Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. (Philippians 4:8)
Here are a couple thought-provoking, PG-13 movies to consider for date night.
Words on Bathroom Walls: A sympathetic, and fairly realistic, portrayal of a teen with schizophrenia. The step-father and the priest were similarly realistic and sympathetic. We enjoyed this movie. Two caveats: (1) the timeline of disease was severely condensed, I assume for dramatic purposes. It takes years to exhaust medical options and receive a diagnosis of treatment-resistant schizophrenia, not months. (2) the priest, although sympathetic, did not offer the full gospel.
Mud with Matthew McConaughey. A lament for broken families, and a tribute to the power of friendship. Sometimes funny, sometimes mysterious, sometimes sad.
I’m Your Woman. A leisurely-paced crime drama, set in the 1970s, involving a mob wife and a baby. Gripping, and also sad.
Great Interviews with Great People:
Ryan T. Anderson: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/federalist-radio-hour/id983782306?i=1000510538662 (author of banned book “When Harry Became Sally”)
Dr. Samuel Gregg: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/federalist-radio-hour/id983782306?i=1000511353646 (discussion of free markets and family-friendly government policy)
Allan C. Carlson: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/canon-calls/id1468028842?i=1000510290884 (premier authority on family-friendly government policy)
Sye Ten Bruggencate: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/canon-calls/id1468028842?i=1000505765156 (presuppositional apologetics)
Jeremiah Roberts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/aliens-bethel-and-the-weird-jeremiah-roberts/id1468028842?i=1000508297492 (New Age influences; I am also reading his book The Second Coming of the New Age, which is a good apologetics resource).
Simonetta Carr defends common response to fall of Christian leaders (such as Ravi Zacharias): https://www.reformation21.org/blog/there-but-for-the-grace-of-god-go-i
Why Christ’s ascension is an important (but neglected) event: https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/reviews/ascension-patrick-schreiner/
Carl Trueman on transgender issues in the church: https://www.firstthings.com/web-exclusives/2021/03/a-new-pastoral-problem
Peter Leithart pushes back against COVID lockdowns: https://fb.watch/42hz7DaTji/
The church is bigger than the current generation. I wish our churches still had attached graveyards. Perhaps more families could afford burial rather than cremation: https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/communion-dead-saints-hebrews-12/
As an attorney, I appreciate the reminder that we are not just “thinking things” – by James K.A. Smith: https://www.christiancentury.org/article/how-my-mind-has-changed/i-m-philosopher-we-can-t-think-our-way-out-mess
Excellent discussion of a tricky passage: https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/head-coverings-1-corinthians-11/
Excellent, long-form article on Scripture and slavery. https://www.desiringgod.org/articles/slavery-old-and-new
Helpful structural guide to the book of Acts: https://www.knowableword.com/2021/02/26/acts-the-worlds-salvation-cannot-be-stopped/
FOR MORE INFORMATION…
For my books, see: I Will Meditate on Your Precepts (Psalm 119) and The Passion of Job.
For my articles, see: The Federalist, The Gospel Coalition, and Servants of Grace.
Finally, if you like fantasy, please support my son, author Zeppy Cheng at his Amazon page. He has a new book coming out (at some point!) with Dingbat Publishing, which is very exciting.