I kept waiting for it to happen – you know, the cheesy moment in “the Christian film,” where low-level talent gets your attention. Sometimes it’s in the writing department, with stale, predictable lines of dialog; and other times it’s just the acting performance that keeps you from believing the character in a certain role. Granted, there are a couple scenes in this movie that fall a little short, like one or two of the many male-bonding scenes in the firehouse between the support characters; and even the performance of the two main characters in the climactic scene at the end could have been shot a little better. However, overall Fireproof is a quality film here that never delivers the second-hand goods we were, unfortunately, expecting. Using fire-fighting as the backdrop, the struggle and challenge of nurturing (and sometimes saving) a marriage takes center stage here to good effect. Don’t expect an Oscar-worthy performance; but, in a world where indie films are treated with open minds, this one is good. The accompanying The Love Dare: Legacy Edition book (which started out as a simple prop/plot device in the movie) that B&H Publishing has made available in a cross-promotion with the DVD release is a substantial way to dig deeper into the film’s subject matter. More than a simple collectable item from the film, it’s actually an honorable way for this movie to make a lasting impact upon our culture. Not bad for the little film company that’s basically just the media outreach from Albany, GA’s Sherwood Church. [Sony Pictures Entertainment] Doug Van Pelt

Spiritual Relevancy: 100
Obscenities: 0
Scenes Of Gore: 0
Nudity/Sexuality: 0


Comrades 2020

Becoming Comrades

The trio of Comrades – husband and wife Joe and Laura McElroy alongside drummer John Gaskil – is used to living in a van and touring the country. Now, their new normal has provided them with a moment to "be adults" for once. We recently sat down with the McElroys to talk more about the spiritual reality within life, how soon they'll be able to release new music, and how koalas are their new normal.


Photo by Quinsey Sablan

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Forward Under a Dying Sun

Most of these days, the sun rises and sets on a world that feels like it's dying. Across the pond, where Employed to Serve calls home, they're learning how to support their latest record a year into its release. HM contributor Andrew Voigt recently sat down with Justine Jones to learn more about the band, marrying your bandmates, and their outside shot at touring with Rammstein.


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HM Magazine Turns 35

In 1985, Doug Van Pelt photocopied a letter-sized sheets of paper, bound them together, and handed them out in person on the campus of the University of Texas at Austin. It's all digital now, but, along the way, Van Pelt stirred up quite a few waves, played some seriously heavy music, and made a few friends along the way. Here: A quick look back at the magazine's 35-year history with Van Pelt and new owner, David Stagg.


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