hollywood producers have no other choice than to look for Europeans or Australians. In a recent Details Magazine article titled,... Continue Reading

My Review of Love Wins

I confess I read this book because of all the hoopla on the internet. John Piper hates it, Mark Driscoll wants to say how much he hates it but is tired of launching his enemies onto the New York Times bestsellers list so he talks about it without talking about it. People everywhere are talking... Continue Reading

Considering “Radical – Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream’ by David Platt

Radical by David Platt is one of the books that has been enjoying lots of word of mouth among American Calvinists since its release. When I had the opportunity to get a review copy, I took it. I wanted to read it to see what the buzz was about, and the topic interests me. “I... Continue Reading

Movie Review – ‘Soul Surfer’ makes a splash as this year’s ‘The Blind Side’

Hollywood has been hamstrung over the years trying to figure out how to portray faith in film. They appear to be successful only when the movie is set in the past, as with “Amazing Grace,” “Chariots of Fire,” or “A Trip to Bountiful.” There have been a few exceptions. Bethany Hamilton has an extraordinary story... Continue Reading

Foundational Religious Books the Focus for Two Publishers

If it’s true that a book takes on a life of its own, then each has a life story waiting to be told. So let the telling begin–starting with books that have sought the divine and rocked history, one soul at a time. That’s the ambitious idea behind the new Lives of Great Religious Books... Continue Reading

Book Review: Evangelism – A Biblical Response to Today’s Questions by J.D. Payne

If you are looking for something new and trendy, this book isn’t it. Evangelism is as serious as the Gospel and as practical as a conversation. Dr. J.D. Payne is the Associate Professor of Church Planting and Evangelism and Director of the Center for North American Missions and Church Planting at SBTS. He was brand... Continue Reading

Our Imperfect Search for Perfection – Movie Review of ‘Limitless’

So, it’s the late fourth century, and you’re a British monk named Pelagius. You travel to Rome and are appalled by the low moral standards of the place. Maybe you’re stuffy, but you attribute the general air of laxity to Augustine, who believes man can attain perfection only through divine grace, not human effort. This... Continue Reading

What The Adjustment Bureau Could Learn from The Last Temptation (and from Christ Himself)

The Adjustment Bureau, the film starring Matt Damon and Emily Blunt, presents an image of a world with a curious religious perspective that will annoy many and presumably inspire some. The film presents a world that functions much as Deism would suggest: one in which the plan of a very distant and normally uninvolved god... Continue Reading

Review: Finding Your Prince in a Sea of Toads: How to Find a Quality Guy Without Getting Your Heart Shredded, by Dr. Kenneth Ryan

I’d recommend this book to women who are young, naïve and/or in the habit of making consistently destructive choices when it comes to dating or evaluating potential suitors. (Editor’s Note: Dr. Ryan is a member of Covenant Presbyterian Church (PCA) in Harrisonburg, VA) When I received a review copy of Ken Ryan’s Finding Your Prince... Continue Reading

God Is Still Holy and What You Learned In Sunday School Is Still True – A review of Rob Bell’s ‘Love Wins’

This book is not a poem. It is not a piece of art. This is a theological book by a pastor trying to impart a different way of looking at heaven and hell. Whether Bell is creative or a provocateur is beside the point. If Bell is inconsistent, unclear, or inaccurate, claiming the “artist” mantle... Continue Reading

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