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.
I get asked by parents a lot how to make media choices with and for their kids. What shows should they watch, what music should they listen to. Here are some helpful questions for parents to ask taken from Give them Grace.
- Does this media outlet have any redeeming value to it? In other words, is there any way that we can use it to illustrate the one good story? Are the great themes of the gospel apparent (even though it may not be a “Christian” production)?
- Are our children unduly influenced by this movie or program? Do they mimic inappropriate words or phrases after spending time interacting with it?
- Are our children able to articulate what is lacking in this video or song? Do they see how it is contrary to the gospel? Are they able to tell you where they see the one good story in it?
- What is your child’s attitude when he’s denied access to this program? Has it become an idol in his heart, a god that promises him happiness?
- Is there any way that you can demonstrate a willingness to compromise with your child over this song? For instance, instead of saying no to an entire album, perhaps you could find a couple of songs on it that would be acceptable.
- Are you being ruled by fear of what might happen if your child watches or listens to this program or album? Or, are you able to think clearly about the influence the entertainment may or may not have over your child?
Here’s the scene from Akeelah and the Bee we showed during my sermon today.
- Here are some quotes from Steven Furtick’s 24 hours of preaching he did to release his book Sun Stand Still. Some great stuff about faith.
- Why gluttony is a sin. Great insights on what gluttony is and what the gospel has to say about it.
- Debt and giving. Great thoughts on what to do about it.
- Dustin Neeley on Learning how to use the family dashboard. How to gauge your family’s stress, pressure, relational, spiritual and other important information.
- Ron Edmondson on 10 random things to know about pastors. This right on and I found myself nodding as I read each one.
- Charles Stone on 8-point checklist for body care for leaders. Great stuff.
- This movie loos really interesting and I’ve heard great things about it:
It has a powerhouse group behind it with Matt Damon, Clint Eastwood and Morgan Freeman. Really hard to mess a movie up with that line up.
This quite possibly was the best example of leadership ever in a film. It follows the rise of Nelson Mandela to president and how he transitioned South Africa. What was incredible was how Nelson Mandela led by example of reconciliation and forgiveness. It is hard to argue with example.
He really was what Jim Collins calls a “Level 5 Leader.” It is definitely a movie that every leader should see.
Great story. Great music. Really inspiring and entertaining.
Definitely worth seeing.
- The first Clash of the Titans trailer. I love movies like this.
- John Piper on When you don’t want to do what you ought to do.
- Is your church’s vision too small? I hope this can never be said of Revolution.
- Two Interviews with Matt Chander: Church planting, preaching and leadership & Celebrity, diversity & burnout.
- Download a free chapter from Mark Batterson’s new book Primal. This book is going to be awesome, waiting for my copy, any day now.
- Respecting doubts: An interview with Tim Keller. There is so much in here, so many great points.
- Kevin DeYoung on Be yourself when you preach.