Perspective: While it's tempting for Christians to lock themselves away in anti-secular bubbles, the ramifications of doing so are polarizing at best and deeply destructive at worst.
Art & Media
If you watch the slick TV commercials BP is rolling out these days for the fifth anniversary of the BP oil spill from the Deepwater Horizon on April 20, 2010, you'd think all was well. But you cannot fool award-winning documentary filmmaker Margaret Brown. Her one-hour tour of the Louisiana, Alabama and Texas coast, "The Great Invisible," shows us the lasting change wrought on people, land, and sea by the impact of the worst environmental calamity in U.S. history.
The rapture is coming -- again. A new television series, "The Messengers," premieres at 9 p.m./8 p.m. Central today, April 17, on The CW because "the wheels of Revelation have begun to turn." The end is near, and "angels" or Messengers, have appeared.
The Messengers are five select people, men and women, unknown to the others, who are gifted with the ability to heal others. Then there is "The Man" (Diogo Morgado), who wields death and destruction even though he looks like a totally hot guy.
Movie review: While "Little Boy" may make you shed a tear at the end, it's for all the wrong reasons.
The Bible indeed continues after Christ's ascension. The Gospel spreads. The Christian community grows amazingly.
Readers of the popular Jesuit magazine America may have noticed that its publisher, America Press, is undergoing a rebranding.
"People are reading print publications less and less, particularly young millennials," said Jesuit Fr. Jeremy Zipple, executive editor of America Films, a significant part of the newly established cross-platform entity America Media.
Laypeople are meant to be "out on the frontlines" of using media in the new evangelization, said a speaker at a panel discussion Monday at The Catholic University of America in Washington.
The panel consisted of leaders in Catholic broadcasting and communications and was held in honor of the 75th anniversary of Archbishop Fulton Sheen's first televised service on Easter of 1940*.
It was part of a weeklong celebration of the legacy of the 20th-century Catholic evangelist.
Column: My podcast feed includes a number of spiritual and religious shows NCR readers might want to check out.
Column: Whenever it's published in the next few months, I expect to read Harper Lee's novel Go Set a Watchman.
"A.D. The Bible Continues" features a decidedly more multicultural cast, the result of honest conversations between black church leaders and the filmmakers.