Culture Friday, home videos, and the Great American Songbook
Today’s news and Culture Friday with John Stonestreet, discussing the public theology of Justice Antonin Scalia, plus: in part five of his series on the Great American Songbook, Bob Case explores the biblical roots of popular music, Reviewer Phil Boatwright discusses two classic American films that even today are remarkable for their expressive use of color, and more.
Debt-ceiling stalemate: Talks begin between the White House and congressional leaders over the debt ceiling and government shutdown, and while no deal was reached Thursday, both agreed to consult with their respective sides and meet again.
Essential government services: The Corporation for Public Broadcasting received $445 million from Washington even after the shutdown.
Obamacare glitches: Into its second week of open enrollment, government still cannot provide a count of health-insurance enrollees.
Business/economy: Stocks shot up sharply on Thursday. The Dow catapulted above the psychologically-important 15,000 level, as investors cheered signs of progress in resolving the political stalemate in Washington. Both the Dow and S&P 500 saw their best one-day gains in nearly four months.
Culture Friday: Scalia and the Devil at the Supreme Court
John Stonestreet of the Colson Center for Christian Worldview discusses Justice Antonin Scalia’s candid interview with New York magazine in which he defends traditional Christian understandings of heaven and hell with a stunned, unbelieving journalist. Stonestreet says, “Scalia demonstrates the ability to see all of life through the lens of his faith, take his faith very seriously and he just takes it with him where he goes … and shows that Christians need to have real relationships and be involved in real life at every level.”
Singing in the shower: The American Songbook
In part five of his series on the Great American Songbook, Bob Case explores the biblical roots of popular music.
Home video: Two cinematography classics
Reviewer Phil Boatwright discusses two classic American films that even today are remarkable for their expressive use of color: The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938) and She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (1949). Phil Boatwright is the editor of PreviewOnline.org.