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Concocted doctrines

Documentary | American Gospel: Christ Alone dismantles popular ‘prosperity gospel’ teaching
by Sophia Lee
Posted 4/25/19, 01:36 pm

A woman quits her job after hearing her pastor’s prophecy. She falls into financial ruin within two months. Who’s to blame? She is—she probably didn’t have enough faith. A man is born with cerebral palsy, and now as a grown adult, he’s still limping on crutches. Who’s to blame? He is, because God never wants Christians to suffer. At least, that’s the teaching of the “prosperity gospel,” a prevalent theology that the documentary American Gospel: Christ Alone tears down using Scripture and real-life testimonies.

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Killing a legend

Movie | The Highwaymen takes aim at the wrongheaded heroizing of Bonnie and Clyde
by Megan Basham
Posted 4/25/19, 01:03 pm

At the 2017 Academy Awards a little over two years ago, Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway presented the biggest prize of the evening, the award for best picture. It was the first time the two actors had taken the Oscar stage together, and the pairing was meant to evoke the glamor, beauty, and all-around cool the filmmaking industry associates with their revered 1967 classic, Bonnie and Clyde. It was also exactly the image and impulse director John Lee Hancock’s latest film, The Highwaymen, takes issue with.

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Superheroes assembled

Movie | Avengers: Endgame brings the Marvel film series to a mostly satisfying conclusion
by Megan Basham
Posted 4/25/19, 12:39 pm

Is there any way to grade Avengers: Endgame except on a curve? Nothing on the Avengers franchise’s scale—21 films featuring a rotating cast of dozens of interconnected main characters—had ever been attempted before. So the only fair way to judge the finale is how well it merges all the highways, byways, and weird alleyways (ahem, Thor: Ragnarok) before reaching its ultimate destination. On that score you’d have to say it succeeds wildly.

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