#943 – Nerdy Selfless Acts

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on October 1, 2014 by scotthiga

This week at youth group we’re talking about selflessness. God created us to love him and love others. Unfortunately, because of sin, we are now selfish creatures. Instead of looking to the needs of others, we focus on our own needs and wants.

Jesus was the model of selflessness. According to Philippians 2 Jesus left heaven behind and came to earth because of us. He saw our need to be reconciled to the Father and placed our need above his own. He sought our good instead of his own.

We love when we see examples of selflessness. We love when people place the needs of others above their own, especially at great cost to themselves. Our greatest heroes are those who sacrifice their own lives for the lives of others. We’re moved when we see selfless acts because that’s how we all want to be, that’s who we were created to be.

We’re even moved by selfless acts in our favorite nerdclinations. Here are a few of my favorite nerdy selfless acts.

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#942 – Doctor Who-esday: The Caretaker

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on September 30, 2014 by scotthiga

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Last week’s episode of Doctor Who was an adventure out in the reaches of space. This week’s adventure was a little closer to home in terms of distance and a little more personal in terms of intimacy.

One of my favorite aspects to the new series of Doctor Who has been the evolving relationship between the Doctor and Clara. Last week I wrote about the differences between how Clara interacted with Eleven and how she interacts with Twelve. Jenna Coleman has perfectly shown the tension in her character and how she responds to a new face on her same old Doctor.

“The Caretaker” not only shined the spotlight on that relationship but it also brought Clara and Danny’s relationship to the forefront. This episode was definitely all about Clara and her ability to maintain two significant relationships. I enjoyed the episode for what it was: an examination of Clara’s relationships with the Doctor and Danny.  Continue reading

#941 – 33

Posted in Uncategorized on September 29, 2014 by scotthiga

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I celebrated my 33rd birthday on Friday. I had a great birthday and a tremendous birthday weekend. I was able to spend time with a number of my friends and family. I got a box of the new set of Magic cards. And I had a superb steak dinner with Alycia on Friday night.

So far 33 is off to a good start, but that’s only because I spent three days celebrating with my friends and family.

One weird part about being 33, though, is the comparisons to Jesus. I’ve had a few people remind me that Jesus was 33 when he died. Continue reading

#940 – Happy Birthday

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on September 26, 2014 by scotthiga

 

Today is my birthday so I’m giving myself the present of a day off from blogging. Check out this post I wrote three years ago when I turned 30.

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Today is my 30th birthday and I have been fielding a lot of questions about how I feel. Significant marks in age, like decades, are supposed to make us feel different or at least a little more introspective. And while I’m not experiencing a third-of-my-life crisis, my introspection has led to a lot of comparing. Instead of freaking out about turning 30, I’ve been asking older people what they were doing and what they had accomplished by the time they hit three decades.  Continue reading

#939 – Nerdy Distractions

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on September 25, 2014 by scotthiga

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Up is easily one of my favorite Pixar movies. Not only do I look like Russell, but I also love the story of Mr. Fredricksen learning how to open his heart again. He not only opens his heart to Russell but he also learns to love Dug the dog.

Dug is hilarious and I wish that he were my dog. I’m especially fond of Dug’s love for squirrels and their ability to distract him from almost anything. We actually have that in common with Dug: our ability to get distracted.

If we’re trying to work, study or spend time with friends, we face a number of distractions. We live in a world of constant noise: audio and digital. If we can’t identify the noise in our lives, then it might distract us from what’s really important.

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#938 – Good

Posted in Uncategorized with tags on September 24, 2014 by scotthiga

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When I was a little kid I desperately wanted to be good. I didn’t want to have to pull a card and I didn’t want to have to take a note home. If it was something that bad kids had to do, then I didn’t want to do it.

In spite of my best efforts, though, I couldn’t be as good as I wanted to be.

In the first grade my friend and I found used carbon paper in the trashcan. We pulled out the carbon paper and proceeded to cover ourselves in purple ink. We made paper airplanes, threw the paper at each other and rubbed it all over our arms and faces. Needless to say we were caught because we couldn’t hide the fact that we looked like Grimace’s children. I got in trouble and had to sit in time out during recess.

It was then that I realized I could never be as good as I wanted to be. No matter how hard I try, I’m always going to come short of my standard and God’s standard. That’s why being good isn’t a matter of trusting in our own strength but in God’s grace. Continue reading

#937 – Doctor Who-esday: Time Heist

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on September 23, 2014 by scotthiga

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Series 8 of Doctor Who just keeps getting better and better. I though last week’s episode, “Listen,” was the best of the series but “Time Heist” gave it a run for its money.

“Time Heist” had the feel of a classic caper movie. I enjoyed seeing the team come together, each member with his or her own unique abilities. I also liked the twist that the Doctor was the Architect, which made complete sense. And I loved that the ultimate goal of the heist was altruistic, reuniting the Teller with his mate.

Here are some thoughts I had while watching “Time Heist.”  Continue reading

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