#956 – David: Chosen

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on October 20, 2014 by scotthiga

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This past weekend our church began a new sermon series. It’s titled David: An Honest Life. We’re examining David and his ability to be honest about his life before God, the good and the bad. David is a central biblical figure and we can all benefit by looking at his life. As our church goes through its series I’ll blog some thoughts about the previous weekend’s sermon.

This past weekend we looked at 1 Samuel 16. God finally decides to move on from Saul as king of Israel. God calls Samuel and tells him to go to Bethlehem to anoint one of Jesse’s sons as the next king. Eliab, one of Jesse’s sons, looks impressive, perhaps as tall and imposing as Israel’s first king. Samuel thought that surely Eliab was God’s anointed. However, God responds to Samuel with one of the Bible’s most profound statements: Continue reading

#955 – Immoral

Posted in Uncategorized on October 17, 2014 by scotthiga

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A few months ago I wrote about Mark Driscoll when he took a break from pastoring Mars Hill, the church that he planted in 1996. He took a break so the elders at Mars Hill could investigate his alleged “pattern of abusive and intimidating conduct.” Even though the elders didn’t recommend it, earlier this week Driscoll resigned from his position.

While I was never Driscoll’s biggest fan, I’m always saddened to see a pastor and church face struggles of this kind. More than anything, though, I was taken aback by the published report from the investigating elders. Here are two of the comments that really raised my eyebrows. Continue reading

#954 – DC Cinematic Universe

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on October 16, 2014 by scotthiga

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Not to be outdone by the announcement of Robert Downey Jr. joining Captain America 3 to kick off the Civil War, DC and Warner Bros. made some major announcements of their own.

Warner Bros. CEO Kevin Tsujihara revealed the dates for 10 movies coming out between now and 2020. Some dates were previously known, but some were entirely new. You can see the list he revealed below. Continue reading

#953 – Civil War

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on October 15, 2014 by scotthiga

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I was left speechless on Monday night as Variety broke the news that Robert Downey Jr. had signed on to star alongside Chris Evans in Captain America 3. I was at an even greater loss for words when I read that the next Cap movie would kick off the Civil War storyline.

I love that the Marvel Cinematic Universe has been put together with a plan. After the success of the first Iron Man, Marvel put its plan into motion and hasn’t stopped since. Getting Downey to commit to Captain America 3 opens up so many possibilities for future MCU movies. I loved the Civil War storyline and can’t wait to see it come to life on the big screen.

Here are some questions I have about Captain America 3 and the Civil War. Continue reading

#952 – Doctor Who-esday: Mummy on the Orient Express

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on October 14, 2014 by scotthiga

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I would love to be the production designer for Doctor Who. On any given week I’d get to create alien worlds, Victorian England or a 1920s Orient Express train in space.

“Mummy on the Orient Express” was another strong episode in Series 8. The mummy did provide some good scares, even though he just ended up being another misunderstood alien. I also enjoyed the further development of the Doctor and Clara’s relationship, as Clara’s conscience lost out to the Doctor’s deception.

Here are some other thoughts I had while watching “Mummy on the Orient Express.”  Continue reading

#951 – NYCC 2014

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on October 13, 2014 by scotthiga

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New York Comic Con took place this past weekend. While it’s not nearly as big as the San Diego Comic-Con, a lot of news still came out of New York Comic Con. Here are some highlights from the weekend. Continue reading

#950 – Tomorrowland Teaser

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on October 10, 2014 by scotthiga

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When Disney first announced that it was making Episode VII I thought that Brad Bird would be an ideal director. While I trust J.J. Abrams with the galaxy far, far away, Brad Bird would have also been a great choice. He directed The Incredibles and Ratatouille and brought the Mission Impossible franchise back to life with Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, which I only saw because of a special preview of The Dark Knight Rises. Even though I hadn’t gone to see it, Ghost Protocol was fantastic, due in large part to Bird’s direction.

Unfortunately Bird wasn’t able to direct Episode VII because he was already committed to Tomorrowland. Tomorrowland has been veiled in secrecy since its announcement, but the first trailer made its debut yesterday at the New York Comic Con. You can see the trailer below. Continue reading

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