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October 2, 2009

When she walks in beauty, alone by the river, the Rev. Susan K. Nanny sees beyond the Mississippi mud. On its way to the Delta, the Mississippi flows by St. Louis, leaving tokens from its travels elsewhere. Some strollers see those gifts...

September 17, 2009

Michael Malone mainly writes big, fat books. That's the good news. There is no bad news. Malone has written two works of nonfiction, a short story collection, a series of mysteries and eight novels. Granted, some are slim and trim,...

August 19, 2009

HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCEStarring: Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, Michael Gambon Director: David YatesRunning time: 2:33Classification: PG (scary mages, violence) Although Harry Potter and the Half-blood...

July 24, 2009

Two films about terrorism and compromise; two haunting films. Adoration, a Canadian film by the acclaimed writer/director Atom Egoyan (The Sweet Hereafter), is about Simon, raised by his uncle after his parents died in a car accident. His...

June 25, 2009

THE GOSPEL IN THE GLOBAL VILLAGE Seeking God's Dream of Shalom By Katharine Jefferts Schori Morehouse Publishing, 184 pp., $20 In her latest book, Katharine Jefferts Schori serves as both Eleanor and Franklin D. Roosevelt for us....

May 15, 2009

ANGELS AND DEMONSDirected by Ron HowardStarring Tom Hanks, Ewan McGregor, Ayelet Zurer, Stellan Skarsgård, Pierfrancesco Favino, Nikolaj Lie Kaas, and Armin Mueller-Stahl138 minutes, Rated PG13 (sequences of violence, disturbing images...

November 14, 2008

Words go in and out of fashion like hemlines. Such is the fortune of the word "acedia" (pronounced "uh-seed-ee-uh"). When viable in the 4th century, especially in monastic communities, the word meant simply "lack...

August 21, 2008

BRIDESHEAD REVISITEDDirector: Julian Jarrold Writers: Andrew Davies, Jeremy Brock Cast: Matthew Goode, Ben Whishaw, Hayley Atwell, Emma Thompson, Michael Gambon Rating: PG-13 Running: 145 minutes Brideshead Revisited, as...

July 30, 2008

THE BISHOP'S DAUGHTERA MemoirBy Honor MooreNorton, 368 pp., $25.95 Reading Honor Moore's memoir, "The Bishop's Daughter," feels like being embraced in brocade -- not scratched by newness or weighted by thickness, but...

February 28, 2008

THE WORDS OF JESUS A Gospel of the Sayings of Our Lord By Phyllis Tickle Jossey-Bass/Wiley, $22.95, 208 pp. When Phyllis Tickle accepts the challenge to sort through the sayings of Jesus in the four New Testament gospels, she is not...

December 20, 2007

THE GOLDEN COMPASS Directed by Chris Weitz Starring Nicole Kidman, Daniel Craig, Dakota Blue Richards. NewLine Cinema One hour, 53 minutes. Rated PG-13 THERE WILL BE BLOOD Directed by Paul Thomas Anderson Starring Daniel Day-Lewis...

December 6, 2007

THE ASPHALT GOSPEL Directed and edited by Scott Griessel Distributed by http://www.crosswalkamerica.org/ No single word on a page can communicate the personalities of men like the Rev. Carlton Pearson or Mark "Perfesser Creek-Water"...

October 25, 2007

For The Bible Tells Me So A documentary Director: Daniel Karslake Running Time: 95 minutes Check local media for release date in your area. The documentary, "For the Bible Tells Me So," stands at the nexus of the Bible,...

May 11, 2007

Reading Judas By Elaine Pagels and Karen L. King Viking, 198 pp., $24.95 Reading Judas is a small book packed with revelations and information. Elaine Pagels, a professor of religion at Princeton University, and Karen King, a...

October 1, 2006

On June 3, 2005, I flew to New Orleans for a church-related gathering. Before our meeting started that evening, my host dropped me off downtown. I walked from Canal Street down to the French Quarter. I hadn’t been to New Orleans in a...

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