#1063 – MCU Holy Week: Spy Wednesday

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on April 1, 2015 by scotthiga

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Man, I really got ahead of myself yesterday with Hydra. I forgot that Holy Wednesday is also called Spy Wednesday, which is a perfect day for MCU Holy Week.

Spy Wednesday marks Judas’s betrayal of Jesus. Judas observed a woman in Bethany pour expensive perfume on Jesus’s head. Judas was taken aback by what he and the other disciples thought was a wasteful act. The other disciples let it go, but Matthew 26 insinuates that that wasteful act pushed Judas over the edge. Judas may have seen a missed opportunity to make money by selling the perfume and turned to the chef priests to line his pockets instead.

Judas’s name is synonymous with betrayal. He had walked with Jesus for years, yet for a mere 30 pieces of silver he threw all of that away. Vilifying Judas is easy; he betrayed the Son of Man. However, we can’t sit up too high on our horses. Each of our sins is a small betrayal and, unless we remain vigilant, we too could turn our backs on Jesus.

There are plenty of spies in the MCU upon whom we could reflect. Nick Fury, according to Tony Stark, is THE spy. Natasha Romanoff was trained as a little girl to be an incredible spy. Even Hawkeye, with his Legolas-like weaponry, is quite the spy.

When I think about Spy Wednesday and Jesus’s betrayer, though, I can only think about one person: Grant Ward. Continue reading

#1062 – MCU Holy Week: Holy Tuesday

Posted in Uncategorized on March 31, 2015 by scotthiga

I was a really good kid growing up so I never got in that much trouble. I watched so many 80s high school movies in which teenagers threw wild parties and had to be on the lookout for their parents’ return. The closest I ever got to that type of vigilance was listening for the garage door at my friend’s house while playing the original Mortal Kombat. Once the garage door opened we had to turn of the Genesis and pretend like we were playing Sonic the Hedgehog 2.

Vigilance is a quality that allows us to keep our eyes open and on the lookout for what’s coming. For all the cool teenagers, that meant looking out for parents who were coming home too early. On Holy Tuesday, vigilance is the quality that keeps us prepared for Jesus’s return.

In the Eastern Orthodox tradition, Holy Tuesday focuses on the parable of the 10 virgins. Five virgins were foolish and weren’t prepared for the return of the bridegroom. Five virgins were wise and were prepared for the bridegroom’s return; they’re vigilance was rewarded. Continue reading

#1061 – MCU Holy Week: Holy Monday

Posted in Uncategorized on March 30, 2015 by scotthiga

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The older I get the more I appreciate Good Friday and Easter. When I was younger we didn’t do much to celebrate Good Friday. Perhaps we went to a Good Friday service but I don’t remember. I do remember celebrating Easter every year, though. Unfortunately I was more interested in what was in my Easter basket than what wasn’t in the empty tomb.

With each passing year, though, my appreciation for Good Friday, Easter and Holy Week has deepened. Good Friday celebrates the love that held Jesus to the cross. Easter celebrates the power that released him from the grave. Because of that love and power the universe has been transformed, and we can be transformed as well.

The coming weekend isn’t like others. Easter weekend is special and we need to prepare ourselves for it. By reflecting on the death of the cross and the life of the empty tomb, God may show is something new about ourselves. We can use Holy Week to cultivate our hearts to better hear what God has to say.

So this year we’re going to look at Holy Week through the lens of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Hopefully by looking at Earth’s Mightiest Heroes we’ll learn more about the Universe’s Only Savior, and the work he wants to do in our lives.  Continue reading

#1060 – A Holy Nap

Posted in Uncategorized on March 27, 2015 by scotthiga

 

My staycation ended yesterday and I was able to accomplish most of what I wanted to, which means I played video games and read comics. I also took a lot of naps, which was glorious. In honor of those naps, here’s a post I wrote a few years ago about the holiness of a nap.

This is what the Sovereign LORD, the Holy One of Israel, says: “In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength, but you would have none of it.” – Isaiah 30:15

I’m one week into my goal of spending six weeks with God. Even though I know God speaks through his word, I’m still amazed when he speaks to me through his word.

I read the above passage earlier this week and was struck by the idea that salvation is found in rest. Obviously salvation from sin is only found in Jesus, but salvation from the distress and turmoil facing Israel was partially found in rest.

As Christians we often acknowledge the importance of rest and Sabbath yet, like the nation of Israel, we often have nothing to do with it. Continue reading

#1059 – The X-Files

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

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Nerds rejoiced earlier this week when it was announced that The X-Files was making its triumphant return to the small screen. Fox announced that series creator Chris Carter and stars David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson were returning for a six-episode event series. I don’t really know what an event series is, but it sounds exciting.

Even though it sounds exciting, I may not watch The X-Files. I never really watched The X-Files when I was younger, mostly because it scared me too much. I was scared of alien abduction in the 1990s and, if I’m honest, it still freaks me out. I’m glad that I’m married; perhaps the aliens will abduct Alycia instead of me.

The X-Files wasn’t the only show I avoided because I was afraid. Here are some others shows I didn’t watch because I didn’t want the nightmares that came along with them.  Continue reading

#1058 – Marvel Spoilers

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on March 25, 2015 by scotthiga

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Last week I wrote about J.J. Abrams reportedly in line to direct Episode IX, a movie that won’t come out for at least four years. Faithful reader and commenter Mike shared that any news about Episode IX is premature, especially since The Force Awakens is still almost nine months away.

Apparently Disney isn’t only premature with Star Wars but also with Marvel.

Different rumors/spoilers surfaced this week about some of Marvel’s upcoming movies. I could understand spoilers about Age of Ultron or Ant-Man, which both come out this year. However, this week’s rumors/spoilers have to do with movies that don’t come out until 2018 and 2019.  Continue reading

#1057 – Metronome

Posted in Uncategorized with tags on March 24, 2015 by scotthiga

Even though I’m Asian I never had piano lessons. I don’t really feel like I missed out on anything, but I did want a metronome. I would often stare at the metronome at my friend’s house, watching it go back and forth like the world’s smallest tennis match.

Metronomes are tools to help people keep rhythm. Unfortunately there isn’t a metronome for our lives.

More often than not our lives get out of rhythm. We live in a busy world that asks more and more from us. We strive to meet the expectations of others and we run ourselves ragged trying to match our society’s speed. The metronome of our lives is set to fast and it doesn’t show any sign of slowing down.

While we don’t have a metronome for our lives, we can look to Jesus for a better way to set our tempo. Continue reading

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