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Brett McCracken
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Francis Schaeffer once said "There cannot be true revival unless there has been reformation, and reformation is incomplete without revival."
In my latest blog post I reflect on the value of Christians balancing Word/Spirit, reformation/revival: 
In the Christianity of my Midwestern Baptist upbringing, the Holy Spirit was a part of the Trinity I acknowledged but hardly understood. I recall hearing murmurs that one of my classmates in third ...
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A proposition concerning the poor quality of evangelical-made movies (propositions themselves are the problem!) 
A year ago at this time, discussion of Hollywood’s “religious renaissance” began in earnest. Movies like Son of God, Noah, Heaven is for Real and God’s Not Dead were preparing to release, with more...
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My review of +Interstellar Movie for +Christianity Today:
A cinematic search for new homes in the heavens, with a secular, yet curiously devout vision of the cosmos.
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If "Whiplash" opens in theaters near you this weekend, go see it. My review: http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2014/october-web-only/whiplash.html
A film about art, discipline, and the benefits of someone who cracks the whip.
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How might the medium of cool change the message of the gospel? Revisiting Hipster Christianity for +Converge Magazine: 
We must admit that the particular shape and style Christianity takes has some bearing on what people perceive it to mean.
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Richard Linklater and Terrence Malick as "sculptors in time," narrators of boyhood and discoverers of holy moments:
Nothing I cared, in the lamb white days, that time would take me Up to the swallow thronged loft by the shadow of my hand, In the moon that is always rising, Nor that riding to sleep I should hear ...
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Have Christians in America bought into individualism to such an extent that we are now in a weak position to claim that some individual rights must be given up for the sake of Christian communal expression? My new blog post: http://ow.ly/JSGxe
I wrote an article recently for Biola Magazine, the official publication of Biola University, about the challenges Christian universities are facing on "religious freedom" issues related to changin...
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Every Christmas should give us the present of a new Terrence Malick film trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bC-3rnv_b3o
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"We flourish, Malick suggests, when we look away from ourselves and instead toward our life-giving Creator and the beauty that testifies to his majesty." My review of Peter Leithart's "Shining Glory," for The Other Journal: http://bit.ly/1t6uotm
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"The ease with which the Rapture has crossed over into secular culture may reflect a broader societal anxiety. The destabilizing effects of two world wars and the cold war, coupled with nuclear fears and worries about technology, infused the 20th century with an existential urgency and expectancy of calamity. When fears of apocalypse—whether by contagion, nuke, robot, zombie, mutated spider, or giant lizard—were everywhere in pop culture, the worldwide disappearance of millions didn't seem farfetched." My latest for +Christianity Today:
Why are movies about the last days still so popular?
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I wrote a commentary for +Christianity Today on three new documentaries (one Catholic and two made by graduates of +Biola University) that explore Christian faith and homosexuality: http://bit.ly/VVGWVc
Three new documentaries examine Christian faith, homosexuality, and the question of change.
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Ex gay doesn't exist... They're bisexual people whom you've shamed into temporarily surpressing their same sex attractions.

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"The Fault in Our Stars" is in part a film about suffering: why does it seem so arbitrary and unequally dispersed? The title is a nod to Julius Caesar ("the fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, but in ourselves") but an inversion of it. The film suggests that the "fault" IS with the stars, or with God, and that it's a mystery and seeming injustice that we must accept. Here's my review for +Christianity Today Movies:"
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Managing Editor, Biola Magazine
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  • Biola University
    Managing Editor, Biola Magazine, present
  • Wheaton College, UCLA, Biola University, C.S. Lewis Foundation
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Shawnee, KS - Tulsa, OK - Wheaton, IL
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Christian. Author, editor, film critic, cultural observer.
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Brett McCracken is a Los Angeles based writer/journalist. He is the author of Hipster Christianity: When Church & Cool Collide and has written for The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, CNN.com, The Princeton Theological Review, Mediascape, Books & Culture, Christianity Today, Relevant, IMAGE Journal, Q Ideas and Conversantlife.com.
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  • Talbot School of Theology
    present
  • Wheaton College, UCLA, Talbot School of Theology
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