Martin Saunders looks at how blockbuster musical Les Misérables – now out on DVD – can be powerfully harnessed to start conversations about God.
Issue publishedMay 2013
American writer John Green might be the most important author you’ve never heard of. Martin Saunders explores a world of unlikely smash hits to find out why.
TV’s sharpest writer thinks we’ll get the future we deserve. Martin Saunders asks: Should Christians listen to him?
A new musical is heading for the London stage, and it’s got controversy written all over it. Martin Saunders asks if we should ignore, embrace or campaign against a play that has some shocking things to say about religion.
Issue publishedJanuary 2013
As the final film in the Twilight franchise hits the screens, Dave Roberts asks why it has been so successful.
They made folk music cool again. Their lead singer has well-known Christian parents. And they sing about God. Surely Mumford and Sons are a Christianity culture columnist’s dream? Martin Saunders is not so sure.
It’s the year’s biggest film, and tells the story of a returning messiah. Martin Saunders asks: why do so many major films seem to stumble into the central story of the Christian faith?
Martin Saunders presents a spoiler‐free introduction to the new Batman film... and he’s very excited.
The publishing sensation Fifty Shades of Grey has
normalised the consumption of pornographic literature.
Martin Saunders analyses the effect this could have on
the way society views sex.
As Euro 2012 kicks off across two nations exposed for racism, and after this year’s Eurovision Song Contest took place in a country with a poor human rights record, Martin Saunders asks: Why does being entertained mean we turn a blind eye to injustice?
Is it possible to breathe new life into a tired old talent show format? Martin Saunders thinks The Voice has pulled it off.
Issue publishedMay 2012
The Hunger Games has appeared almost from nowhere to become one of the biggest films in recent history. Martin Saunders asks, what does this horrific vision of a fictional future have to say to us about the hidden horrors of our present reality?
Philosopher Alain de Botton’s new book tries to steal the best bits of religion and leave God behind...
Britain’s most notable illusionist may be a confirmed atheist, but he grew up as a Christian...
The ailing children’s TV sector has been single-handedly revived by one man, who drives adults crazy, but is a hero among the under-5s. Martin Saunders on the rise and rise of Justin Fletcher...
Apple guru Steve Jobs’ death held more significance than that of the average CEO, says Krish Kandiah, and the Church could learn a lot from him...
Martin Saunders reflects on the surprise
box office hit, The Help, and what it has
to say to the Church in 2011...
The scenes of riots this summer were disturbing for a number of reasons, not least because the driving factor behind them appeared to be greed. Martin Saunders looks for a brighter future...
The ‘hackgate’ scandal brought a media tycoon
to his knees, and made a society ask, who can we trust?
Martin Saunders considers how we as a Church can
bring Jesus to a world that has lost faith in everything...
Despite the recession, technology manufacturers continue to bring ever more complex gadgets to market. But why are we never satisfied with what we have, and what is the endless pursuit of the 'next thing' doing to us?