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
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