Are You Prepared for the Man God has Planned for You?

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My wife made a hugely profound statement the other day.  We had just finished watching a wonderful movie titled, The Pursuit of Happyness.  In the movie Will Smith portrays Chris Gardner, a man who overcomes tremendous odds as a homeless, single father to achieve his goal of bettering his life by becoming a stock broker [Read More...]

Messy Morality from Disney’s Frozen

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A cuddly reindeer, a cute little snowman… and “no right, no wrong” morality. That’s the package our kids will receive if they see Disney’s fun new animated film, Frozen. As much as we’d love to feel free to let our kids loose to watch “family films” at their leisure, we might want to think twice [Read More...]

But Mom, It’s Clean

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“Mom, can I download this song?” How do you answer this question? Better yet, how do we teach our kids to make good media decisions with the movies, songs and TV shows they absorb? The key is in one word… [Read more...]

Men, superheroes and church

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For decades churches have had difficulty engaging young men. Not only are guys under 30 underrepresented in worship services, they’re also largely absent from men’s events. The usual men’s ministry lineup of Bible studies, pancake breakfasts and annual retreats seems to hold little appeal. So what does appeal to young men? Superheroes. Comic books, films [Read More...]

My 10 Favorite ‘Manly’ Actors

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Here’s a list of my favorite “manly” actors from today’s movies—there’s a whole different list from yesteryear.  Most of the young actors today don’t have the chops to compete with these guys in the acting or masculinity departments.  Interestingly, most of these guys are known conservatives (what a coincidence).  I intentionally left off Bobbie DeNiro [Read More...]

Boys Need Men

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Early in the movie, GoodFellas, Ray Liotta’s character is a teenage boy working for the neighborhood “wiseguys” or members of the Mafia.  When he is arrested for the first time he is greeted as a conquering hero by all the older “made” wiseguys after he walks out of the courtroom.  These powerful, rich men now [Read More...]

An R-rated Movie Your Teenagers Should See

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I’ve never been one of those parents who uses the PG, PG-13 or R rating as a benchmark for whether a movie is appropriate for my teenagers. Think about it. Would you really hesitate to show your 16-year-old the R-rated Saving Private Ryan? On the other hand… do you really want them watching another PG-13 [Read More...]

Chick Flicks I Like… but Won’t Admit Publicly

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Call me sentimental or even sappy, but I actually enjoy an occasional romance film. The key word here is occasional, probably because Hollywood offers plenty of attempts at love stories… unfortunately, most will just put guys to sleep. But for those of us who are married, we’ve learned that watching a “chick flick” with our [Read More...]


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