• Reel Life Journeys

    There are love lessons to learn amidst the laughter

    In each Reel Life Journeys column, I try to illustrate a moral theme or Christian teaching with examples from films and family life. I often use examples from science fiction and fantasy films, as I really enjoy the complexity and symbolism found in The Lord of the Rings, Superman, Back to the Future, etc. Lately, however, I have enjoyed a genre of film that some may label as pure fantasy—romantic comedies. Granted, some of the plot devices are rather far-fetched. Would you really fly from Baltimore to Seattle to meet an insomniac with a nice radio voice? But these are very entertaining films that touch on fundamental human needs—to love…

  • Reel Life Journeys

    Love unconditionally & know God’s unconditional love

    According to my dictionary, a routine is a set of “commonplace tasks as must be done regularly or at specified intervals.” In this sense, routines can be good, helping us to organize our time and accomplish tasks in a timely manner. The dictionary also states that a routine is “unvarying, unimaginative, a rote procedure.” In this sense, routines can be bad, especially to relationships. In a marriage, a bad routine can move individuals to disengage from their spouse and fill their days with mindless, heartless actions. In the film Fireproof, destructive routines have crept into the marriage of Catherine and Caleb Holt. Catherine (Erin Bethea) is the PR director of…