InterChurch News 

'Communicating to the necessities of the saints.' -Romans 12:13 (ASV)

 Vol. VIII #7 | April 1 - 14, 2020 

 Book, Music & Film Directory 

 

 'I will not forget your word.' -Psalm 119:16 

 SoCal Events  

In 'Tell Your Children,' (top, L) Alex Berenson 'cites powerful new evidence that marijuana can be deeply harmful to mental health ... scientists now agree cannabis use can lead to psychosis -- mental breaks that sometimes produce terrifying violence.' 

Photo (L): It is still good to note a year after it's release, one thing mattered in 'The Mueller Report' and that is:

'... the investigation did not establish that members of the Trump Campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in its election interference activities' (Vol I, pgs. 2, 5, 9).

 ' Tend my sheep.' -John 21:16 

  Sermons to Live By  

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       Book, Music & Film       


'Get wisdom, get insight ...' -Proverbs 4:5

.Not Necessarily New - but Notable

-A work-in-progress, a history of sorts. Titles not hyperlinked are usually available in Christianbook.com.

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Christian-Interest Books / Documents (alpha author). For additional books, seeBooks to 'Kick Against the Oppression.'

Autobiography, Biography, Memoirs 

  • 'Just As I Am -- The Autobiography of Billy Graham,' by Graham, Billy (© 1997). The world's greatest evangelist tells his story to the millions who heard -- and will hear -- the gospel of Jesus Christ; '... he has shown the world our best self' -Los Angeles Times
  • 'No Compromise -- The Life Story of Keith Green,' by Green, Melody and Hazard, Dave (© 1989 The Sparrow Corporation). An inspiring account of one of Contempory Christian Music's greatest songwriter-musicians.
  • 'The Gulag Archipelago: An Experiment in Literary Investigation,' by Solzhenitsyn, Aleksandr (© 1973). 'Men have forgotten God; that's why all this has happened.' Heard from elder townsmen, this lament was motivation for Solzhenitsyn to record Leninist-based Soviet oppression in this account of the forced labor camp system he was a prisoner of.
  • 'Night,' Weisel, Elie (© 1958). A translation edited by his wife Weisel, Marion (© 2006). A Jewish eyewitness account of Nazi Germany. If you were limited to read one record of events -- outside of the Bible -- this should be the one. 

Christian Life 

  • 'Spiritual Care,' by Bonhoeffer, Dietrich (© 1985 by Fortress Press). Written for seminary students, applications for every Christian.
  • 'God Will Make A Way -- What to Do When You Don't Know What to Do,' by Cloud, Henry and Townsend, Dr. John (© 2002). This book shows how to apply eight principles to key areas of life and 'see His supernatural power at work more clearly.' 
  • 'Raising Your Children for Christ,' Murray, Andrew (Whitaker House edition © 1984, previously titled 'How to Bring Your Children to Christ.').
  • 'Are Women Human?,' -Sayers, Dorothy L. (© 1971, Eerdman's Publishing); Witty talks to a women's society circa 1938; Sayers was one of the Inklings, the literay group including C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien and Charles Williams. 
  • 'The Case for Miracles -- A Journalist Investigates Evidence for the Supernatural,' Strobel, Lee (© 2018). 
  • 'Church of Cowards -- A Wake-Up Call to Complacent Christians,' Walsh, Matt ((© 2020). An observation of the American Christian culture vs. the suffering church worldwide, from the lens of a Catholic believer. 

Cultural (Missionary, Persecution, Political)

