81. Eclectic Bullet #2

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Andy brings another eclectic bullet episode that touches on public prayer with mixed religious adherents and how Christians should respond when put such a situation, the Women’s March, the March for Life, the messages of the movie Boyhood, and the reality of La La Land.

First Topic: Trump’s Inauguration – Praying with Adherents of Other Religions in Public

Second Topic: The Women’s March Compared to the March for Life in the Media

Third Topic: Boyhood – A Very Real Depiction of How Broken Families Impact Children and the Need we all have for God’s Design for Marriage and Family

Fourth Topic: La La Land – Being a Shooting Star without God is Meaningless, Hopeless, and Unfulfilling

39. Star Wars

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Star Wars
The Force Awakens this Friday, December 18th.  Star Wars will likely dominate many families’ Christmas gatherings.  With this in mind, Andy sought advice from Robert Mrosko, head pastor at Brookfield Lutheran Church, who has been a Star Wars fan since seeing Episode 4 in 1977 when he was six years old.

Pastor Rob shares why he thinks the Star Wars franchise has been so popular before sharing ways that the series connects with Biblical themes that Christians can use in conversations to share the Gospel.

Pastor Rob also addresses two approaches Christians often times take when approaching secular films like Star Wars: approaching it just as entertainment with no discernment or avoiding it all together due to certain elements that oppose Scriptural truths.

Andy also asks if the Star Wars series has a Christ-like figure and who the hero actually is since it appears that the Dark Side has a popularity in toy and clothing marketing and products.

Finally, Pastor Rob gives some pastoral advice for Christians to consider when entering into this new trilogy.

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John Williams Conducts Star Wars Theme Video

Pastor Rob, dressed as a Storm Trooper for Star Trip – Our Faith Awakens.

Star Trip

Reconnect Episode 4: Jesus vs. Zeus

Avengers meme that confuses God and god.  There is a difference.
Avengers meme that confuses God and god. There is a difference.

Jay Clair has been a very active member on my Contradict – They Can’t All Be True Facebook page.  

I discovered that he had a blog called Blue Eyed Shy Guy.  The blog stood out to me because I am a fan of Mario 2 for the NES, and to my knowledge it was the only Mario game that featured the Shy Guy characters.  Jay explains the name of his blog at the start of the podcast.  For this show we discuss one of his blog posts that really stood out to me: “What is Meant by God?”.

The blog post originated as a reply to an Avengers meme that his brother sent him.  Many people compare belief in Jesus to belief in Zeus, basically saying, they’re both mythological gods.  Yet, Jay responds with a break down of the difference between God with a capital G and god with a lower case g.  Doing such shows that belief in Jesus is nowhere near the same as belief in Zeus.  His work also shows that there isn’t as many proposed Gods to consider if someone is evaluating the world’s religions for truth.

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The Giver – Christian Themes and Response!

The Giver is a movie that has been completely off my radar.  I have no knowledge of the book, and I didn’t even really know it was a movie, besides that fact that I tuned out as soon as I heard it had Meryl Streep in it.  She has completely lost me as a viewer after her Oscar attempting stunts with that horrible movie she did with Tommy Lee Jones and her old, crazy lady performance in The Iron Lady, oh, and that other old, crazy lady performance in Osage County.  But then… a post on Facebook caught my attention.  It was a link to an article entitled, “Three Reasons Why The Giver is the best Christian Movie Since “Narnia”‘  The same day I read that article, Nolan J Matter sent me a review of a the article!  So yes, The Giver, has caught my attention, but I’m not sure yet if I will see it. 

the giver

I know Nolan from campus evangelism at Saddleback Community College.  He’s a student there and I met him when he approached me about my Contradict Evangelism table.  He initially thought I was an atheist and that he was going to have to share the Gospel with me.  To his surprise, I was a fellow follower of Christ and he began to meet me every week for 2-3 months to sit at the table with me.  I sense that Nolan will be a future, household name as a Christian known for proclaiming the Gospel and defending it vigorously.  In his World Religions class at Saddleback Community College, he essentially pulled a God is Not Dead and asked his atheist professor if he could present Christianity to the class.  Amazing young man and follower of Christ.  With his permission, I asked him if I could publish his movie review, because I liked the Christian connection he made and the built in apologetic for Christianity within his review.  Without further intro, here is Nolan J Matter’s The Giver review:

Last night I went to the cinema and sat through the production of The Giver. Now it is important to note that I had recently read an article entitled “Three Reasons Why The Giver is the Best Christian Movie Since ‘Narnia.’” After skimming the article, which I found quite interesting, I put it down…perhaps dismissing its relevance. But after watching the movie its relevance was all I could think of.

You see, during the last few years in my education, I have come across more than one professor who has outlined the atrocities committed by America; highlighting the bad, but some how forgetting the good. It seems that in the class room I hear daily of all the evil in the world; specifically all the evil America has committed. For my most recent assignment I had to read an article on the interment of Japanese Americans by the American Government. The article is titled “Then Came War” by Yuri Kochiyama, if you are interested in researching it. This article like many others from my classes seems to be outlining all the terrible things that America has done. The professors only want to discuss these types of articles; the type that talk about society’s mistakes. The premise of The Giver is that society has done away with evil; by creating a neutral society there is no evil—but there is also no good. In order to make life meaningful the Giver has to find a way to go against the society and bring back the memories of the past. The Elders in The Giver are against bringing back any past memories because they do not want evil and pain to be a part of their society.

At one point in the article “Then Came War” the author talks about an experience she had while she was on her way to the internment camp. Her train was stopped at the station when an older gentleman asked her to write letters to him. This act of kindness form a passerby, someone who she thinks could have viewed her as less than American, speaks volumes to the great good that humans can have—and give.

Of course there is great evil in the world, but would we as a society trade in love to get rid of hate? To be neutral so everyone can be normal? The Giver recognizes society’s flaws, he sees the evil of the world—he is the only one who sees it, and yet he is willing to unleash it on society? Why? Because he perceives the good—greater than any evil.

Most people have looked at America and said you have always been putting people behind walls, but shouldn’t our mindset be like the Giver and his rationale for wanting to eradicate the neutral society. Yes America has put people behind walls but America has also set people free. I will let you decide what has a greeter impact.

We cannot highlight the bad and leave out the good! We as Christian are called to share the good news not the bad news. Yes I understand that there is bad news, but if we are standing on a street corner condemneding people we are letting the evil have power over the good—are job is not to condemn, but to redeem. We as Christians need to emphasis the fact that all the evil in the world will be eradicated by the strongest good—Jesus Christ.

[End of Nolan’s review]

There will come an end to evil for all of those that are found in Christ Jesus.  Amen, Nolan. 

Having not read the book or seen the movie, I assume this man is either The Giver or one of the elders.
Having not read the book or seen the movie, I assume this man is either The Giver or one of the elders.