Heaven is for Real

With the movie Heaven is for Real coming out this week, I’ve gotten questions on whether I think this book and movie is worth seeing and reading and if it is true. This is the best thing I’ve found on it.

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Communicating the Gospel to Your Kids Through Movies

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I love movies. As a family, it is the same. Every week, we have family movie night. The child who had their daddy date that week gets to pick family movie night. This past week, we watched The Rise of the Guardians. 

If you haven’t seen the movie, here’s a quick synopsis:

When the evil spirit Pitch launches an assault on Earth, the Immortal Guardians team up to protect the innocence of children all around the world.

One of the ways that we’ve learned to communicate the gospel to our kids is through cultural pieces like movies and stories. Every movie and story mirrors the story of God.

In the rise of the guardians, the character pitch was thrown out of the guardians. He came back to take over, to fight them. Pitch, played the character of Satan and evil. At one point, the character of Sandman was killed. At the end of the movie, Sandman rose from the dead, and defeated Pitch when it looked hopeless for the other guardians. Sandman, in that way, was similar to Jesus.

After watching the movie, over dinner we asked our kids and talked through:

  • Who was Pitch like?
  • Why was Pitch evil?
  • What was Pitch trying to do to the kids in the movie?
  • How does Satan tempt us to sin?
  • Who was Sandman like?
  • Did Jesus rise from the dead?
  • Because Jesus rose from the dead, what does that mean for us?
  • Can we conquer sin and death the way they did in the movie?

Communicating the gospel to your kids through movies and stories takes time and practice, but it isn’t as hard as you think. Every single kids movie from Pixar to anything else has this storyline. Just look and then talk about it with your kids. A great way to apply Deuteronomy 6.

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12 Favorite Movies of 2012

I love movies. And because it’s the end of 2012 and I’ve been sharing my lists of favorites in 2012 (you can read my favorite books, albums, honorable mentions on albums and top posts), I thought I’d share my favorite movies of the past year (most of the information in the quotes are from wikipedia). There are 13, because I couldn’t narrow it down to 12.

13. There Be Dragons

I can’t believe this movie isn’t more popular. It was stirring movie. There Be Dragons is a 2011 English-language historical epic film written and directed by Roland Joffé. It is a drama set during the Spanish Civil War which features themes such as betrayal, love and hatred, forgiveness, friendship, and finding meaning in everyday life. The film was released on 6 May 2011. It includes the story of soldiers, a journalist, his father, and a real life priest, Josemaría Escrivá, later canonized as a recent Roman Catholic saint, the founder ofOpus Dei.

12. Anonymous

Anonymous was absolutely fascinating, such a great movie. It imagines what would’ve happened if Shakespeare did not write his own plays, but was in fact simply using the works of a ghost writer who wanted to not be known. It is a 2011 political thriller and pseudo-historical drama film. Directed by Roland Emmerich and written by John Orloff, the movie is a fictionalized version of the life of Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford, an Elizabethan courtier, playwright, poet and patron of the arts. It stars Rhys Ifans as de Vere andVanessa Redgrave as Queen Elizabeth I.

11. Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy is a 2011 Anglo-French espionage film based on the 1974 novel Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy by John le Carré. Set in London in the early 1970s, the story follows the hunt for a Soviet double agent at the top of the British secret service.

10. The Amazing Spider-Man

I was skeptical about this movie, feeling like we already saw the story, but was impressed with it. 

9. The Bourne Legacy

The Bourne Legacy is a 2012 American action thriller film directed by Tony Gilroy. In The Bourne Legacy, Aaron Cross, a member of a black ops program whose agents are genetically enhanced, goes on the run once Bourne’s actions lead to the public exposure of Operations Treadstone and Blackbriar.

8. Wanderlust

This was one of the funniest movies I’ve seen in a long time.

7. The Descendants

George Clooney plays a man with 2 daughters, who owns a lot of land in Hawaii that his family wants him to sell and profit from and his wife is in a coma and while in a coma, he finds out that his wife was having an affair. A moving film.

6. Warrior

MMA, a great soundtrack, what else do you need to know?

One more thing? Katie was skeptical and didn’t want to see it. I watched it while she was out one night and she came home and there was an hour left in the film. She watched for a second, sat down and finished it.

5. The Hunger Games

The story takes place in a dystopian post-apocalyptic future in the nation of Panem, where boys and girls between the ages of 12 and 18 must participate in the Hunger Games, a televised annual event in which the “tributes” are required to fight to the death until there is one remaining victor. The protagonist, Katniss Everdeen (Lawrence), volunteers to take her younger sister’s place in the games. Joined by her district’s male tribute Peeta Mellark (Hutcherson), Katniss travels to the Capitol to train for the Hunger Games under the guidance of former victor Haymitch Abernathy (Harrelson).

4. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

This film was sad, raw and moving. It will make you cry and move you all at once. A nine-year-old amateur inventor, Francophile, and pacifist searches New York City for the lock that matches a mysterious key left behind by his father, who died in the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.

3. The Dark Knight Rises

Such a great way to finish this franchise of films. Eight years on, a new terrorist leader, Bane, overwhelms Gotham’s finest, and the Dark Knight resurfaces to protect a city that has branded him an enemy.

2. The Avengers

Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, Hulk, Black Widow, Hawkeye, and Loki. You should’ve seen this by now.

1. Lincoln

If you haven’t seen this yet, you are missing out on the best film of the year. Simply incredible.