War Room

War Room (2015), the first Kendrick Brothers Productions film, will premiere in theaters on August 28. Tony Jordan (T. C. Stallings from Courageous) keeps arguing with his wife Elizabeth (Priscilla Shirer); their daughter suffers as a result. But a client named Miss Clara teaches Elizabeth to make a prayer closet, or “war room,” so that she can…

Easter Stories: A New Anthology

Easter Sunday will be celebrated on April 5 this year. Plough Publishing has released a new anthology for Holy Week, called Easter Stories: Classic Tales for the Holy Season (2015). It contains nearly thirty poems and stories. Some authors are familiar – Anton Chekhov, Maxim Gorky, Brothers Grimm, Selma Lagerlof, C. S. Lewis, John Masefield, Alan…

Christian Entertainment and Piracy

Six months ago, I legally downloaded “Great I Am (Remix)” from The Action Bible Remixed soundtrack. I uploaded the song to my YouTube channel last month but later deleted it. Why? Anyone could have used KeepVid.com or another site to download my video for free. This is piracy and it’s illegal. Integrity Music and legal distributors would…

Satirizing Islam

“If you can’t say anything nice, then don’t say anything at all.” Parents give this advice to their children in order to teach them good manners and help them avoid the repercussions of mean words. However, obeying such advice is censorship, which all too often we dislike. We want to exercise our God-given freedom of speech…

Evening Prayers

Lutheran pastor Christoph Friedrich Blumhardt (1842-1919) helped found Christian Socialism in Germany. He also influenced theologians like Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906-1945) and Karl Barth (1886-1968). Blumhardt’s devotions were published posthumously in German. Plough Publishing’s English edition includes a short introduction by Eugen Jackh, his friend and editor. I was disappointed by Evening Prayers, For Every Day of the…

Home for Christmas

Home for Christmas: Stories for Young and Old (2002), from Plough Publishing, is a collection of twenty European and American Christmas tales with woodcut illustrations. Five stories came from Plough’s Behold that Star: A Christmas Anthology (1966). Some authors were familiar to me: Pearl Buck, Selma Lagerlof, Madeleine L’Engle, Katherine Paterson, and Henry van Dyke.…

The “Christmas Candle” Delusion

I’d wanted to watch The Christmas Candle (2013) ever since I saw the trailer. The film’s high-quality production impressed me. So did its cast: Samantha Barks from Les Miserables (2012), British singer Susan Boyle, James Cosmo from The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (2005), Barbara Flynn, Hans Matheson, and others. When a local library…