ReelAcademic Books

Reforming Hollywood: How American Protestants Fought for Freedom at the Movies. New York: Oxford University Press, 2012.
Pop Culture Wars: Religion and the Role of Entertainment in American Life . 3 rd edition. (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 1996)
Dancing in the Dark: Youth, Popular Culture and the Electronic Media. (et al.). (Grand Rapids, Michigan: Williams B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 1991). This publication is the result of a collaborative effort of six Fellows in the Calvin Center for Christian Scholarship 1988-89
Risky Business: Rock in Film. (with R. Serge Denisoff). (New Brunswick: Transaction Books, 1991)

Popular Books

Eyes Wide Open: Looking for God in Popular Culture. Grand Rapids , MI : Brazos Press, a division of Baker Books, rev. and exp. ed., 2007. Chinese-language edition, Hong Kong (FES Publishing Department, forthcoming)
Eyes Wide Open: Looking for God in Popular Culture. Grand Rapids , MI : Brazos Press, a division of Baker Books, 2001. 2002 Winner ECPA Gold Medallion Award, Christianity and Society. Brazos Press Best Seller, 2001. Korean-language edition (Korean InterVarsity Press, 2004), English-language edition, Philippines (Claretian Communications, 2004)
At Work and Play: Biblical Insight for Daily Obedience . (et al.). Ontario , Canada : Paideia Press, 1986
All of Life Redeemed: Biblical Insight for Daily Obedience . 2nd ed. (et al.). Ontario , Canada : Paideia Press, 1983

Refereed Journal Essays

“Easier Said Than Done: On Reversing the Hermeneutical Flow in the Theology and Film Dialogue ” (with Jennifer L. Vander Heide, McGregor Summer Research Fellow ), Journal of Communication and Religion (forthcoming)
“John Calvin Meets the Creature from the Black Lagoon: The Christian Reformed Church and the Movies 1928-1966,” Christian Scholars Review 25:1 (September 1995): 47-62
“Oliver Stone's JFK : Commercial Filmmaking, Cultural History and Conflict,” Journal of Popular Film & Television 21:2 (Summer 1993): 63-71
“Move Over Madonna: The Crossover Career of Gospel Artist Amy Grant,” Popular Music and Society 17:2 (Summer 1993): 47-68
“Roll Over Beethoven, Tell Martin Luther the News: Evangelicals and Rock Music,” Journal of American Culture 15:3 (Fall 1992): 79-88
“Katzman's ‘Rock Around the Clock': A Pseudo-event?” (with R. Serge Denisoff), Journal of Popular Culture 24:1 (Summer 1990): 65-78
“The Pentagon's Top Guns: Music and Movies” (with R. Serge Denisoff), Journal of American Culture 12:3 (Fall 1989): 67-78.
“Money for Nothin' and the Charts for Free: Rock and the Movies” (with R. Serge Denisoff), Journal of Popular Culture 21:3 (Winter 1987): 63-78

Chapters in Edited Collections

“Evangelicals and Popular Music: The Contemporary Christian Music Industry,” Religion and Popular Culture in America , eds. Jeffrey H. Mahan and Bruce Forbes ( Los Angeles : University of California Press, 2000): 105-24
“‘Take Your Girlie to the Movies': Dating and Entertainment in Twentieth-Century America ,” Religion, Feminism and the Family , eds. Ann Carr and Mary Stewart Van Leeuwen. The Family, Religion, and Culture. Don S. Browning and Ian S. Evison, Series Eds. (Philadelphia: Westminster John Knox Press, 1996)
“‘You Talkin' to Me?': The Christian Liberal Arts Tradition and the Challenge of Popular Culture,” Keeping Faith: Embracing the Tensions in Christian Higher Education (Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 1996)
“The Joys Are Simply Told: Calvin Seerveld's Contribution to the Study of Popular Culture,” Pledges of Jubilee: Essays on the Arts and Culture in Honor of Calvin G. Seerveld , eds. Lambert Zuidervaart and Henry Luttikhuizen (Grand Rapids, Michigan: Eerdmans, 1995)
“Contemporary Christian Music: The Business of Music Ministry,” American Evangelicals and the Mass Media , ed. Quentin J. Schultze (Grand Rapids, Michigan: Zondervan Publishing House, Academie Press, 1990)

