I’ve been on a roll watching movies this week, trying to study them, learn from them, grow from them. Today I watched A Man Called Peter, a title that I was very familiar with but never had much interest in. It’s about Peter Marshall as a young preacher at the New York Avenue Presbyterian Church in Washington D.C. Catherine Marshall is one of my favorite authors, and I should have known that any movie based on one of her books would have to be great.
On Saturday I’m signed up for a writing seminar about how to integrate our faith in our film stories. I’m so glad I watched this movie before attending the seminar, because I feel that this movie does the best job of any I’ve seen at presenting a well told story with a Christian worldview in an artistic manner. Nothing about this movie is second rate. The writing, the acting, the production. There’s nothing to separate it from any other popular 50’s movie. And yet, it’s about a preacher and it includes multiple sermons. I was excited to read that those sermons were actual excerpts from Dr. Marshall’s sermons. No wonder he was such a popular preacher. His sermons were so inspiring.
I loved the beautiful love story of Catherine and Peter Marshall. Such a sweet romance! I loved the way the move showed the struggles that Peter faced with the older church members. My favorite scene, though, that caught me totally by surprise was the prayer that Peter prayed as the chaplain of the US Senate. The contrast between then and now really hit me and made me incredibly sad at the current state of affairs.