Get Smart: Admit You're Stupid

Growing up, I wanted to be Maxwell Smart. I watched Get Smart every evening on Nick at Night, and I dreamed of using the shoe-phone, attempting to communicate with Chief through the Cone of Silence, and walking through 17 steel doors to get to work every day.So, when I heard that a movie was in the works, and that the actor playing Maxwell Smart was comic genius Steve Carrell, I got pretty excited. As the film came closer, some of the hype started to wear off, as hype tends to do, and I was … [Read more...]

In "The Savages," Death is Savage

Have you ever had someone close to you die?  Have you ever had to care for a dying relative or friend?  Perhaps you have never been that close to death, but chances are you have encountered death or dying on some personal level such as attending a funeral.As a pastor I have the privilege of being involved with people's lives from cradle to grave.  I have experienced joy with new parents as I've baptised their babies and the sorrow of being with people who are sick and dying.  I am often offe … [Read more...]

Podcast #28: Christianity Today, Boundless, Sex, and the City

Click here to listen!Over the past few weeks, a discussion has been taking place in the Christian blogosphere. Here's how it went:Christianity Today published a review of Sex and the City. Christianity Today got lots of feedback. Christianity Today defended their review. Ted Slater of (a website of Focus on the Family) accuses Christianity Today of "Relishing Sexual Perversion." Everyone else picks a side.Other noteworthy links: Jeffery Overstreet posts a long defense of … [Read more...]

Motion Picture Messages

It’s easy to get caught up in the stimulation of the movies and forget that each film is saying something about the world we live in. It is a popular expression of our culture’s ideologies. As John M. Frame wisely writes, “It is simply false to claim that art has nothing to do with ‘messages.’ Indeed, we are living in a time in which the messages of art are becoming more and more explicit.”[1] Dr. Russ Moore, Vice President of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, writes the following about … [Read more...]

Podcast #27: I Am [Not Using That Stupid] Iron Man [Cliche]

Click here to listen! The hype has calmed down a bit for Iron Man, one of the most wildly successful movies of the summer so far, which makes this a perfect time to sit back and have an in-depth discussion about what many assume to be a morally neutral action film. Is it? Or is it something more? Listen as Ben and Rich discuss that, plus our top 5 Sci-Fi Elements.We love feedback. If you’d like to respond you can comment on the website, send an email to or best y … [Read more...]

Should We "Vote with Our Dollars"? Part 2

In the first part of this series, Alan Noble looked at what the phrase "vote with your dollars" means in church culture and what ideology it supports. In its common usage, the phrase seems to be used to support two main ideas: if we vote for Christian films, more Christian films will be made; and if we vote for films that include a Christian worldview, the Church will have a more prominent voice in the media. Part 1 of this series dealt with the former idea, and this concluding post will explore … [Read more...]

Should We "Vote with Our Dollars"? Part 1

When last month's Expelled was released, I was encouraged by several believers to see it in theaters in order to support "that kind of movie," to vote with my dollars. The last time I heard "vote with your dollars" regularly used in the Church was the release of The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe. When that film was in theaters I questioned whether it actually presented a Christian worldview, but my objections were disregarded by some who would counter by replying, "well, it may not be … [Read more...]

The Playfulness of Indiana Jones

When I first heard that Lucas and Spielberg were making a new Indiana Jones film, I wanted to track Lucas down and give him my $6.25 so I wouldn't have to watch another classic franchise become lost to bad dialog and not-really-believable digital effects. I left our local movie theater 20 minutes ago after seeing what I hope is the final Indy film, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skulls, and I am pleased to say that my fears were misplaced--sort of.My original worries did … [Read more...]

Podcast #26: Speaking of Narnia…

Click here to listen!After having seen the latest installment in the Narnia series, Ben and Rich have a round-up discussion about its merits as a movie, as an adaptation of the book and as a spiritual allegory. They also count down their top 5 Stories that Sparked Our Imagination! You don't want to miss it!We love feedback. If you’d like to respond you can comment on the website, send an email to or best yet you can leave a voice-mail at 206-888-2471. We would l … [Read more...]

Why Christian Critics Hated/Loved Prince Caspian

Reading all the reviews of Prince Caspian this weekend, especially the ones from fellow Christians, I began to wonder if my husband and I had seen the same movie that everybody else saw. I was particularly struck by the many reviews that argued that the movie had left out the book’s theme of faith versus skepticism. I’d thought the entire movie—even the battle scenes—illustrated the importance of faith in Aslan, albeit often through negative example. (Just to throw down a little street cred, I s … [Read more...]