Columns, Articles and Op-Eds in Periodicals

“Missing the Big Picture,” USA Today , February 6, 2006: 17A (pdf version)
“Seeing With the Eyes of Faith: Evangelicals and the Film Arts,” Perspectives . February 2004: 19-23
“Melodrama, Sentimentality, and Scripture,” Christianity and the Arts . 8:2, Spring 2001: 12-15
“Pilgrims on Planet Hollywood ,” Articulate: The Journal of the Arts Centre Group . 3, 2000: 5-10
“Playing the Culture Club,” CCM Magazine . May 1998: 45-47
“Where's the Gospel?,” Christianity Today . December 8, 1997: 44-45
“Boycotts, Baptists, and NYPD Blue ,” Theology, News and Notes (October 1997): 14-17
Dynamics of Youth Culture,” in Art AD 2000 , vol VI. (A collection compiled from the Sixth Symposium at the SBI Conference Centre in Holland , August 17-23, 1996, which was also the 16th Christian Artists Seminar. This conference was organized with the support of EZA (European Centre of “workers questions”) and the Commission of the European Communities)
“Pop Culture Wars,” Prizm . July/August, 1997: 25-7
“Venturing Into Virtual Reality,” The Banner . June 3, 1996: 24. Reprinted in Ministry Exchange: The Staff Newsletter for the Coalition for Christian Outreach . September 1997: 4-5
“Gospel's Groping: God or Green?” (with Quentin J. Schultze), The Banner. July 13, 1992: 16-7
“Calvin's Heirs Meet Madonna and the Terminator,” The Banner. February 3, 1992: 16-17
“Amy Grant: Her Heart's in Motion, but Where's It Headed?” The Banner. November 18, 1991: 16-17
“Praising God in Opryland” (with Quentin J. Schultze), The Reformed Journal 39:11 (November 1989): 10-14
“Summer Movies: Sizing Up the Teenage World,” The Banner , July 31, 1989: 16-17
“Whitney Houston: Drawing from the Well,” The Banner, November 16, 1987: 20. (record review)
“Make It Last Forever,” The Banner , October 27, 1986: 22 (record review)
“Music Video: Too Hot to Handle?” Contemporary Christian Magazine. July 1985: 14-18. Reprinted in The Associate Reformed Presbyterian Magazine 11.3 (March 1986) and Covenanter Witness (August 1986)

Reviews and Notices

Catching Light: Looking for God in the Movies by Roy M. Anker. Grand Rapids , MI : Eerdmans, 2005, in The Christian Century , June 14, 2005: 36-7
Apostles of Rock: The Splintered World of Contemporary Christian Music by Jay R. Howard and John M. Streck. Lexington , KY : University Press of Kentucky , 1999 in Perspectives , January 2002: 9-13
The Catholic Crusade Against the Movies, 1940-1975 by Gregory D. Black. New York : Cambridge University Press, 1998 in Christian Scholars Review , XXX: 3 (Spring 2001): 365-67
Pre-Code Hollywood : Sex, Immorality, and Insurrection in American Cinema, 1930-1934 by Thomas Doherty. New York : Columbia University Press, 1999 in The Review of Communication 1 (2001): 103-107 (
Woke Me Up This Morning: Black Gospel Singers and the Gospel Life by Alan Young. Jackson : University Press of Mississippi , 1997 in Popular Music and Society . 23.2 (Summer 1999): 123-25
The (Magic) Kingdom of God : Christianity and Global Culture Industries by Michael Budde. Boulder , CO : Westview, 1997 in Christian Scholar's Review . 29:1 (1999): 227-28
The Grotesque in Art and Literature: Theological Reflections edited by James Luther Adams and Wilson Yates. Grand Rapids : Eerdmans, 1997 in Calvin Theological Journal 34:1 (1999): 265
Adversaries of Dance: From the Puritans to the Present by Ann Wagner. Champaign : University of Illinois Press, 1997 in Calvin Theological Journal 33:2 (November 1998): 556-8
Material Christianity: Religion and Popular Culture in America by Colleen McDannell. New Haven : Yale University Press, 1995 in Calvin Theological Journal 31:2 (1996): 583-5
Present Tense: Rock & Roll and Culture . Anthony DeCurtis, ed. Durham , NC : Duke University Press, 1992 in Popular Music and Society 17:4 (Winter 1993): 132
Rockin' the Boat: Mass Music and Mass Movements . Reebee Garofalo, ed. Boston : South End Press, 1992 in Popular Music and Society 17:4 (Winter 1993): 137-8
Rock Formation: Music, Technology, and Mass Communication by Steve Jones. Newbury Park , CA : Sage Publications, 1992 in Popular Music and Society 17:4 (Winter 1993): 142-4
Hollywood Vs. America : Popular Culture and the War on Traditional Values by Michael Medved. New York : HarperCollins Publishers, 1992 in Perspectives: A Journal of Reformed Thought 8:5 (May 1993): 19-21. Excerpted in Context: A commentary on the interacton of religion and culture 25:13 (1 July 1993): 4-5
Hollywood Vs. America : Popular Culture and the War on Traditional Values by Michael Medved. New York : HarperCollins Publishers, 1992 in Grand Rapids Press , Sunday, October 25, 1992: B11
God's Schools: Choice and Compromise in American Society by Melinda Bollar Wagner. New Brunswick : Rutgers University Press, 1990 in Journal of American Culture 14:3 (Fall 1991): 97
"Film and Popular Music" by Gary Burns. In Gary R. Edgerton, ed., Film and the Arts in Symbiosis: A Resource Guide. New York : Greenwood Press, 1988 in Popular Music and Society 13:3 (Fall 1989): 100-2
Platoon (movie review) in Popular Music and Society 12:3 (Fall 1988): 116-19
Tarnished Gold: The Record Industry Revisited by R. Serge Denisoff with William L. Schurk. New Brunswick : Transaction Press, 1986 in Journal of Popular Culture 21:2 (Fall 1987): 151-2

Creative Projects

Eyes Wide Open: Looking for God in Popular Culture Video Series. A three-part video series based on the book of the same title. 2002 Aegis Award Winner (previous winners include NBC News, Warner Bros. Pay-TV, ESPN2 and the Discovery Channel); 2002 Communicator Award of Distinction