Can Superhero Movies Speak to Christians? Part I

<VIDEO: The Bat Pastor reviews Batman v. Superman>


Can Superhero movies speak to a Christian’s mission in the Kingdom of God? As we prepare for the release of the new Wonder Woman movie this week and the Justice League movie later this year, The Bat Pastor thought this would be a good time to revisit the review he did for Batman V. Superman: The Dawn of Justice.


In this video, the Bat Pastor takes a Biblical look at the popular movie. He discusses the true theme of the movie and how you can find the real Dawn of Justice! (c/f Galatians 6:9, Psalm 37:5-6) (more…)

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13 Reasons Why and Discussing Teen Suicide

<AUDIO: Addressing Teen Suicide in the Media Podcast>

As the pastor who oversees Celebrate Recovery and the Landing at my church, I was recently asked to join a podcast discussion about teen suicide and its portrayal in the controversial Netflix series, “Thirteen Reasons Why.”  I was later asked to join His Radio for an on-air broadcast and video playback discussion of the program as well. In both cases, we talked about the content of the program but wanted to equip parents to have a larger conversation about teen suicide. (more…)

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Review: A Million Miles in a Thousand Years

Donald Miller is best known for his memoir, Blue Like Jazz, but his life seemed to stall after the book was published. In an attempt to bring his memoir to the big screen, Miller learned the elements of storytelling and how to apply those concepts to his own life. This adventure of self-evaluation is chronicled in his book, A Million Miles in a Thousand Years: How I learned to Live a Better Story.


The result of his struggle is a unique look at our own lives through Miller’s desire to write a better story in his. There’s also an element of Miller wrestling with God throughout the book. Though the spiritual themes are subtle and secondary to the plot, he does not shy away from the role faith has played in his journey.


“Somehow we realize that great stories are told in conflict, but we are unwilling to embrace the potential greatness of the story we are actually in. We think God is unjust, rather than a master storyteller.” (Chapter 6, page 31)


For those who are writers or are interested filmmaking, this book will make you look at storytelling with a new perspective. It not only explains the elements of fiction writing in a unique way but allows us to look at our own life with those same principles. Understanding your own story can bring sincerity and authenticity to your writing. More importantly, evaluating your own story will bring meaning and purpose to your life.


To be clear, this is not The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren (nor is it trying to be). The book’s main goal is not spiritual formation. It is not a book overtly designed to teach discipleship or faith. Though there are certainly references to scripture and faith, this book’s lessons about God are more subtle than that. It does, however, beg us to look at the story of our lives. How can the principles of storytelling lead us to pursue a more purposeful life?

A Million Miles in a Thousand Years is an excellent book filled with wit, humor, and self-discovery. It makes you laugh out loud before punching you in the gut with truth when you turn the page.



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Joshua J. Masters is a pastor, author (American Psalms), and speaker. He has been featured on CBN, HIS Radio, and the Light Radio Network.  As a member of the Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA), Josh has also worked both in front of and behind the camera in the film industry.  He lives with his wife, Gina, and their dog, Franklin, in South Carolina where Josh serves as a care pastor.



© 2018 Joshua J. Masters and Kingdom Knight Productions. All rights Reserved.

© 2018 Joshua J. Masters & Kingdom Knight Productions. All rights Reserved.