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Movie Review: Gran Torino Works

Clint Eastwood’s 2008 project Gran Torino has recently been released on DVD, and what a delight it is. Read More »

Book Review: As We Forgive: Stories of Reconciliation from Rwanda by Catherine Claire Larson

Essential reading for anyone interested in the recent history of Rwanda, the practice of restorative justice, or the Christian understanding of forgiveness and reconciliation. Read More »

Movie Review: Valkyrie

Cruise's Valkyrie delivers acceptably, despite a narrow focus and flattened development. Read More »

Power and Tyranny in Civilization IV

Civ IV deserves praise for integrating religion into the game play, but in the end it becomes one more tool for tyranny. Read More »

Digital Book Review: The Logos Edition of Karl Barth’s Church Dogmatics

What was an unwieldy and often inaccessible resource in print form becomes a powerful tool for critical engagement of contemporary theology. Read More »

Beowulf Fails To Uphold Its Legacy

Unless you go to the film solely for the special effects or have absolutely no appreciation for the narrative legacy of the epic, avoid this Beowulf film. Read More »

Home Runs Against Hitler: The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg

As we mark the beginning of baseball season this week in 2007, it's a good opportunity to remember the contributions of Hammerin' Hank Greenberg... Read More »

Movie Review: 300

... perhaps there are some contemporary lessons to be learned from 300... Read More »

Movie Review: The Pursuit of Happyness

The Pursuit of Happyness stands as an extended argument underscoring the truth of conservative values. Read More »

Book Review: The Scandal Of The Evangelical Conscience

Freed from the pervasive distortions of leftist economic ideology, Sider’s corresponding message becomes even more clear and powerful. Read More »