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What Christ Followers Can Learn From Comics

Posted in Christian, Comics, Culture, DC, Devotion, Digital, Entertainment, Fantasy, Geek, Jesus Christ, Leadership, Life, Marvel, Movies, Nerd, Real Talk, Sci Fi, Superheroes, The Church, TV, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 21, 2014 by BigPhatPastor

My top 3 movies of all time are 7 Brides for 7 Brothers, The Matrix, with Ultra Violet, Aeon Flux, and the Bollywood hit movie Bride and Prejudice all in a tie for third place (don’t judge me if you haven’t seen them).  But the super hero movies fromBlack Logo4V Marvel Comics are definitely edging their way into my top 10.  The Avengers movie from 2012, which grossed close to 2
billion dollars worldwide, was probably my favorite and sits nicely as my fourth favorite.  I went to see it with my son and some friends who were also comic book fans.  My son and I were the only ones who were actually brought to tears (yes, real tears).  Mainly because we were watching comic book heroes we were fond of brought to life on the big screen…together.

Although many of the characters appeared in movies of their own prior to the Avengers movie, seeing them overcome their differences and issues to come together for a greater cause to fight a common enemy made the movie hit home.  Marvel did the same thing with the recent hit Guardians of the Galaxy.  As a comic book fan I had a passing idea of the comic book group on which the movie was based.  However, many people who did not know the group still loved the movie.  Why?  Well (no spoilers for those who have not yet seen it), in addition to the great comedic factor, and the extremely awesome soundtrack (which any fan or child of the 1980’s will love), the movie again focused on bringing people together.  Individuals who each had different ideas of how to achieve a common goal put their differences aside to overcome a common enemy.  This hasn’t escaped the notice of DC Comics who are planning on bringing several superheroes together in the upcoming Batman v Superman movie and the Justice League movie.  Somehow Hollywood has taken notice that unity is the key to success.

Hero2So for those who have not quite caught on to where this is going I will ask the obvious question…why hasn’t the Church taken notice?  Today, depending upon your definition of the word denomination, there are close to 400,000 different denominations that exist on the planet.  These span the three major world views: Theism which holds that there is a God over all who made all; Pantheism which holds that God is all and everyone and everything is a part of that all; and Atheism which holds that there is no God at all.  Within the Christian denominations most hold to a common belief system:  there is one God who manifests Himself as God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit;   that God the Father loved humanity so much that He sent God the Son to die for the sins of humanity in the place of humanity and then was resurrected; that evidence for this exists via God the Son sending God the Holy Spirit residing within all those who believe as the promised seal of God the Father.  Many denominations have different structures and ways of worshipping God.  But of the ones who hold the above in common, and who believe that the most important role of the Church, the body of Christ, is to reveal this truth to the world, the question still remains, why are they not coming together?

Isn’t there more strength in numbers? Yes.  Wouldn’t the Church be more effective at reaching people with this truth if they combined resources? Possibly.  Has coming together to achieve a common goal proven effective for more than just comic book heroes?  Most definitely!  No matter where one stands on same sex marriage it cannot be denied that the overwhelming accomplishment of 19 states approving same sex marriage has come about because those who are proponents of it have banded together, inside and outside of the church, putting their differences aside to achieve a common goal.  The same is true of the legalization of marijuana.  Proponents of the legal use of marijuana have banded together for a common goal and currently over 20 states have laws allowing either medical use of marijuana or use for recreational purposes.  I am not trying to be negative but if “potheads” can come together, surely the Spirit filled people of God can as well.

If the Church believes the message and truth of the gospel is a more important and more life changing message than that of same sex legislation or marijuana legalization then why aren’t they banding together?  Why aren’t larger congregations and smaller congregation sharing resources?  Why are disagreements over hymns and traditional music still being debated?  Why are there still predominantly white or black congregations in communities with diversity when we are all one in Christ? Why aren’t fundamentalists and charismatics acknowledging God’s Spirit exists in all true believers and coming together to share that good news?