  • 'Tell Your Children -- The Truth About Marijuana, Mental Illness and Violence,' by Berenson, Alex (© 2019). A former New York Times reporter, Berenson '... warns that the media and cannabis advocates have deeply mislead Americans about the drug's safety.'
  • 'Changed - # OnceGay Stories,' by Changed Movement (© 2018). Rejected as evidence by the Calif. Democratic legislature, this book prints testimonies of those who have come out of homosexuality via faith-based counseling, books, social media and church. 
  • 'Legally Poisoned -- How the Law Puts Us at Risk from Toxicants,' by Craner, Carl G. (© 2011, Harvard U. Press); Chapters include 'Nowhere to Hide,' 'Reckless Nation: How Existing Laws Fail to Protect Children' and 'What Kind of World Do We Want to Create?'
  • 'Dark Agenda -- The War to Destroy Christian America,' by Horowitz, David (© 2018). The intolerant Leftist strategy to destroy Judeo-Christian values and tradition is researched by the former '60s American revolutionist -- now conservative activist ('Radical Son,' 'Destructive Generation -- Second Thoughts About the '60s').
  • 'DOJ Inspector General's Report on the Russian Investigation,' by Horowitz, Michael (published 2019); PDF file. Excerpt: 'Our review found that the FBI personnel fell far short of the requirement in FBI policy that they ensure that all factual statements in a FISA application are 'scrupulously accurate' (pg VIII).
  • 'The Health Hazards of Homosexuality -- What the Medical and Psychological Research Reveals,' by Mass Resistance (© 2017). 'An excellent go-to reference for those seeking accurate, truthful information.' -Paul A. Church, M.D. (See also: Reviews & Interviews).
  • 'The Mueller Report,' by Mueller, Robert (published by Washington Post (© 2019).; PDF file. Excerpts: #1. '... the investigation did not establish that members of the Trump Campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in its election interference activities' (Vol. I, pgs 2, 5, 9). #2. '... the investigation did not identify that any U.S. persons conspired or coordinated with the IRA [Internet Research Agency, i.e. Russian elections interference/social media campaign] ...' (Vol. I, pgs 4, 14). #3. '... this report does not conclude that the President committed a crime ...'  (Vol. II, pg 2). #4. Massive scope of investigation (Vol. I, pg 13). 
  • 'Demon Possession and Allied Themes,' by Nevins, John L. (©1896). A go-to book for reliable documented demon possession accounts eyewitnessed by missionaries in China during the late 1800's.
  • 'The Persecution and Genocide of Christians in the Middle East -- Prevention, Prohibition & Prosecution,' edited by Rychlak, Ronald J., Adolphe, Jane F. (© 2017). Collection of 12 essays; a primer for Christians, students of human rights, and all concerned about religious persecution.
  • 'On Faith -- Lessons from an American Believer,' Scalia, Antonin; Edited by Scalia, C.J. and Whelan, E. (© 2019). A collection of the late U.S. Supreme Court justice's defense for religion in the public square; includes a chapter on 'the false allure of socialism.'

Education

  • 'Christian Higher Education -- Faith, Teaching and Learning in the Evangelical Tradition,' edited by Dockery, David and Morgan, Christopher (© 2018).
  • 'Standing Up To Goliath -- Battling State and National Teacher's Unions for the Heart and Soul of Our Kids and Country,' by Freidrichs, Rebecca (© 2018). A former Calif. teacher takes on teacher's unions that she argues use union fees and dues primarily for political agendas. 
  • 'The Corrupt Classroom -- Bias, Indoctrination, Violence, and Social Engineering Show Why America Needs School Choice,' by Izumi, Lance (© 2017). Exposes America's public school takeover by Leftists. 

Theology-apologetics-Philosophy

  • 'Ethics,' Bonhoeffer, Dietrich (© 1949, 1955, Touchstone edition © 1995). Christians do not 'live in a vacuum,' German pastor Bonhoeffer writes, but in a world of government, politics, labor and marriage. Pro-life on the abortion issue; executed by Nazis in 1945. 
  • 'A Practical Exposition of the 10 Commandments,' Durham, James (new edition © 2018). A resurrected classic.
  • 'Isaiah 40-55: Concordia Commentary,' Lessing, Dr. Reed. A continuation in the study of Isaiah's condemnation of humanity's sin, prophesy of the coming messiah who atones for that sin.' 
  • 'Pensees,' -Pascal, Blaise. 'Pascal is one of those writers who will be and who must be studied afresh by men in every generation.' -T.S. Elliot
  • 'Calvary Chapel Distinctives -- The Foundational Principles of the Calvary Chapel Movement,' by Chuck Smith (© 2000 by The Word for Today Publishers). '... it's crucial for us to grasp what we call the Calvary Chapel Distinctives ... what makes our fellowship unique.'

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Christian-themed Music & Music Videos (alpha artist):

  • 'Reckless Love' -Asbury, Cory, official lyric (104,736,515 YouTube views since Jan. 2018).
  • 'So Will I (100 Billion X)' -Cook, Amanda, live (5,662,889 YouTube views since Aug. 2017).
  • 'In Christ Alone' -Daigle, Lauren, acoustic version (11,934,688 YouTube views since 2014).
  • 'Trouble No More' -Dylan, Bob, 'The Bootleg Series Vol. 13, 1979-1981' (2017). 'LA Times' review.
  • 'When You Gonna Wake Up?' -Dylan, Bob; live, July 9, 1980.
  • 'Do It Again' -Elevation Worship, live (19,094,355 YouTube views). 
  • 'Tell Your Heart to Beat Again' -Gokey, Danny (47,038,507 YouTube views since July 2015). 
  • 'El Shaddai' & 'Thy Word' -Grant, Amy w/Michael W. Smith, live (1,710,351 YouTube views; pbl. July 2010).
  • 'Oh, Lord You're Beautiful' -Green, Keith, live (2,777,471 YouTube views since Jan. 2009).
  • 'So You Wanna Go Back To Egypt' -Green, Keith (© 1979). 
  • 'Oceans (Where Feet May Fail)' -Hillsong United (2,763,673 YouTube views).
  • 'What a Beautiful Name' -Hillsong Worship, live (317,888,226 YouTube views since Sept. 2016).
  • 'Spirit Lead Me' -Ketterer, Michael & Influence Music (6,537,268 YouTube views since Nov. 2018).
  • 'Hymn's Triumphant -- The Complete Collection,' -London Philharmonic Orchestra & Choir, Amen Choir; over 40 of history's favorite hymns including: 'Immortable, Invisible,' 'Holy,Holy, Holy,' 'Eternal Father, Strong to Save,' and 'The First Noel.'
  • 'I'm Listening' -McClarney, Chris (347,000 YouTube views since June 2018); from the album 'Breakthrough.'
  • 'Awesome God' -Mullins, Rich w/lyrics (3,366,749 views YouTube views since Oct. 2009).
  • 'Ready for the Storm' -Mullins, Rich.
  • 'Sometimes By Step' -Mullins, Rich;1991.
  • 'God's Not Dead' -Newsboys (89,682,631 YouTube views since Jan. 2012); © 2012 Newsboys.
  • 'By My Spirit' -Phillips, Leslie w/Matthew Ward; from 'Recollection,' 1987.
  • 'Strength of My Life' -Phillips, Leslie w/Russ Taff; from 'Dancing With Danger,' 1984. 
  • 'Our God' -Tomlin, Chris (37,442,009 YouTube views since Oct. 2013), official live version.

