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Watch 11 real church sermons that used sci-fi to preach salvation

Watch 11 real church sermons that used sci-fi to preach salvation | Geeks in the Pew.com | Scoop.it

As Christmas approaches, many geeks, religious or not, may find themselves at church wishing that instead they were at the theater enjoying a matinee showing of The Adventures of Tintin or home downloading a pirated version of the Doctor Who Christmas special. But it doesn't have to be that way.

 

Throughout the world, religious leaders have been coming out of the geek closet and findings ways to integrate sci-fi into their sermons. If your pastor's speeches are a bit...

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3-D Bible Stories

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George Lucas is rereleasing The Phantom Menace in 3-D next February. The Nerdwebs have been full of people throwing vitriol at Lucas for what they think is an obvious money grab. They’re also angry because Lucas is releasing Episode I, instead of any of the original trilogies first.

 

I’m not that upset and I’m actually looking forward to seeing The Phantom Menace in 3-D. The podracing scene alone will be worth the price of admission.

 

Lucas rereleasing his story in 3-D, though, got me thinking about which Bible stories I would like to see in 3-D.

 

The story of Elijah on Mount Carmel is one of my favorites. I really like when Elijah begins mocking the prophets of Baal. Sometimes I feel like I can be too sarcastic, but really I’m just embodying one of...

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Missing Steve Jobs

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It sometimes takes me awhile to process things. The other day I was sitting and thinking about the iPhone 5 and wondering what Jobs was going to say at the next key note speech. I had to realize that someone else was going to do the key note and present to the world what Apple Computers was going to be doing next. I'm not particularly an apple fan, but I realize the way the technology and design has changed things. I did look forward to his key notes and all the energy he put behind his project. It was his baby, and you could tell every time he was on that stage. Something I was surprised to see was this quote by Jobs...

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The Force of Comfort–part 3

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While in the Bad Lands, every so often, my mind would come back to previous two posts on Luke Skywalker and the Heidelberg Catechism. I know, I’m weird. I’m taking an old document and comparing it to the Catechism (can you hear the rim shot? Just me? Never mind). The Heidelberg Catechism was written in the later part of the 1500′s in a German province called, ready for this, Heidelberg. Yeah. Original name huh? But it was written to instruct the youth in what the church believed.

 

Honestly, it was a time of spiritual unrest. The newly formed protestants were striking out in some ways, trying to show who they were, to create their identity (okay, bad play on the opening crawl of A New Hope) Since 1517, all of Europe was trying to figure out who they were. The Church was changing. And the Rebel Alliance…I mean the Reformed Church, was trying to tell people what they believed and why it was important. Hence the Catechism. (Catechism by the way just means a teaching method, nothing else. It’s from some Latin word).

 

One of the things I find interesting with Luke Skywalker is the change he...

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The Force of Comfort–part 2

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Over the weekend, I was pondering what was written in The Force of Comfort. I felt that I left it, well, a bit hanging. Part of it is that there’s so much to write and so little room in the blog to really do so. I mean, I want to go in depth, but at the same time, am I going to loose you in doing so? Yeah. Not sure if I want to find out the hard way.

 

But seriously, part of the reason why I started this blog was to look at physical, emotional and spiritual health. And as I’ve been thinking of Luke, boy is that boy screwed up in many ways. He was an orphan never really knowing his dad nor did his Uncle Owen even want to talk about him. And then he looses his aunt and uncle to Storm Troopers. Talk about survivors’ guilt. If he hadn’t...

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The Force of Comfort

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I’ve always thought that Lucas’ idea of midichlorians in the bloodstream to explain the Force was always a cop out. It was a bad attempt to explain something mystical. Very bad. But now it’s part of it all. I’ve always wondered if a Jedi had a blood transfusion with a non-Jedi if the recipients midichlorian count go up or not. But that’s not what this Spiritual Sci-Fi Friday is all about.

 

In A New Hope (spoiler alert) Ben Kenobi became the mentor martyr to save Luke and the rest. He was dead. Yet, in the final battle, Luke hears Ben’s voice coming to him loud and clear. In The Empire Strikes Back, Obi Wan is all blue and sparkly. At the end of Return of the Jedi, Obi Wan, Yoda and Anikan (first the older guy then Hayden Christiansen) were all blue and sparkly. The Force allowed them to come back. The midichlorians were strong in them and held them together.

