'Captive' breaks free from conventions
With the exception of opening with a Bible verse and ending with a hymn, the Christian references are subtle. Regular churchgoers will recognize small things, like Ashley’s meeting at Celebrate Recovery, a Bible-based 12-step ministry that many churches offer. This isn’t to suggest that the story should have gone fake, only that it could have... Continue Reading
God Battles ‘Straight Outta Compton’ For African-Americans’ Souls
How did we go from “Straight Outta Compton” to the “War Room”?
“If the church is the American institution that has the power to save marriages, why isn’t the black community in better shape? Why, given that members of black churches have the highest rates of church attendance and proclaim some of the highest levels of belief, are the marriage rates among the lowest?” How did... Continue Reading
War Room – Actually Pretty Good
The story line of the movie War Room is very credible – for the average middle class evangelical
“At first I wasn’t sure about this movie. In the first 45 minutes there was no specific mention of Jesus or even anything that could be considered exclusively Christian. Up to that point if the Christian elements were removed the movie would still have made sense, and still have been interesting, to the non-Christian.” ... Continue Reading
Why I Do Not Recommend The Movie, “War Room” (Plus Other Reviews)
Marriages are being saved. Fathers are returning to biblical duty. It's all good. Isn't it?
Worse, as ordained ministers formerly operating under the oversight of their home church, (but no longer) listen to how the brothers decide to move forward with the themes for each of their movies. It isn’t from the Bible. God tells them: We go through the better part of a year, saying, ‘Lord what do you want... Continue Reading
Taking Your Dating Cues from Hollywood
Pride and Prejudice ruined me. The story of Elizabeth Bennet and Fitzwilliam Darcy is burned into my brain; why? Because I desperately want it to be my story, that’s why.
I’m not intending to bash movies altogether. Some, including some romances and romantic comedies, are quite charming and innocuous. But it’s time we stop taking our dating cues from Hollywood. It’s time to instead get a biblical view of dating, relationships and marriage. How do we do this? For starters, we read the Bible and... Continue Reading
Making Movies That Save lives
Producer Eduardo Verastegui talks about bringing pro-life values to the big screen
The best part of Bella, for me, is all the emails and letters and phone calls that I receive every day from young women who were pregnant. They are scheduled to have an abortion, and after seeing the movie, by the grace of God, they changed their mind and kept their babies. More than 2,000 babies have... Continue Reading
Logic on Fire: The Life and Legacy of Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones (DVD Review)
Anyone in the Reformed community will recognize many of the special commentators in the film
“This film was recently debuted at the Gospel Coalition conference in Orlando where many of the guests featured on the DVD documentary were speaking, preaching, and lecturing. I have to say, there was a great amount of excitement about the release of Logic on Fire.” I had an opportunity to review the brand new full-length... Continue Reading
What the Avengers Movie Tells Us About Marriage and Family
Perhaps this is a signal of a bit of longing for something different.
As I’ve said many times before, the Sexual Revolution can’t keep its promises. The breakdown of families doesn’t bring the liberation some think. Those of us who believe in the old ways need to nourish these habits and practices, not only in obedience to God and not only for our own flourishing, but for the... Continue Reading
Truth in Beauty: Cinderella and Frozen
Sacrificial love. Redemption. Forgiveness. In Disney movies? Yes!
Movies have power. It’s refreshing to see that power used to portray truth with such stirring beauty and artistry. I’m glad these are my daughter’s favorite movies. They’re teaching her to have courage, to be kind, to forgive and to put others ahead of herself. Not bad for Disney! This past Friday night,... Continue Reading
On Jonathan Crombie, Gilbert Blythe, Anne Shirley, and Stay at Home Daughters
Part of what drew me to Gilbert was his love of the opinionated, strong and gifted Anne Shirley
Any Christian man worth his salt is going to want a strong woman who will confront him in love when he is wrong. In fact, I would counsel any young woman contemplating marriage to a man who doesn’t encourage this to run far, far away! Any Christian man should want his wife to be confident... Continue Reading