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Review: Joy
The film is uneven, but Joy knows just who she is. mpaa rating:PG-13 (For brief strong language.)Genre:DramaDirected By: David O. Russell Run Time: 2 hours 4 minutes Cast: Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro, Bradley Cooper, Edgar Ramírez Theatre Release:December 25, 2015 by Twentieth Century...
Girl, Get Some Footnotes: Rachel Hollis, Hustle, and Plagiarism Problems
“Girl, Stop Apologizing” strikes a chord with women. But its message of success hits the wrong note and borrows heavily from others. Something funny happened after I finished the new book from multimedia business mogul Rachel Hollis, best known for the massive 2018 bestseller Girl, Wash Your...
Exploring the Growing Trend of Taking a Gap Year before College
When chosen wisely, a gap year can meet a student exactly where they are and provide what they need to thrive in college. Each year, between 80 and 110 future Harvard students choose to take a gap year. They’re encouraged to pursue this option straight from the Admissions office. Why would...
The Church Growth Gap: The Big Get Bigger While the Small Get Smaller
The US congregations most likely to grow are the 10 percent that already have more than 250 worshipers. In many congregations in the United States, new faces in the pews have become rare. A new study from Exponential by LifeWay Research found 6 in 10 Protestant churches are plateaued or...
What Shakespeare Taught Me About Ash Wednesday
On the first day of Lent, I’m reminded of a love that “alters not” and “bears it out even to the edge of doom.” Many years ago this winter, I published my first novel. That was a proud day for me. I had a sense of maybe having achieved something of lasting significance. The novel sold...
One-on-One with Juan Martinez on the Faith of Latino Emerging Adults
“Young Latino transnational believers in Christ have the relational life skills necessary to be transcultural missionaries and intercultural leaders.” Ed: How would you describe the state of Christianity and the church among emerging adults—18 to 29-year-olds—today? What are...
This Fantasy Novelist Showed Me What It Means to Fear God
How Lois McMaster Bujold’s Hugo Award–winning stories depict reverence in the face of divine mystery. The fear of the Lord,” says Proverbs 1:7, “is the beginning of knowledge.” Indeed, God’s scriptural appearances are often terrifying. Moses sees only God’s...
Are We the Ultraviolet Light of the World? Or the X-Rays?
An astronomer ponders one of Jesus' most memorable sayings. When Jesus defined himself as “the light of the world,” listeners probably associated those words with common objects well known to them: the hot sun of Judea, the stars twinkling in the sky, the moon shining during the...
One-on-One with Charles Stone on ‘Holy Noticing’
A conversation about Christian mindfulness. Ed: What led you to discover mindfulness? Charles: My youngest daughter was diagnosed with a brain tumor at age 1. Through the first 25 years of her life she had a dozen brain surgeries, two devices implanted into and taken out of her body, and had...
How Secularity Will Advance the Gospel of the Kingdom
Religious pluralism has provided space for the Gospel to be heard. Things aren’t always as they appear. The rose-colored glasses with which we look at our religious past often artificially and inappropriately distorts our perspective on our future. As the great philosopher Billy Joel once...
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