 

In many ways, this gave us all hope and comfort. They weren’t...

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Take your pic

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I’ll be honest, it’s been tough. I’m having a hard time relaxing. I used to relax, refresh, renew and recharge by hitting the gym. I’d blast the music in my ears and the world would disappear as I did my squats, bench press and curls. I’d focus on the movements of my traps, my lats and my triceps. I’d focus on my stance and on my technique.

 

Nothing else existed outside of that room. Nothing. I set up my heavy bag in the back yard and later in the garage on a stand. I’d go at it. Just me and the bag. Nothing else. Just me and the bag. And the world disappeared. I was able to find that moment where I could just exist and refresh, renew and recharge for the day and be ready for battle…er, work.

 

But over the last two months, this hasn’t happened. I’m going stir crazy to tell the truth...

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What would Jesus hack?

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Cybertheology: Just how much does Christian doctrine have in common with the open-source software movement?

 

“THE kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these,” Jesus said of little children. But computer hackers might give the kids some competition, according to Antonio Spadaro, an Italian Jesuit priest. In an article published earlier this year in La Civiltà Cattolica, a fortnightly magazine backed by the Vatican, entitled “Hacker ethics and Christian vision”, he did not merely praise hackers, but held up their approach to life as in some ways divine. Mr Spadaro argued that hacking is a form of participation in God’s work of creation. (He uses the word hacking in its traditional, noble sense within computing circles, to refer to building or tinkering with code, rather than breaking into websites. Such nefarious activities are instead known as “malicious hacking” or “cracking”.)

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Why church is great; even when your DATA

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In Star Trek: The Next Generation the character DATA can do just about anything. He figures out all the things the humans scratch their heads at. He's super fast, super smart, super strong and super efficient. He only lacks one thing: emotional capacity.

 

DATA, although given an emotion chip, chooses to live without it. He chooses to make his best friend Jordy LaForge, instead of the ships computer. He chooses to learn from the flawed humans he works with and does not understand. In essence he chooses to fellowship with others who aren't like him and who never will be. How does this bring us to the church?

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Can a Geek Be a Christian?

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Hey, I am a Computer geek and a Christian. If I'm a Christian am I still considered a geek and vice versa?
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Apple's philanthropy needs a reboot

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"While Apple's design identity aligns with our lifestyles, its charitable identity -- or egregious lack thereof -- disappoints us. It's time for Apple to start innovating in philanthropy with the same ingenuity, rigor and public bravado that it has brought to its every other venture."

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The Gospel According to Gollum

I’m a HUGE fan of Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy. I’ve watched them so many times that my kids have been known to beg me not to watch them again. Their cries of desperation fall on deaf ears, I’m sorry to say. But what’s not to like? There has never been a collection of movies with so many quotable lines. Take, for example, one of my favorite Gollumisms: “Once it takes hold of us it never lets go.” He was, of course, lamenting the power held over him by the Great Ring. I love this scene, because we get to see that not only is Gollum a wretched villain, but he is also a tormented victim.

 

It is times like this in the story when you feel sorry for Gollum and wish there were a way to save him.

I recently was reading Psalm 107, which made me think of Gollum, because it reads like the dialogue from Lord of the Rings...

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Captian Kirk’s Lawsuit

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I’ve always wondered why Captain James T Kirk was never slapped with a sexual harassment lawsuit. You’d think that the United Federation of Planets would have rules against fraternizing with subordinates let alone with xenogenics. And yet he did. He did repeatedly. And it was even joked about by the higher level officers. Yet no one brought it to the Federation as a complaint.

 

Some might make excuses such as: Well the show was set in the ’60′s. Well, even in the ’60′s there was a shout for women’s rights. Some might say “Well, have you seen how some of these women dress, I mean, c’mon. And some of the planets encouraged this behavior. And anyways, you wouldn’t have had the first biracial kiss on TV if he wasn’t like that.”

 

But since the, things have gotten pretty bad if I do say so myself. I love sci-fi, I really do. But there are times where I’m thinking...

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What If Darth Vader Was Your Youth Pastor?

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The majority of my 30 years has revolved around youth ministry. Since I was 12 I have been involved in youth ministry as a student, an intern, a volunteer and now a youth pastor. I love youth ministry and I am blessed to work with students on a regular basis.

