#1019 – This Little Light of Mine

Posted in Uncategorized with tags on January 29, 2015 by scotthiga

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One of our light bulbs went out two months ago and I needed to replace it. I went to Home Depot and surveyed my lighting options. Gone were the days of incandescent bulbs; fluorescent, halogen and LED bulbs had replaced them. I was almost overwhelmed by the number of choices, but settled on an LED bulb that cost me $20. Whenever we move out of our apartment I’m definitely taking that bulb with me.

Lighting has changed and how we shine that light has changed. The same can be said about the lights that we shine for Jesus.

In his Sermon on the Mount, Jesus said:

You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.

From the time of his earthly ministry, Jesus has been calling his followers to shine their light. We are supposed to live lives of love, hope, joy, peace and justice; lives that shine in our dark world and direct people to God.

For those gathered for the Sermon on the Mount, that meant shining a light to the people in their village and the surrounding area. For most people in the first century, they died where they had been born. That trend continued for the next few centuries, with most Christians spending most of their lives in one small area. They still had a light to shine, but not that many people to whom they could shine it.

Advances in transportation definitely made the world a smaller place, as did the urbanization of society. The world has gotten even smaller with the growth of social media.  Continue reading

#1018 – Fantastic Four Teaser Trailer

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on January 28, 2015 by scotthiga

Yesterday I woke up to the teaser trailer for Fantastic Four, the reboot of Marvel’s first family. I was excited when Josh Trank, the director of Chronicle, was brought on board. However, there have been a number of negative rumors about the production. After seeing the first trailer, I can’t say that I’m overly confident.

You can find the trailer below as well as some of my thoughts about it.

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  • “From the studio that brought you X-Men: Days of Future Past.” Also, don’t forget, the same studio brought us X-Men 3, X-Men Origins: Wolverine and the first two Fantastic Four.

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#1017 – Doctor Who-esday: Last Christmas

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on January 27, 2015 by scotthiga

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Christmas was over a month ago but I just finally got around to watching “Last Christmas,” the most recent Doctor Who Christmas Special. I thought it was a great episode and I especially enjoyed the dream aspects. It was kind of like watching Doctor Who: Inception.

I’m glad that Clara came back. Apparently the reports of Jenna Coleman leaving after the last series were wrong; she and the Doctor will be back some time later this year.

Here are some (delayed) thoughts I had while watching “Last Christmas.”  Continue reading

#1016 – EHS 03

Posted in Uncategorized with tags on January 26, 2015 by scotthiga

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I’ve carried a backpack for most of my life. I started in elementary school, continued through seminary and, to this day, I still carry all of my stuff in my backpack. I don’t carry textbooks and Trapper Keepers anymore, but I do carry my computer and my Kindle. I suppose I could upgrade to a nice briefcase, but I don’t think it would survive the rigors of youth ministry.

Whether we actually carry a backpack or a briefcase, we all carry with us some sort of baggage. If we look into our pasts, we will all find some sort of hurt, anger or grief. Each of us has experiences that have wounded us to varying degrees. If we don’t address those hurts from our pasts, then they’re bound to impact our futures.

We need to be willing to go back in order to go forward. Continue reading

#1015 – Scott, Jean, Ororo

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on January 23, 2015 by scotthiga

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I thought X-Men: Days of Future Past was great. I loved seeing the original movies’ cast come along side the First Class cast. X-Men: Apocalypse will follow up Days of Future Past in 2016. I can’t wait to see the X-Men take on an enemy that isn’t Magneto. Sure we’ve gotten Sentinels and Sebastian Shaw, but ultimately the main movie villain has always been Magneto. The X-Men have a great stable of villains; Apocalypse will provide an imposing and terrifying villain.

Yesterday it was announced that the younger versions of Cyclops, Jean Grey and Storm had been cast. Tye Sheridan will play Scott Summers, Sophie Turner will play Jean Grey and Alexandra Shipp will play Ororo Munroe.

Among that group, I only know Sophie Turner. Turner stars as Sansa Stark on Game of Thrones. She has red hair and is young, but hopefully she’ll bring more than that to the role of Jean Grey. I’m always wary of casting for the X-Men movies and the X-Men movies in general. They are by far my favorite team of super heroes and I don’t want something like X-Men 3 to happen again.

Even worse than X-Men 3, though, is the rumor that Marvel might be phasing out the X-Men from its comics. Continue reading

#1014 – Fate Reforged

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on January 22, 2015 by scotthiga

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About a year ago I once again started playing Magic: The Gathering. I had played Magic when it first came out in 1993 but had given up my lands and creatures for Star Trek: The Customizable Card Game. I had no idea that Magic would still be relevant 20 years later and that it would make a sizeable dent in my wallet as man in my 30s.

This weekend the next set of Magic cards comes out: Fate Reforged. I have bought a box of the past three sets and would love to buy a box of Fate Reforged. I’ve spent extra money and birthday money on my Magic cards, but I don’t have any extra money or birthday money lying around. So even though I’d love to buy a box and open up 36 packs of cards, I probably shouldn’t. Continue reading

#1013 – Secret Wars 2015

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on January 21, 2015 by scotthiga

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I know way more about comics from the 90s than I do about present day comics. I’ve got a Marvel Unlimited subscription and I’m still trying to catch up. Apparently I’m going to need to pick up the pace, though, because everything I know about the Marvel Universe is about to change.

Yesterday Marvel held a press conference detailing its upcoming crossover event: Secret Wars. This event isn’t merely a rehash of the 1980s Secret Wars. Marvel announced that this version would bring broth the Marvel 616 and Ultimate Universes to an end.

Apparently the Avengers have been attempting to keep parallel universes from crashing into each other for quite some time. Come May and the publication of Secret Wars #1, they will fail. 616 and the Ultimate Universe, which is 1610, will crash into each other and create the Battleworld.

The Battleworld will be the new setting for the ongoing Marvel Universe. Characters from both universes will now exist side-by-side in the Battleworld. At the press conference Marvel also said that this would be the perfect time to bring back characters that had died. Marvel made mention of Gwen Stacy, but I certainly hope Jean Grey makes an appearance. Unless she’s already alive again, in which case she’ll probably just get killed again.

Now if this doesn’t make a lot of sense to you, that’s OK; it doesn’t make a lot of sense to me either. Continue reading

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