PBS Documentary, “God In America”, to debut October 11

During his presidency, {Thomas Jefferson} had literally cut and pasted the standard biblical account into a text more to his liking, omitting Jesus’ virgin birth, resurrection and supernatural miracles while maintaining the ethical teachings… “God in America” takes from the example of Jefferson and Jesus a thesis: America cannot possibly be understood without understanding the... Continue Reading

Author examines faith and football in the Southeastern Conference

‘Being a lifelong Vanderbilt fan helps you to accept the cross.’” A passionate Christian and a rabid football fan, Auburn graduate Chad Gibbs set out, in his humorous new book, “God & Football,” to find the balance between his religious faith and his devotion to the emotional whirlwind of college football in the South. “As... Continue Reading

Book Review: The stats on evangelicalism are much better than you’ve been led to believe.

Ted Olsen of CT interviews Bradley R. E. Wright about his recent book: Christians Are Hate-Filled Hypocrites…. and Other Lies You’ve Been Told (Bethany House, July 2010) Young people are not abandoning church. Evangelical beliefs and practices get stronger with more education. Prayer, Bible reading, and evangelism are up. Perceptions about evangelicals have improved dramatically.... Continue Reading

Tragic Humanism – Terry Eagleton argues that evil is not as mysterious or as explainable as we think.

‘On Evil’ belongs to the genre of religious psychology, where Eagleton brilliantly relates the ultimate concerns of the theologian with the penultimate concerns of the psychoanalyst. Two events happened this spring in New York City that flummoxed our sophisticated pundits. First, a naturalized citizen failed to detonate a car bomb in Times Square. Why did... Continue Reading

“Get Low” and the Gospel

In an often animalistic culture, it reminds us that even the Gentiles know that guilt is real, and that it burns. It also reminds us that, no matter how deep the exile, where there is still a conscience there is still the God who put it there. On Sunday afternoons, typically, the adrenaline of the... Continue Reading

Book Review: What is the Gospel? by Greg Gilbert

Gilbert asks and answers four crucial questions: Who made us?, What is our problem?, What is God’s solution to that problem?, and, How can I be included in that solution? Consider the variety of answers you would receive if you asked the man-on-the-street, “What is the Gospel?” Greg Gilbert, assistant pastor at Capitol Hill Baptist... Continue Reading

Sex, violence, Islam: Syrian TV soap raises drama

Meet Layla, the beautiful green-eyed young woman shunned by society as she deliberates whether to take off her niqab. In a new Syrian soap opera, a beautiful green-eyed young woman named Layla is torn over whether to take off the niqab, the billowing black Islamic garb that hides every part of her except her eyes.... Continue Reading

Book Review: Holy Subversion by Trevin Wax

HOLY SUBVERSION has much in common with Tim Keller’s COUNTERFEIT GODS. They both take on the idols of our culture, and they each have great insight into how these gods take us captive. Holy Subversion: Allegiance to Christ in an Age of Rivals, by Trevin Wax; Crossway Books (January 31, 2010) I thought I would... Continue Reading

Christian movie made in Memphis, ‘Grace Card’ to get national release

Howie Klausner, a self-described “modern evangelical” who co-wrote Clint Eastwood’s “Space Cowboys,” was brought on as a producer and screenwriter to revise Evans’ original script. A Cordova, Tennessee church and an entertainment giant are now partners in an effort to make a dent in sin as well as in the box office through the modern-day... Continue Reading

Book Review: Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy by Eric Metaxas

A pastor posing as a spy posing as a pastor. A triple agent perhaps? Caught up in the horrors of Nazi Germany, internationally acclaimed pastor-theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer took life under God in this world seriously and did his duty to his God, the Church, his country, and his family. Caught up in the internecine conflicts... Continue Reading