#826 – Everything Changes

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on April 21, 2014 by scotthiga

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I spent my day yesterday celebrating Easter. The day started by spending the morning at church, celebrating the resurrection with six services. Then Alycia and I spent the afternoon and evening celebrating with our families.

I love Easter. Easter points us to the reality that everything changed when Jesus rose from the grave. The universe was one way when Jesus was in the tomb and it was entirely different when the tomb was empty.

Jesus destroyed sin.

Jesus destroyed death.

Jesus destroyed darkness.

The universe changed because of what Jesus did. And now, just as the universe has changed, we can be changed as well.

How we respond to the universe-altering reality of the resurrection, though, will impact how much we change. Continue reading

#825 – Star Trek Movie Holy Week: Good Friday

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on April 18, 2014 by scotthiga

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Today is Good Friday. The day Christians reflect upon Jesus’s sacrifice on the cross. It’s not as joyous and celebrative as Easter Sunday but it’s important. Without Good Friday there would be nothing to celebrate come Easter Sunday.

Every great movie series has its own Good Friday movie. Star Wars has The Empire Strikes Back, Harry Potter has The Half-Blood Prince and Star Trek has Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.

The Wrath of Khan is my favorite Star Trek movie. It is also the most emotional as Spock sacrifices his life for his crewmates. Like Good Friday, The Wrath of Khan ends on a depressing note, but hope always remains.

Let’s compare Good Friday and The Wrath of Khan by checking out the tale of the tape. Continue reading

#824 – Star Trek Movie Holy Week: Maundy Thursday

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on April 17, 2014 by scotthiga

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I love eating.

I wake up every morning looking forward to breakfast, even though my breakfast is usually just a piece of toast with peanut butter and jelly.

I love eating my lunch at work. I try to hold out as long as I can to make eating my lunch that much more enjoyable.

One of my favorite parts about being married is coming home from work and making dinner for Alycia and myself. I love sitting down over dinner and talking about our days.

We need to eat in order to survive. But we also need the fellowship and relationships that can be built over a meal.

I love eating, which is why I’m glad a meal is included in Holy Week. Continue reading

#823 – Star Trek Movie Holy Week: Holy Wednesday

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

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I was calling people Benedict Arnold before I even knew who Benedict Arnold was. I didn’t need to know what Benedict Arnold did; I just knew that he was a traitor.

Nobody wants to be a traitor. We value loyalty in our friends and we want to be loyal to our friends. We shake our heads at people like Benedict Arnold or Judas who could betray their country or their friends.

Holy Wednesday is also known as Spy Wednesday. It’s the day during Holy Week when we reflect on Judas Iscariot and his betrayal of Jesus. No matter how many times I think about it, I cannot fathom Judas’s betrayal of Jesus. Judas had committed himself to following Jesus. He had seen all the miracles that Jesus performed. Yet, in the end, 30 pieces of silver outweighed everything. Continue reading

#822 – Star Trek Movie Holy Week: Holy Tuesday

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

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I grew up in a Protestant tradition that didn’t give much attention to Holy Week. We mentioned Palm Sunday and might have had a Good Friday service, but that was about it. Looking at other traditions has given me a greater appreciation for Holy Week and what each day leading up to Easter signifies.

Today is Holy Tuesday. In the Eastern Orthodox tradition Holy Tuesday focuses on the parable of the 10 virgins from Matthew 25.

In the parable 10 virgins wait for the bridegroom to return. Five have enough oil for their lamps but five run out. While the five who ran out leave to get more oil the bridegroom returns and they are left outside.

We need to be prepared for Christ’s return just like Captain Picard was prepared for the return of the Borg. Continue reading

#821 – Star Trek Movie Holy Week: Holy Monday

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

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It’s Holy Week!

Not every week is the same; some require more attention and intention than others. Good Friday and Easter are the celebration of Jesus Christ changing the universe, our lives included, forever. As we look forward to the coming weekend, we have an amazing opportunity during Holy Week to prepare our hearts for what God might want to show us.

To that end, I thought that we could look at Holy Week through the lens of the Star Trek movies. We might as well use our love for Jesus and Star Trek to better focus our hearts on this holiest of weeks.

Holy Week kicks off today with Holy Monday. In the Eastern Orthodox tradition Holy Monday focuses on Jesus’s cursing of the unfruitful fig tree. If our lives don’t bear the fruit of repentance then we will suffer the same fate as the fig tree.

Captain Kirk wasn’t able to repent and turn from his anger towards the Klingons. Commander Kruge and his men had killed David, but Kirk’s anger was directed towards all Klingons. He expressed his anger in a personal log, words that eventually came back to haunt him during his trial for murdering Chancellor Gorkon. Continue reading

#820 – The Nerdy Late Show

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on April 11, 2014 by scotthiga

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When I was in junior high I spent my summer days watching Star Trek and my nights watching The Late Show. I don’t know why, but for some reason I decided that I wanted to be a David Letterman fan. I didn’t know anything about Johnny Carson, Jay Leno or Dave’s work on Late Night. As a young teen, though, I watched Letterman every night during the summer, forcing myself to stay awake.

Even though I haven’t watched Letterman for many years, I was saddened to hear about his retirement last week. I cheered up a little yesterday, though, when I heard that Stephen Colbert would be replacing Dave after he retires.

Here are some nerdy characters who also could have replaced David Letterman.  Continue reading

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