Faith Church Baptisms - Summer 2012


"Courageous" Movie Review


I will admit it. We are a movie junkie household. Deanna, my youngest, loves to watch television. If I let her, she would play videos until the DVD player broke. Cindy, my wife, loves watching movies. My family loves movies so much that last Christmas I caved into the family pressure and we bought them a big screen HD television. It is not just our family that enjoys a good movie but movies and television are a big part of our culture. There is one big problem with all this entertainment on the big screen. It is hard to find something edifying to watch.
Many families settle by watching the least offensive media.

My friends, your search for a good movie is over. Last night I took my family to see “
Courageous,” the new movie by Alex and Stephen Kendrick. It was simply topnotch entertainment. Like a good movie should, it had us laughing, crying and on the edge of our seats all the way to the end. David, my high school sophomore, was surprised. He thought it would be boring. Instead, he loved it. It was filled with great action scenes, heroes and villains. He wants to get his friends together and bring them to see it tonight, less than 24 hours after seeing it the first time.

The Kendrick brothers are not just using film to entertain but, as solid Christians, the film has great spiritual value. To begin with, the gospel is clearly presented in a relevant way. Beyond the gospel, the film repeatedly applies the Bible to life. Such as how to overcome the loss of a child and how do I maintain my integrity when the pressure is pulling me to fall.

Beyond the cinematic and spiritual excellence, another aspect of the film I appreciated was its multi-cultural emphasis. The heroes of the film are White, Black and Hispanic. They come from the middle-class and the poor. This was a wise choice by the Kendrick brothers. A “white-boy” only film is not realistic to modern America and, I believe, it commits the sin of partiality and would minimize the films audience.

The main thrust of the film is a challenge for men to be the spiritual leaders of their homes and churches. It gives all men a serious, but necessary, kick-in-the-seat-of-the-pants from the first scene until the last. It was well done. Men won’t be offended but they will be challenged to excellence.

From my study of spiritual revivals, they always begin when men repenting of their sin and begin taking spiritual responsibility for their homes and churches. "Courageous," is a wakeup call for the men of our culture to take responsibility for the leadership in these areas.

One big element in the movie is the resolution the men make before God, their families and one another. It is a resolution for the men to be the spiritual leaders God created them to be. I wish they gave you a copy of the resolution when they walked out of the movie. Unfortunately, they didn’t. It isn’t even found on the official “Courageous” movie web site.

I did a little research and found it for you. Men, print the
PDF version off and think through it. Get together with some friends and adopt it.

I do solemnly resolve before God to take full responsibility for myself, my wife, and my children.

  • I WILL love them, protect them, serve them, and teach them the Word of God as the spiritual leader of my home.
  • I WILL be faithful to my wife, to love and honor her, and be willing to lay down my life for her as Jesus Christ did for me.
  • I WILL bless my children and teach them to love God with all of their hearts, all of their minds, and all of their strength.
  • I WILL train them to honor authority and live responsibly.
  • I WILL confront evil, pursue justice, and love mercy.
  • I WILL pray for others and treat them with kindness, respect, and compassion.
  • I WILL work diligently to provide for the needs of my family.
  • I WILL forgive those who have wronged me and reconcile with those I have wronged.
  • I WILL learn from my mistakes, repent of my sins, and walk with integrity as a man answerable to God.
  • I WILL seek to honor God, be faithful to His church, obey His Word, and do His will.
  • I WILL courageously work with the strength God provides to fulfill this resolution for the rest of my life and for His glory.

As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord. – Joshua 24:15

There are many excellent ways to take a next step from the movie as God calls you to respond. The
Courageous Movie Web Site has numerous resources. If you are into reading, Randy Alcorn wrote a book from the movie. I am confident it will be an excellent read.

Courageous is a “Must See” movie. I recommend it for families and children of all ages. If you are a teenager that thinks you are too cool for a Christian film, think again. This movie is one you not only will like, but one you must see.


