23 Years/23 Movies

Every once in a while, I’m going to do an episode on the podcast called a “Time Capsule”. In my first installment, I went back to every year since I started youth ministry and picked a favorite movie (I know deeply spiritual and very practical to youth ministry).

’96Happy Gilmore
’97Good Will Hunting
’98Saving Private Ryan (hon. Truman Show)
’01Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Rings
’02Two Towers (hon. Catch Me if You Can)
’03Return of the King (hon. Elf)
’04Napolean Dynamite
’05Batman Begins
’06 Facing the Giants… (kidding) Blood Diamond
’07Bourne Ultimatum (hon. Juno)
’08Slumdog Millionaire
’10The Social Network and Toy Story 3
’12The Hunger Games
’1312 Years of Slave
’14Captain America Winter Soldier
’15Star Wars: Force Awakens (hon. Inside Out, The Martian, Mad Max
Fury Road… such a good year!)
’17Get Out
’18Black Panther
’19 Captain Marvel


  1. Lord of the Rings Trilogy (2001-03) It’s a cheat, but I count them all together.
  2. Saving Private Ryan (1998) I did not enjoy this movie, but man it moved and impacted me.
  3. Black Panther (2018) Imagine taking your 9 year old Ugandan born son to see this amazing movie (his first superhero movie in a theater), and I think you’d understand why it ranks so high
  4. Slumdog Millionaire (2008) So creative. So unique. India has always captured my heart.
  5. Happy Gilmore (1996) Come at me! I don’t care. The movie cracks me up and I quote it so often!

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