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Five Films about Faith Worth Watching

This might be the only list of films about faith that doesn't include any Kendrick Brothers movies. Don't get me wrong, they make some fantastic films and they even shared their popcorn with my wife and me at one of their premieres. But on this post, I'd like to highlight some obscure movies of faith that will move you.

1. A Man Called Peter

This 1955 film is based on the book written by the wife of Peter Marshall. Born and raised in Scotland, Peter Marshall received his calling into ministry following a near death experience. After seminary, he pastors a rural church in Covington, Georgia. His journey then takes him to a prestigious church in NYC and later preaching to Navy cadets in Annapolis, MD on the morning of December 7th, 1941. Throughout his ministry, he takes an unconventional approach to the gospel and high church and connects well with the youth of his day. He even serves as chaplain of the United States Congress before an untimely death. There is so much packed into this two hour feature. You will definitely be moved by this larger than life preacher.

2.  Faith Like Potatoes

This 2006 film is an interesting look at a South African potato farmer who against all odds plants a field of potatoes during a drought. After suffering a series of setbacks could this be the straw that breaks the camel's back? One of the highlights of the film centers around a massive prayer meeting at a large soccer stadium. But is that enough to bring the rain?

3. To End All Wars

This 2001 film starring Kiefer Sutherland is the true story of The Bridge on the River Kwai. Unlike the 1950's telling of the story, this film takes a realistic look into the agonizing suffering these POWs endured while being forced into slave labor at a Japanese camp. The gospel message is clearly woven into this true account where rebellion comes in the form of obedience to their captors. The gospel truth about loving your enemies confuses the Japanese guards. This film will challenge you to forgive those around you.

4. The Machine Gun Preacher

Sam Childers is the Machine Gun Preacher in this 2011 biopic. A former motorcycle gang member forsakes all to help orphaned children in Africa and as the title suggests -- with the aid of a machine gun against the local warlords. Throughout the film, I kept researching Sam Childers to see if this dude was actually real...he is.

5. Sophie Scholl: The Final Days (2005)

Sophie Scholl was a member of the non-violent resistance to the Nazi regime.  The White Rose distributed illegal anti-nazi propaganda to their fellow university students to win their minds and to expose the evils of the Third Reich.  It would cost her life by guillotine. This German film is a powerful reminder that...and I use the words of Sophie...

"How can we expect fate to let a righteous cause prevail when there is hardly anyone who will give himself up undividedly to a righteous cause?"

This film uses the actual transcripts of her trial in front of Nazi judges.


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