#898 – Chris Pratt is Awesome

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

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I’ve been writing about Guardians of the Galaxy for well over a year. I have been looking forward to the Guardians’ first big screen adventure for a long time. I’ve paid attention to every small detail from the hiring of James Gunn to write and direct the movie to the casting of each role. Needless to say I am excited that Guardians of the Galaxy is finally coming out this week.

I’m also excited for Chris Pratt’s rising star. I’ve loved Pratt for years as Andy Dwyer on Parks and Recreation. Andy could have been a simple buffoon whose only purpose was to make Ann Perkins more likeable. Pratt, though, transformed Andy into one of television’s most loveable and hilarious characters.

With The Lego Movie, Guardians of the Galaxy and Jurassic Park set to make Pratt a star, it’s heartwarming to see how grateful he is for his success and his fans.

A wonderful story at The Mary Sue highlights Pratt’s generosity and willingness to connect with his fans. Guardians of the Galaxy was screened for a children’s charity, a screening for which Pratt was present. After the movie Pratt did a Q&A with the kids and didn’t leave until taking an individual selfie with each of the 250 children at the screening.

That’s just awesome.

I don’t know if Chris Pratt loves Jesus. At times his Twitter feed has suggested some sort of spiritual life. Even if Pratt doesn’t love Jesus, though, his heart for kids definitely reflects Jesus’s. Continue reading

#897 – Review: Hercules

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on July 29, 2014 by scotthiga

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I’ve been a fan of Dwayne Johnson for a long time. I started watching the WWE in 1998 and the Rock was a rising star. I love the Rock as a heel and as a face. Whatever role he played, the Rock had the energy and charisma to captivate an arena full of fans.

Since he’s stepped out of the ring and into the movies Johnson has had his ups and downs. I loved him in movies like The Rundown and The Gridiron Gang but avoided his movies like The Tooth Fairy. I’ve also sworn off any Fast and Furious movies since the second one is one of the worst movies I’ve ever seen.

So I’ve liked the Rock for a long time and a lot those good feelings fueled my desire to see Hercules. I didn’t think Hercules would be a great movie but I thought that it could be a lot of fun if the Rock’s charisma carried over into the movie.

After seeing Hercules I can say that it wasn’t a great movie but it was a lot of fun. Johnson is great in the role of Hercules and definitely has what it takes to carry an action movie that doesn’t take itself too seriously. While Hercules wasn’t enough to make me forgive Brett Ratner for X-Men 3, I did enjoy my time in the theater.

Here are some other thoughts I had while watching Hercules.

Teamwork

In this version of Hercules the hero doesn’t work alone. The movie leaves Hercules’s origins a little up in the air, leaving it up to the viewer to decide whether or not he really is the son of Zeus. While he is a strong and well-trained fighter, Hercules doesn’t accomplish any of his feats alone. He has a team of people around him including an oracle, an Amazon and a crazy man. I loved Hercules’s attitude towards his friends; he knew he couldn’t accomplish anything without them. And, when looking at our lives, we need to realize that we can accomplish more if we work with others. God didn’t create us to serve him alone; he created us to serve him together with the body of Christ.

Reputation

Hercules definitely lives off of his reputation, so much so that one of his companion’s only job is to tell stories. The stories spread far and wide, causing the legend of Hercules to grow with each telling. Reputation can be a tricky thing for followers of Jesus. We shouldn’t be concerned with our own reputation and what others think of us. We should, however, be concerned with how our reputation reflects upon Christ. We are Christ’s ambassadors in this world and if we live sinful, selfish and unloving lives, then we are going to be terrible ambassadors. If our reputations can push others to Christ, though, then we can make a positive impact for God’s kingdom in this world.

