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Author Cliff Vaughn

Certain biblical passages make me laugh every time I read or hear them. Most of them, I realize, weren’t preserved for my 21st-century sense of humor. Nevertheless, personality and culture mix with the ancient text to yield, for me, profound hilarity in some instances, mild amusement in others and sparkling delight in still others. Just […] Read More

“War Horse”

Steven Spielberg is doing a one-two punch in 2011 much as he did in 1993. Then, it was “Jurassic Park” and “Schindler’s List,” obviously two very different films. Now, it’s “The Adventures of Tintin” and “War Horse.” “Tintin” is the performance-capture 3D adventure. “War Horse,” which opens Christmas Day, is summed up by its name. […] Read More

“Newspapers are dying” is the refrain in conversations about media health. And true, in the last few years some traditional newspapers have disappeared (RockyMountainNews), gone to online-only editions (SeattlePost-Intelligencer) or started offering home delivery only a few days a week (DetroitFreePress). And then there’s TheNewYorkTimes, a sort of canary in a coal mine.     […] Read More

President Obama spoke from the Rose Garden last Monday morning about economic growth and deficit reduction. He talked about a government that spends less and collects more, the latter through changes to the tax code. “It is wrong that in the United States of America, a teacher or a nurse or a construction worker who […] Read More

Renowned British preacher C.H. Spurgeon delivered a sermon at the MetropolitanTabernacle in London on May 25, 1862. The title: “TheStonyHeartRemoved.” “He delighteth to undertake strange things,” said Spurgeon of God, “to bring light out of darkness; order out of confusion; to send life into the dead; to heal the leprosy; to work marvels of grace […] Read More

Hector Villanueva, pastor of Iglesia Bautista La Roca in Siler City, N.C., found out last Friday he won’t be deported to Mexico. That’s cause for celebration on several fronts: the legal system did the right thing; a church can keep its pastor; a community can keep a valued member; and most of all, a family […] Read More

Editor’s note: Cliff Vaughn is co-producer/director of’s upcoming documentary on immigration, “Gospel Without Borders.” When some church folks discuss faith and immigration, there’s a big hole where the faith is supposed to be. It’s as if Christian Scriptures had nothing to say about those who cross the U.S. border out of desperation. Faithful churchgoers […] Read More

“You don’t have to go to India to see a tiger. You don’t have to go to Canada to see a cougar. You don’t have to go to Africa to see a Gaboon viper. You can go to Anytown, USA. Those animals are here,” says Tim Harrison, one of the subjects of the new documentary […] Read More

Some legislators want to defund U.S. public broadcasting. If that happens, one organization that would be affected is StoryCorps.   Since 2003, StoryCorps has recorded and archived more than 30,000 interview sessions with ordinary Americans and, significantly, archived them at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress.   StoryCorps is an independent nonprofit, […] Read More

Former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer is back in the public mind these days with a new show on CNN – and a new feature documentary about his rise and fall. One might also add that the popular new CBS show “The Good Wife” is nourishing a Spitzer-esque storyline of a politician, disgraced after being […] Read More