I wanted to share the following recommendation with you. The recommendation is from Pastor David Michael, who is someone whose views we greatly value. It relates to a new movie that will be opening in theatres this Friday, Sept 30. I would encourage everyone to attend.
Dear Bethlehem Brothers!
This is a historical moment! Even though there have certainly been other movies worthy of my humble recommendation this is the first time in my 25 years of pastoral ministry at Bethlehem that I have ever publically recommended a movie and encouraged our congregation to go see it.
The movie is entitled Courageous which has been produced by Sherwood Pictures, makers of Flywheel, Facing the Giants, and Fireproof. I am directing this communication to the men of Bethlehem because the film raises a biblical standard for manhood and fathering in particular.
After attending a preview showing of the film, John Piper made the comment that there are “sermons” and there are “movies”―Courageous is a “sermon-movie” and for that genre it is exceptionally well done.
Here are comments from two other pastors who viewed the film
1. "The Spirit of God moved my heart as I viewed Courageous. The end result was a gospel resolve to gladly give myself more fully to loving my wife like Christ loves the church and raising my children in the fear and instruction of the Lord and his gospel. Please go and experience this movie!”
2. "I watched Courageous with my wife and was thoroughly engaged. I like action, and I like reflection, and I like affection--explosive moments, wrack your brain moments, and break your heart moments. Rarely do movies combine them all. For me this one captured me. Does the movie preach? Well, it sure has a point. But about the time you think you might get preached at, a bullet may cut through your car door. I would willingly take anyone to see this film, assuming they can handle suspense. And I think the conversations afterward would not be superficial.”
The movie will be released to local theaters next Friday, September 30th. Because box office sales on opening weekend are what communicate marketability of a film the producers of this movie are encouraging us to view the movie in local theaters on opening weekend.