Star Wars and the Ancient Religion

The appearance of a new episode of the Star Wars film series is an important moment for Christian witness

I believe there are good reasons for viewing this film. We can certainly respect its artistic and entertainment value. Galactic battle scenes and human drama are entertaining. But also, by seeing this movie, Christians can sharpen their understanding of both contemporary culture and their appreciation of the Christian faith, allowing them to see in antithetical... Continue Reading

Review: Logic on Fire: The Life and Legacy of Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones (DVD Documentary)

The set comes with three DVDs, the primary one consisting of the 1:40 long film looking at the life (but primarily the preaching ministry) of Lloyd-Jones.

After viewing the film, I was motivated to climb back into the pulpit this coming Lord’s Day and preach the power of the Gospel afresh with the aid and help of the same Holy Spirit that filled the Doctor. If this film does anything, it helps to safeguard the power of preaching for another generation, especially in... Continue Reading

The Gospel According to Willy Wonka

The story is an allegory for the gospel itself

Where Wonka’s gospel fails is that it is rooted in moralism. Charlie is acceptable because he is too poor to be spoiled, too hungry to let his stomach guide him, too weak to be obsessed over chewing gum and too impoverished to watch television all day. I know from my research on the story that... Continue Reading

Peanuts Movie: Good Grief…Plus Fun…in 3D!

It's a wild ride as the beloved comic strip characters hit the big screen in 3D in this delightful family entertainment.

Why is Peanuts so popular?  It’s simple, lovable characters portray dilemmas, emotions and dreams most of us have experienced…or want to…or hope we never will.  Who hasn’t felt uncertain or insecure about love, friendship, or personal shortcomings?  We all know bossy know-it-alls (Lucy), loyal companions (Snoopy), “A-Dork-Able” nerds (Marcie), and soft-spoken sages (Linus).  We see... Continue Reading

Purpose-Driven Film

'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