What do Mothers Read? (Sidetrails Pt 2)

In the last few blog posts of my series on how evangelicals differ from high church Christians on entertainment, I’ve discussed several trends. I’ve talked about how suburban values inform evangelical institutions, how high church liturgy encourages a recognition of sin that evangelicals often miss, and other related ideas. Many of these ideas have been …

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Must It Always Be Kid-Friendly? (Why Do High Churches Get All the Good Artists Pt 7)

The following is part of a series on American evangelicals, considering why American Christian artists who produce high quality work tend to Catholic, Anglican, Eastern Orthodox or other high church denominations. Several years ago, I was in a Christian college's creative writing class where everyone had to write a novella on a topic of their choice. Since …

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3 Unusual Christian Movies Worth Watching

I've talked about movies several times on this blog. I've discussed mainstream Hollywood movies with spiritual themes, movies that find unique ways to talk about God, and even looked at how scary movies may get closer to describing religious ideas than other genres do. This time, I'd like to recommend a few movies written or …

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Can Movies Show God? (God in Film Pt 1)

Quite a lot has been said about Christian films in recent years, particularly the kind of independent Christian movies that became so popular after Passion of the Christ came out. Many Christians have argued for and against these Christian films for various reasons. One big point of contention is how Christian films usually portray miracles. …

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Why isn’t “Normal Christian Art” Enough?

The more I get into questions about how art and faith connect, and exploring the ways various artists have explored their faith in their work, the more I discover art that confuses some Christians. Art that doesn't give easy answers. Art that may not have happy endings. Art that talks about tough or obscure theological ideas rather …

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Why Christians Must Work in Secular Art (Pt 3)

I’ve talked recently about why Christians should care about art, in this new series I’m going to talk about why Christians should specifically encourage each other to work in secular art fields as well as overtly Christian ones Click here to read Part 2 Reason 3: Christian entertainment by itself will kill itself off   I pointed …

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Why Christians Must Work in Secular Art (Pt 2)

I’ve talked recently about why Christians should care about art, in this new series I’m going to talk about why Christians should specifically encourage each other to work in secular art fields as well as overtly Christian ones Click here to read Part 1 Reason 2: Christian Entertainment Can Only Say Certain Things   No …

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