Thursday’s Thoughts

Posted: April 25, 2013 by Josh Kwasny in Thursday's Thoughts
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Some thoughts and questions for this week’s new releases…


Pain and Gain –  “A trio of bodybuilders in Florida get caught up in an extortion ring and a kidnapping scheme that goes terribly wrong” (

1. Great…another film to make me feel physically inferior.  My loss…Tony Horton’s gain.  Alternate title = Robin Hood: Big Guns Edition.

2. Seriously though, check out the tagline. “Their American Dream is Bigger than Yours.”  How does this strike you?  Yes, I know it is a comedy.

3. Daniel Lugo’s (Mark Wahlberg) definition of the “American Dream” = “If your willing to do the work, you can have anything.”  How does this jive with biblical truth?

MV5BMTcwODUwMjg2Ml5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwMTc2NzkxOA@@._V1_SX214_The Big Wedding – “A long-divorced couple fakes being married as their family unites for a wedding” (

1. Nothing says family…like faking it. Unfortunately, this is often too true.

2. In some situations laughing can be a good alternate to tears.  When is it good to laugh at broken marriages and dysfunctional families?  How should we deal with these realities?

3. Some advice from the trailer…Don (Robert De Niro) says, “Piece of wedding advice kid?  Stay single as long as you can.”  Obviously Don has issues.  What would you say to Don?

4. What Scripture passages inform a biblical view of marriage and family?


Mud“Two teenage boys encounter a fugitive and form a pact to help him evade the bounty hunters on his trail and to reunite him with his true love” (

1. The opening line from the trailer, “There are things you can get away with in this world and there are things you can’t.”  Well, maybe for a while, “for nothing is covered that will not be revealed, or hidden that will not be known” (Matt. 10:26 – see also Mark 4:22 and Luke 8:17)

2. This film looks to be one that will ask questions relating to situational ethics.  Would you help a man who is running from the law?  Why or why not?

3. Is it ever morally right to lie?  If so, when?

4. What wouldn’t you do to protect someone you love?


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