"The 100-page report, 'A survey conducted for the Book of Alternative Services Evaluation Commission', is available from the Anglican Book Centre for $8.99. The Commission had earlier published 'Thinking about The Book of Alternative Services: A Discussion Primer' (also available from ABC at $8.99). Its focus is a theological evaluation of the BAS. 'This survey of the use and attitudes to the BAS by a variety of Anglicans is one of the ways in which the Evaluation Commission is fulfilling its mandate to consult with the Church', said John Webster, acting chair. 'The detailed results will be a significant factor in drawing up our report and recommendations to the 1995 General Synod'." [Text of entire article.]
"Seeking intimations of grace at the movies can be hit-and-miss. ... Four recent movies touch on aspects of grace: three are explicitly Christian in perspective, while the fourth is implicitly grounded in faith. The best of the quartet is 'Paul, Apostle of Christ'." Paul's [James Faulkner] "strength and Luke's [Jim Caviezel] gentleness are admirable without seeming artificial. Solid performances, and a message that feels unforced, combine to pleasing result". "In 'God's Not Dead: A Light in Darkness' a historic church situated on a secular university campus in no longer welcome. .... It suggests that organized religion is under attack by secular foes; but, so far (in the West, at least) that's a hyperbolic premise. .... The writing and cast are uneven ..". "'I Can Only Imagine' is based on the true story of the lead singer for MercyMe, a Christian music band that struck a chord with the song that gives the film its title. It's well-intentioned stuff -- about turning pain to inspiration. But its protagonist (J. Michael Finley's Bart Millard) is dull". "'A Wrinkle in Time', which sends children on a trans-dimensional journey to find their missing father, is a disappointment. .... authenticity is missing here, in a film hampered by inconsistent casting ... an overreliance on effects and a misreading of the story as an action piece, when it is actually anchored in relationships ... It inflates the potency of evil ... And the heart of the story, which is about grace, is neglected ..".