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

No Grey Area

There is nothing gray about whether a follower of Christ should see 50 Shades of Grey. This is a black and white issue. Don’t go.

Christians shouldn’t try to “redeem” 50 Shades of Grey. We should not get cutesy and advertize a new sermon series on “50 Shades of Grace.” We should not give both art and holiness a bad name by thinking that somehow something as dark as 50 Shades is worth viewing or worth reviewing. According to Paul’s... Continue Reading

Why It Matters That the Exodus Really Happened

No less than Western law, the civil rights movement, and Christianity itself rest on the historicity of the biblical event.

Does it matter whether or not the Exodus of Moses actually took place? In a recent screed inNewsweek, Kurt Eichenwald mocked the historicity of the Bible, questioning whether or not it was even possible to understand Scripture’s meaning at all. Rebuttals to the piece appeared immediately and forcefully. I, for one, noted the irony that... Continue Reading

‘Selma’: American History, Raw And Honest

I leave movies more discouraged and sure that our world will never truly change. But Selma is different. I left this movie hopeful.

Selma is much more than Black history. It is American history. It is our history. Within all of us we understand the fight and struggle for change in order to make a better life for those who will come after us—even if that means that we won’t live to see that change. Selma is not a movie for... Continue Reading

The KKK, Selma, and Southern Christianity

Maybe the evangelicalism of the 1940s - 60s did not understand the Gospel as clearly as many believe

“I am struck with the absence of Southern evangelical resistance to the Klan. Rev. Lance Lewis, an African American Presbyterian minister asked, “How is that you simply allow the demonic use of the cross in this way while at the same time telling your children that the cross is our most precious symbol of God’s... Continue Reading

Here’s The Faith In The ‘American Sniper’ You Won’t See In The Film

Chris Kyle, often described as the most lethal sniper in U.S. military history, wrote in his autobiography that he prioritized his life in the following order: God, country, family.

As a Navy SEAL, Kyle reportedly recorded 160 kill shots during his four tours in Iraq. His story drew national attention after the release of his 2012 autobiography “American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History,” which enjoyed a 37-week run on The New York Times’ best-seller list. The Clint Eastwood-directed biopic starring Bradley... Continue Reading

The Geek’s Guide to Being One-Sided

A response to two naturalists ridiculing Christians for believing the Exodus is historical

In the latest episode of The Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy (a podcast that I normally enjoy because I’m a geek) two “experts” in the Bible (Robert Price and Richard Carrier) joined David Barr Kirtley to discuss the new Ridley Scott film Exodus: Gods and Kings. I was interested in what these “experts” (one of... Continue Reading

When Hollywood Celebrated Christmas and Marriage

We’re no longer celebrating marriage as we once did. Hollywood certainly isn’t.

What strikes me about these and other films from Hollywood’s Golden Age are two things: First, Hollywood once made lots and lots of major films with major stars celebrating Christmas. Second, in each case, no matter how different the plot, there was always a common end-goal: marriage. From the outset, marriage is the assumed, unquestioned... Continue Reading

My Husband’s Not Gay

The “backlash” against this television program is a bald display of intolerance.

Why are gay activists outraged by this? Shouldn’t people have the freedom to pursue the dictates of their own consciences? Why must they be shamed and marginalized until they submit to the norms of the gay rights movement? Must every person experiencing same-sex attraction act on those attractions or be shamed? Surely this is not... Continue Reading