christian

Jesus Asked for Help, So Why Don’t We?

Jesus Asked for Help, So Why Don’t We?

By Jonathan Decker, Clinical Director, LMFT Believers and nonbelievers tend to agree that the story of Jesus Christ inspires people to lighten the burdens of others. One of his most influential teachings is that the “greatest among you shall be your servant” (Matthew 23:11). Practicing what he preached, Jesus reached out to the poor, the needy, and the sick. With tenderness and compassion he perfo ...[Read More]

once i was a beehive

ONCE I WAS A BEEHIVE Family Movie Review

By Jonathan Decker (Family therapist, film critic) WHAT'S ONCE I WAS A BEEHIVE ABOUT? Still mourning her father's death, a teenager from a Protestant family gets roped into attending a Mormon summer camp.  IS IT ANY GOOD? (GRADE: B+) Faith-based comedies often fall terribly flat. Wholesome doesn't always equal funny, and good intentions don't necessarily lead to polished screenplays (or performanc ...[Read More]

lord save us from your followers

LORD, SAVE US FROM YOUR FOLLOWERS Family Movie Review

By Jonathan Decker (Family therapist, film critic) The clever title is accompanied by a clever film. Director (and star) Dan Merchant’s fair and thoughtful look at America’s “culture wars” is Exhibit A for the case that documentaries can be as moving, funny, and entertaining (if not more so) than mainstream films. (Buy or rent it here). Merchant, a Christian himself, sets out to examine the damage ...[Read More]

fireproof

FIREPROOF Family Movie Review

By Jonathan Decker (Family therapist, film critic) WHAT'S FIREPROOF ABOUT? A firefighter with a failing marriage takes a challenge from his father to follow Christ and make changes to save his union. Rent or buy it here.  IS IT ANY GOOD? (GRADE: A-) Another solid outing from Sherwood Pictures, the Christian production company behind Facing the Giants and Courageous. Fireproof is a wonderful examin ...[Read More]

CHRONICLES OF NARNIA- PRINCE CASPIAN Family Movie Review

CHRONICLES OF NARNIA- PRINCE CASPIAN Family Movie Review

By Jonathan Decker (Family therapist, film critic) Rent or buy Prince Caspian here.  While I enjoyed the first film's story more (it was so clearly an allegory for The Atonement, The Resurrection, the Battle of Armageddon, and the Millennium), this one is better made, better written, and better acted. Plus, it has a healthy share of Christian symbolism itself, some rocking battle sequences (how th ...[Read More]