 

I couldn’t help but think, though, that my experience of youth ministry would be different had it involved a dark lord of the Sith. What if Darth Vader was your youth pastor?

 

Discipline wouldn’t be a problem if Darth Vader was your youth pastor. Youth ministry is filled with stories of...

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Get Used to Disappointment

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Inigo Montoya: Who are you?
Man in Black: No one of consequence.
Inigo Montoya: I must know…
Man in Black: Get used to disappointment.
Inigo Montoya: ‘kay.

 

When I was growing my family had two movies on VHS: Return of the Jedi and The Princess Bride, in which the above dialogue is found. My sister and I would alternate between watching the two movies so I have them both memorized.

 

The above exchange between Inigo Montoya and the Man in Black is one of my favorites. The Man in Black is shrouded in secrecy and matches Inigo skill for skill in their fencing duel. Inigo’s insistence to know the Man in Black’s identity is met with...

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Shake The Dust Off

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Even though Jesus tells his followers to go and make disciples of all nations, the passage above concedes that not everyone will want to become a disciple. One such person responded to me yesterday on Twitter.

 

In reference to my post yesterday I tweeted, “Since Jim and Pam had sex before marriage, should Christians stop watching The Office?” The question was tongue-in-cheek and intended to entice people to read the post...

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Dune - The Sleeper Must Awaken

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In Dune Leto Atreides is talking to his son Paul about what it means to be a ruler. He told Paul the there comes a time in every mans life in which the "sleeper must awaken". It's a point where a person says, "I will cast off playing like a child and stand for what is right". A point in which you take up responsibility for your actions and move to the call that God has placed in your heart. Leto was preparing Paul for his time of rule; knowing that he would probably not be present long.

 

In a way, this is exactly what Christ did for us. He knew His time here was coming to a close and with His life and death; provided everything we needed. Even after His ascension He provided us with...

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The sins (I mean geekiness) of the father

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In the Bible it says that the sins of the father will be passed down to the third and fourth generation. From a psychological/family systems point of view, what this is saying is that the bad habits of the parents are passed down to the child. In many ways, one of the goals in life is to break the cycle of that negative behavior.

 

Yeah, way too heady for me right now so I’m not going much into it. One things for sure though, my son’s been picking up on my geekatude. He’s heavily into Transformers now. He loves Star Wars, he even knows what a Sarlaac pit is. Yeah, he’s cool like that. He is getting his identity from me. He is learning from me what it means to be a man. And I so don’t want to fail him on that...

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Nerdy Soundtracks

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Music is a gift from God.

 

It’s difficult to imagine a world without music; without the singing of birds, the songs of whales or even those kids on Glee. Music isn’t solely reserved for nature and glorified karaoke, though, nerds have their piece of the melodic pie.

 

One of the first CDs I ever bought was a very nerdy Weird Al Yankovic album. My musical tastes have evolved and thankfully there is better nerdy music today than just parodies. Some of the best nerd music comes in the form of soundtracks. Below are a couple of the best...

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The Geek in the Pew

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Did you know there are geeks in the pews? Being a Christian is hard enough (yes, I know we’re saved by grace not by works, but still, it can be hard) and then put on top of it that you’re a geek? Dude.
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Any gamers in the house?

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I'm 33 and I love video games. Call me what you will, but I'm a gamer at heart. Halo 2, Battlefield 2. Throw in some Viva Pinata, some Sims from time to time, and RTS'.

So anybody else here like to kick back and bask in the AC with a controller in your hand and tv in front of you?

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The church for gamer geeks

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Oh goodie. I was already super excited for PAX - my cosplay outfit is done and my Pokemon team is all ready - but now I have a new thing to look forward to. What could possibly top three days of the largest video game conference in the US?

 

Church!

 

GameChurch.com has a booth at PAX. The site hosts game reviews from a Christian perspective, a "Strategy Guide for Life," and a geekified version of the Bible titled "Jesus, For The Win!" From the introduction (yes, I couldn't not download it):


"But wait! How can you be a Christian and kill zombies, cast spells and shoot someone?!? Isn't that hypocritical!?!? I get that question from Churches and also from people that don't want anything to do with Christians. It's unfortunate that it's even a topic. We're ALL hypocrites. Every last human. Video games are not the problem. The problem is that we have complicated the message that Jesus brought to us. And yes, I do believe He would be leveling up with me in World of Warcraft."

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