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Tuesday
Feb252014

Clear Winter Nights

COMMENT BY Tim Challies

By Trevin Wax
Multnomah Books, 2013
Hardcover, 176 pages, $16

I DO NOT read a lot of fiction. It’s not that I have anything against a good novel, but more that there is just so much I want to know, and so many facts I want to learn, that time dedicated to story feels like time taken away from a more urgent pursuit. Or, to hear my wife tell it, I’m just a big snob. Regardless, all the experts say I need to read in a well-rounded way, so I do make room for at least the occasional novel.

Speaking broadly, I see two different kinds of Christian novel. The first begins

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Tuesday
Dec172013

Bible Epics are Back on the Silver Screen

COMMENT BY Peter T. Chattaway

BIBLE EPICS are back, and coming soon to a theatre near you.

The genre – which was very popular in the silent era and then, again, during the post-war boom of the 1950s and early 1960s – never went away entirely. Low-budget films like The Last Temptation of Christ and The Passion of the Christ have offered radically different, even opposite, interpretations of the life and death of Jesus. And there has been a steady stream of Bible films on television going back to at least the 1970s.

But when Paramount Pictures releases Noah – starring Russell Crowe and rumoured to have cost over

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Friday
Nov152013

Walking with God through Pain and Suffering

 

THE QUESTION is as old as time, and has been grappled with by minds far greater than most of us can claim to possess. The psalmist asked it in Psalm 22:1 when he wrote “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” About a thousand years later, Jesus asked it when he quoted those words while hanging on the cross.  C.S. Lewis dealt with it in The Problem of Pain.  Phillip Yancey did too

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Friday
Nov152013

Film & Faith: Meeting God at the Movies

 

By Steve Page & Julie Golding Page

AS THE FILM credits rolled and the house lights came on, there was a buzz in the cinema. Was the hero lost forever, or had he finally achieved his heart’s desire and returned home from exile? What had just happened? We had just watched the final scene of Inception, this summer’s mind-bending sci-fi blockbuster, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Ellen Page. The film delves into the nature of reality and dreaming

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Saturday
Sep282013

Delighting in the Trinity: An Introduction to the Christian Faith

By Michael Reeves

IVP Press, Academic

Softcover, 135 pages, $16

 

EVERY ONCE in a while, you are given an opportunity to stretch yourself, to try something a bit out of the ordinary that you know will help you along in your journey of faith. When these chances come along I often find myself jumping in with both feet. In this case I was asked if I would like to read the book by Michael Reeves, Delighting in the Trinity. I was intrigued by the title – not understanding the Trinity but rather delighting in it.

To me the subject of the Trinity has always been a doctrine that one takes for granted. Every year

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