Calling

Since the movie leaves Hercules’s origins a little ambiguous, there are some questions about his calling and destiny. Even though we aren’t totally yoked like the Rock, we can all identify with questions about calling and destiny. I spend a lot of time with young people who want to know exactly what God has in store for them. I’m 32 and have been in my career for seven years and I still wonder what God has in store for me. We want God’s call on our lives to be this big, extravagant tale full of good, evil and obstacles to overcome. The reality is, though, that we know God’s call on our lives. He calls us to be faithful in loving him and loving others. If we can answer that call every day of our lives, then eventually we’ll be exactly where he wants us.

I enjoyed Hercules. It had a quick pace, solid action and a great leading man. I’ll probably forget all about it when I see Guardians of the Galaxy this weekend, but it was a lot of fun for an hour and forty minutes.

What did you think of Hercules?

#896 – 2014 Comic-Con News

Posted in Uncategorized on July 28, 2014 by scotthiga

The 2014 San Diego Comic-Con has come and gone. Even though I’ve never been, last week I detailed some of my Comic-Cons and Pros. In spite of the large crowds, long lines and people with questionable hygiene, it still would have been awesome to go to Comic-Con.

I wasn’t in San Diego this weekend but I was glued to my Twitter feed. There was a lot of news to come out of Comic-Con this weekend; check out some of the highlights below. Continue reading

#895 – Comic-Cons and Pros

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

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The 2014 San Diego Comic-Con is off and running. Sadly I won’t be waiting in line at Hall H or getting my hands on free stuff. I’ll be at home working and hanging out with my wife. There’s nothing I love more than hanging out with Alycia and work definitely has its moments. But there’s still a big part of me that wishes I was at Comic-Con.

I’ve never been to Comic-Con. I really feel like I should have gone by this point. I’ve been a nerd my entire life. I’ve been writing a nerdy blog for the past three and a half years. And San Diego is only a short two-hour drive away.

Whenever I think about going to Comic-Con, though, I always have some reservations. While I’ve never been, I have heard plenty of horror stories that give me pause.

Here are some of my Comic-Cons and Pros.  Continue reading

#894 – Stinky People

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

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Yesterday I had the opportunity to babysit two of my nieces. While I would have enjoyed being in San Diego for Comic-Con, spending time with my nieces was just as enjoyable.

I was talking with Naomi, my three-year-old nice, about how she can set a good example for her younger sister, Leilani. Naomi said that she’s going to show Leilani how to use the potty, something for which my sister will be very grateful. I asked Naomi if she was going to tell Leilani how much Jesus loves her. Naomi said yes, but also added that Jesus loves stinky people.

Her comment made me laugh but it also made me think. Naomi said that Jesus loves stinky people but admitted that she has a hard time liking stinky people. If we were as honest as Naomi, we’d probably admit that we also have a hard time loving all of the people that Jesus loves. Continue reading

#893 – Undragoned

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

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Yesterday I wrote about dragons and sin. We were created to fly free like dragons but sin chains us to the earth. Sometimes our sin feels like a long chain that gives us plenty of freedom, but it’s still a chain that will eventually pull us down.

Faithful commenter and reader, Mike, reminded me about Eustace in The Voyage of the Dawn Treader. Eustace’s greed and self-centeredness turn him into a dragon. My post equated sin with a chain but C.S. Lewis equates sin with being turned into a dragon.

Eustace was supposed to be a little boy but his sin transformed him into a monster. Sin not only limits our true freedom but it also distorts and corrupts us. The longer we embrace our sin, the more it tarnishes the image of God that we all bear. And, as C.S. Lewis so expertly conveyed, we can’t do anything about our sin.

Check out this excerpt from The Voyage of the Dawn TreaderContinue reading

#892 – Dragons and Sin

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on July 22, 2014 by scotthiga

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A lot of people are really into dragons.

Whether they belong to Khaleesi, Gringotts or the Lonely Mountain, people are all about dragons.

I’m not really that into dragons. I did an Amazon search for “Dragon statues” and didn’t see anything that I was remotely interested in buying. During my silent prayer time yesterday, though, my mind was filled with dragons. Continue reading

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