No Grace for Michael Corleone

July 8, 2021 // 39 Comments

I recently watched all the Godfather movies again. I started with Godfather 2, because it’s the best, then I watched Godfather 1, because it’s even better then best. Then I had a long break where I debated the merits of watching Godfather 3 and then I watched it, because hey, it’s still the Godfather. [...]

What Makes a Great Christian Movie?

May 27, 2020 // 75 Comments

I recently turned 50, and to mark the occasion I ranked my all time top 50 movies. Every guy has a list of his favorite five or ten movies. I wanted to go all the way to 50 baby! It turned out to be a worthy challenge because there are so many great movies. In the end, I listed 100 movies (my top 50 + 50 [...]

Agent Romanoff and the Furious Love of God

May 23, 2019 // 23 Comments

  One of the greatest mistakes we can make, is we undervalue the love of Almighty God. We put his wild, reckless love in a box of undersized belief and we bury it under a temple of tradition. God’s love is this. God’s love is that. We think we have it all figured out. Except we don’t. We have not even [...]

The Gospel in Avengers: Endgame?

May 7, 2019 // 4 Comments

I love the gospel and I enjoy watching movies. I love it when movies hint at the gospel, and there were some big hints in the latest Marvel film. Did you notice? SPOILER WARNING: In a free article I’ve posted on Patreon, I talk about the Avengers: Endgame movie. If you haven’t seen the movie and you want [...]

Tomorrowland and the City of God

June 25, 2015 // 23 Comments

The gospel of grace is the happy gospel of the happy God who loves you like a beloved son or daughter. This good news comes from a book that begins gloriously and ends better. Preachers used to say of the Bible, “I’ve read the end and Jesus wins!” Those who love God ought to be the most optimistic people on [...]

The X-Men Gospel

June 15, 2014 // 20 Comments

In all literature, there may be only five or six truly Great Stories but these few stories are told again and again, a thousand different ways. I was reminded of this while watching X-Men: Days of Future Past. (Warning: spoilers ahead!) On the surface, this is a film about saving the future by altering the past. [...]

12 ways Superman is NOT like Jesus

June 21, 2013 // 53 Comments

Another Superman movie has just opened. I’ll probably go see it. I like Superman. What’s not to like? He’s a cool guy. But what puzzles me is how some churches are using Superman to promote Jesus. I kid you not. I read in the paper this morning that the new Man of Steel movie sold a gazillion tickets on [...]

The Way

May 4, 2012 // 13 Comments

Lord, may this stone, a symbol of my efforts on the pilgrimage that I lay at the foot of the cross of the Saviour, one day weigh the balance in favor of my good deeds when the deeds of my life are judged. Let it be so. Last night Camilla and I finally got to see the Martin Sheen movie, The Way. I had been wanting [...]