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Christian-Interest Films (Ed. note: We hope for the day when Hollywood will return to producing general audience films with children (or adults) not cursing in their roles, or containing sexually explicit or nude scenes -- if only parents would boycott 'Hollywood' on Sundays to clean up their otherwise entertaining and inspiring films. We applaud the 'Star Wars,' (pre-Disney) series, 'The Lord of the Rings,' and 'The Chronicles of Narnia,' and most films pre-1967 as free of coarse language and nudity. By that standard, we consider the following suggestions appropriate for children and family viewing -- unless otherwise noted.

'O man of God, flee these things. Pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, steadfastness, gentleness. Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called ...' -1 Timothy 6:11-12).

Note: Not all films listed are Christian-themed, but sourcing the truth on select topics is indeed, a godly exercise.

Non-fictional (alpha title):

  • '9/11: Explosive Evidence -- Experts Speak Out (2012).  Reputable American Architects & Engineers make a compelling --  and unsettling -- case based on forensic evidence, film and eyewitness accounts the three WTC towers fell to 'controlled demolition' -- not by office fires as the 9/11 Commission concluded. For example: 'How do two airplanes bring down three towers?' 
  • 'A Man For All Seasons' (1966), G. The uncompromising faith of Sir Thomas More ('Utopia') in the era of King Henry VIII.
  • 'A Smile As Big As The Moon' (2019), PG. Hallmark true story a special-ed teacher gets his classs to NASA space camp.
  • 'Beyond the Blackboard' (2011), PG. Hallmark true story of first year teacher who teaches homeless children.
  • 'The Case for Christ' (2017), NR. The conversion testimony of Chicago Tribune reporter Lee Strobel. .
  • 'Chariots of Fire' (1981), PG. Study of contrasting motivations to win track gold medals in the 1924 Olympics. 
  • 'The Elephant Man' (1980), PG. Based on life of Joseph 'John' Merrick: orphaned, deformed, beaten -- yet kind, forgiving, Christian.
  • 'Evelyn' (2002), PG. True, inspiring story of divorced dad who fights in courts to get his children back from mandated boarding school.
  • 'Gosnell -- The Trial of America's Biggest Serial Killer' (2018), PG-13. Fact-based trial of abortionist; caution viewing with children.
  • 'I Can Only Imagine' (2018), PG. Fact-based biography of Christian songwriter Mercy Me's Bart Millard.
  • 'Joni' (1980). Fact-based biography of Joni Erickson-Tada: CEO, artist, author, speaker, wife and Christian in spite of quadriplegia.
  • 'Mully' (2017), NR. The true and inspiring story of Charles Mully, orphaned in Kenya and through acts of kindness, repentance and a faith in Christ lead him to become an American millionaire who returns to his homeland to help orphans. 
  • 'No Safe Spaces' (2019), PG-13. Documentary: shocking evidence of America shutting down 'free [conservative] speech.'
  • 'C. H. Spurgeon: The People's Preacher' (2010). In 1861 -- without a mic -- Spurgeon was preaching to 6000 people on Sunday.
  • 'The Winslow Boy' (1948, 1999). A father risks all to clear his son and the family name in order 'that right be done.'

Fictonal (alpha title):

  • 'The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe' (2005), PG. Excellent movie version of a C.S. Lewis classic.
  • 'The Encounter' (2010). Clever faith-filled family drama about Jesus serving stranded cafe customers.
  • 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey' (2012), PG-13 (violence). Excellent movie version of J.R.R. Tolkien's classic hero adventure. 
  • 'Les Miserables' (1934, 1952, 1998). Screen adaptations of Victor Hugo's 1862 novel about a regenerated man's struggle with his accuser.