#959 – Avengers: Age of Ultron Trailer

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

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Yesterday afternoon my Twitter feed exploded with news that the trailer for Avengers: Age of Ultron had leaked. I usually don’t like leaked trailers because of their terrible quality. As excited as I am for Age of Ultron, though, I couldn’t resist and I found the leaked trailer. I watched it and was totally blown away, even in 480p.

Marvel responded to the leak with a great sense of humor. Marvel’s tweet about the leak was absolutely hilarious and it released an official trailer in glorious 1080p. If you’ve yet to watch the trailer (is there anyone who hasn’t?) you can watch it below. Continue reading

#958 – Called

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

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I really love the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The movies are great but I also appreciate the journeys each of the heroes has to take.

Iron Man has to see there’s more to life than himself.

Thor has to learn what it means to be humble.

Captain America has to learn how to lead.

The Guardians of the Galaxy have to learn to work together as a team.

Each hero learns something along their journey, ultimately fulfilling their purpose of saving the day. I don’t know if they all felt called to be super heroes, but they definitely had a larger purpose to fill.

Like our favorite super heroes, we all definitely have a purpose in life. More than a purpose, though, we have a calling. There is something to which God is calling us, a role he wants us to fill for his kingdom purposes. Continue reading

#957 – Doctor Who-esday: Flatline

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

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Oh no! There are only three episodes left in this series of Doctor Who. I feel like I’ve barely gotten to know the Twelfth Doctor and now he’ll be out of the office for another nine months. Instead of worrying about the Doctor’s coming departure, we should instead focus on the remaining episodes.

I enjoyed the Doctor’s most recent adventure “Flatline.” I thought the two-dimensional monsters were creative and creepy, especially in their three-dimensional forms. We also saw Clara’s continued journey into becoming more and more like the Doctor, along with all the good and bad that comes along with that journey.

Here are some thoughts I had while watching “Flatline.” Continue reading

#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

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