Just recently, over 25,000 people came together for the three day Franklin Graham Three Rivers of Hope Festival in the city of Pittsburgh. 3 Rivers2  Hundreds of churches came together for a common goal and thousands upon thousands of people put their faith and trust in Jesus Christ.  How would our congregations benefit if instead of bringing congregations together every few decades when a member of the Graham family came to town, we brought them together every few months?  What would it say to our communities if they consistently and regularly saw various denominations coming together to worship Jesus Christ?  How much more would the message of true transformation be heard by those in our circles of influence if the focus of all of our congregations was on inviting people into our lives and into God’s kingdom instead of just into our buildings on Sunday mornings?

As Stan Lee, comic book icon, is quoted as saying, “With great power must also come…greater responsibility,”  Since the Church, the body of Christ is filled with the greatest power known to exist on the planet, the Spirit of the Living God, we BigPhatChecklisthave a greater responsibility to come together to see God’s purposes fulfilled through His Church.   Plan a meeting with your pastor, ministry team, and then with other local pastors and/or their ministry teams within your community to see how you can start coming together to plan a community worship celebration, a praise in the park event, a community Thanksgiving celebration or to meet a community need. #wearethechurch

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3, 2, 1…

Posted in Apps, Bible, Christian, Culture, Digital, Entertainment, Fun, Global, Life, Music, Real Talk, Social Media, TV, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on March 14, 2013 by BigPhatPastor

This has been a busy week but I thought I would share some musings and things that I use from day to day and week to week in a post called 3,2,1.  So here are…

3 2 1

 3 Apps

Pocket: Holds anything and everything, links, videos, etc…Whatever you come across but don’t have time to look at, just put it in your pocket  and retrieve across all devices.

Flipboard: This is a great reader app that lets you put all of your news feeds or social media updates in one place.  As indicated, you can just flip through everything in one spot without having to change to different apps, news feeds, or social media streams.

Lookout: Whether you have a high dollar or bottom dollar smartphone chances are you don’t want to lose it or pay for another one.  Lookout is a great app which not only helps secure your smartphone, it also has features which can help identify where the device is if lost or stolen.  It has additional features that can be provided at a cost, but the free features are more than enough to validate its use.

 2 TV Shows

Shark Tank: Reality TV done well, yes it’s about money but it is also about the creativity and ingenuity of the human spirit…and a great place to preview new gadgets #justsayin

The Bible: The History Chanel’s presentation by Roma Downey and Mark Burnett has sparked a lot of conversation for people of all faiths.  The series highlights some of the more captivating events in the Bible and culminates with the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.  Although it is only a miniseries it is definitely worth watching.

 1 Worship Song

Overcome by Desperation Band: The lyrics are encouraging and spiritually inspiring whilst revealing the entirety of the gospel  and reiterating what Jesus Christ accomplished on the cross.

More What If…

Posted in Christian, Community, Culture, Digital, Entertainment, Fun, God, Life, Sci Fi with tags , , , , , on August 30, 2011 by BigPhatPastor

These are more of those What If type of questions that just pop into my head from time to time (and yes, I know they probably pop into yours as well).  As I read more and more (mostly comic books and not at all ashamed) and watch our culture become more and more engrossed in TV I am noticing and picking up on more of the catch phrases that are defining our culture.  You know, like years ago Arnold had a hit with “I’ll be bach” (spelled how it sounds).  He later tried to recreate it with “hasta la vista baby” which didn’t do so well.  Being a pastor I kind of wonder how would God respond to some of these catch phrases?

Gordon Ramsey: Shut it down!      

God: I will, soon.

 

Paris Hilton: That’s Hot!

God: You have no idea.

 

The Borg: Resistance is futile!

God: Ditto!

 

Regis Philbin: Is that your final answer?

God: Yep, I’ve given you a lifeline.

 

Reality TV Show Competitions: You are safe!

God: Guess again!

 

Tony Stark: I am Iron Man

God: Yea, but you’re no Batman!

 

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