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Books to Give for Christmas - 2010

Are you struggling to find that perfect gift? Why not give a book? Some of the books I recommend are:

If God is Good by Randy Alcorn - This book wrestles with the problem of evil and suffering. It is filled with good stories and illustrations. If you have a friend in a difficult season of life, this book will do them spiritual good.

Vintage Jesus by Mark Driscoll - Mark is the pastor of Mars Hill church in Seattle, Washington. One of the hallmarks of their church is a focus on Christ. With a refreshing mixture of comedy and theology, Mark explains the greatness of Christ is a way everyone can understand.

Heaven by Randy Alcorn - While this is one of the longest and most intellectual books on heaven you will find, it is engaging and easy to read. If a loved one has recently died or if you want to whet your appetite for what lies beyond the grave for those with Jesus, enjoy this great read.

Money, Possessions and Eternity by Randy Alcorn - I recommended this book last year but it is good enough to make my list again. Without doubt, this is one of the best books on the subject of money and Christ. You will be challenged and encouraged on how to use your resources for eternity.


Get a Plan to Read the Bible

Do you have a plan to read the Bible? God's Word is powerful and will change your life. Here are a few reading plans to get started:

My all-time favorite Bible reading plan is
The Daily Bible. This is the NIV text put into chronological order so it reads like a story. It is broken into 365 sections, one for each day. It also has brief comments in the text to help explain difficult Scripture. I encourage you to order this from Amazon. You will be richly blessed.


Motivated by Greatness - Ben Peterson

Ben Peterson forwarded me an article he wrote for Thanksgiving. I found it inspiring for our family and read it to my sons to encourage them in wrestling and life. Read More...

Is God Sovereign Over Death?

This past weekend, I preached on God’s sovereignty in the face of death and tragedy. While it is hard to comprehend how God is good, yet sovereign over the tragic deaths of those we love, the Bible tells us both are true. To help us in our thinking, below is a section of a paper I wrote in response to Open Theism, the belief that God lacks sovereignty over all situations.


New Logos Web Services

I am a fan of Logos Bible Software for much of my Bible study. Logos has just announced new sites to help implement its master plan. I encourage you to check them out! shows a content-specific search interface for scanned books from a seminary library. (We plan to link Logos Bible Software 4 to this site in the future.) shows how community-created content can be shared with new users on the Internet and (through a section in the Passage Guide) inside Logos Bible Software. is an alternate interface to most of the content in your digital library that is easy to use over the web. For some users it may be all they need for simple Bible reading; for others it’s a way to check a book when they aren’t at their own computer. exposes the Logos Controlled Vocabulary to everyone, and lets users contribute web links and share reading lists that will automatically show up in Logos 4. lets our community of users search and edit a growing database of information on the Christian world (particularly seminaries, at this point). This database provides a platform for connecting users by school, organization, denomination, and area of interest. offers the power of Logos Bible Software to other web sites, enabling mashups and creative ideas we never imagined.

Marriage - Hold It High, Keep It Holy

Resources to help in the battle for sexual purity

Practical Steps for Purity and Counting the Cost of Sexual Sin.

Purity for Men The Purity Principle: God's Safeguards for Life's Dangerous Trails (LifeChange Books) (9781590521953): Randy Alcorn: Books Sex Is Not the Problem (Lust Is): Sexual Purity in a Lust-Saturated World (9781590525197): Joshua Harris: Books

Purity for Women And the Bride Wore White: Seven Secrets to Sexual Purity: Dannah Gresh: Books And the Bride Wore White Leader's Guide: Seven Secrets to Sexual Purity (9780802483416): Dannah Gresh: Books


What do you want for Christmas?

Welcome to the Christmas season! Has anyone asked you what you want for Christmas? If you are like me, you shrug your shoulders because nothing comes to mind that you need?

I have a suggestion for a few good gifts, books! The Christmas season is a great time to build your Bible study library. Here are some of my favorites with Amazon web links.