#828 – Staying Committed to Christ in College

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

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I love working with high school students. I love helping usher them into adulthood. I love pointing them towards Jesus. I love playing video games and Magic: The Gathering with them.

I don’t love seeing them graduate, though. After spending so many years with them, it’s sad to see them go. There’s also a lot of anxiety, wondering whether or not they will continue to pursue Jesus after they graduate.

As our seniors near graduation that anxiety is starting to build. I love our seniors and so desperately want to see them keep loving Jesus, pursuing him wholeheartedly in all that they do.

So here are some suggestions for how to stay committed to Christ in college.  Continue reading

#827 – Coming of Age

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

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Everyone loves a good coming of age story. For those of us who are adults, when we watch Kevin Arnold in The Wonder Years or read about Harry’s path in J.K. Rowling’s series, we can’t help but identify with their struggles. The path to adulthood isn’t straight and it’s nice to know everyone else faced some of the same struggles.

I love a good coming of age story but I’m not sure how I feel about one being tacked on to a super hero movie.

This weekend, in an interview with Den of Geek, the producer and screenwriter for the new Fantastic Four, Simon Kinberg, had this to say:

“We’re definitely telling a younger story than the original films did. It depends on what books you look at. There are some, like the Ultimate books, that tell this story. So it is an origin story of the Fantastic Four, and it does follow them before they really know what a superhero is.”

He also said this:

“They’re older than high school, but they’re not quite grown into the world. If anything, this is a coming of age story.”

I don’t know if I want to spend two hours watching 19 and 20-year-olds figure out what it means to be a hero and an adult at the same time. Growing up is hard enough without having to do it with super powers. I’ve never been much of a fan of the Fantastic Four and this story isn’t making me any more excited for their reboot.

Since Mr. Fantastic, Invisible Woman, the Human Torch and the Thing have their own coming of age stories on the horizon, here are some biblical coming of age stories.  Continue reading

#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

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