Archive | June 2009

Jesus Doesn’t Offer Candy

SPHere’s a comic from Something Positive.

You should never accept candy from a stranger. However, Jesus isn’t a stranger. He is your creator. And he offers you something far better than candy.

Christian Dungeons and Dragons

pvp_logoDungeons and Dragons isn’t exactly popular amongst some Christians. The whole pagan gods and sorcery thing adds up to a double whamy of let’s-not-go-there. Others, as seen in this PVP strip, take a different approach to Christian gaming.

For the record: I’ve played D&D. I can see how it may be a stumbling block for some. I view it as a matter of freedom and choose to see it as engaging with fiction. But that’s a wisdom decision for the individual.

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009)

transformers-revenge-of-the-fallen-poster-2Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009)

Rated M

Starring Shia LaBeouf and Megan Fox

Evokes cherished childhood memory? Check

Balance of humour and over the top action? Check

Giant robots shooting each other? Check

I’m going to be controversial here. I loved this movie. So why does everyone else seem to hate it?

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Gamers Church

cad-logoSay someone wanted to start a new religion. Say they wanted to worship the gods of computer games, gathering together with their Nintendo DS’ and share in fellowship together. Now, say that some representatives of organised religion got upset and wanted them to stop. What would happen next? Ctrl+Alt+Del has been there, done that.

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The Gossip: Heavy Cross

The-Gossip-Heavy-Cross-472324It’s no secret that life in this world can be hard. Sometimes days, weeks, years can go past and you wonder to yourself “is this all worth it?” The world is so full of pain and hurt and suffering. There’s got to be a way out. There’s got to be a survival mechanism. There’s got to be a way to make this life bearable.

To stay on top of things is this world is impossible to do on your own. The pressure is too much. But maybe, just maybe, two people could do it. Maybe if I had someone with me, a boyfriend or girlfriend, whatever. Maybe love is the key to salvation. Maybe love will save the day. As it says in The Gossip’s song Heavy Cross, “It takes two. It’s up to me and you to prove it.” But will love really save the day?

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Year One (2009)

YR1_ADV_IT_1SHT_4Year One (2009)

Rated M

Starring Jack Black and Michael Cera

Are you:

  • Easily wound up about historical inaccuracies in film?
  • Wishing that Jack Black would retire his rock and roll ladies man character and do something different?
  • Someone who thinks poo jokes are not funny?
  • Against any attempts to use the Bible in comedy?

Do you fit into one or more of those categories? Then let me save you 2 hours of your life. Do not see Year One.

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Shortpacked and the Deadbeat Dad

robin06aShortpacked is a webcomic that quite often deals with Christianity and Christian pop culture. In a comic this week, we see one possible interpretation of the virgin birth. It’s pretty funny, but I’m glad it isn’t true. It would throw all kinds of things into chaos if Jesus wasn’t sent to earth on purpose. Instead he was promised from the start that he would come to deal with sin. You know you were expected when the entire creation was created for you and by you (Check out Colossians 1:16).

Still, pretty funny!

Help Me Name My New Computer

A few weeks ago, The Beast died. The Beast was my first desktop PC I bought when I moved out of home. He had done me well over the last few years, but in the days leading up to his death, I could tell it was time to move on. He was struggling to perform simple tasks and really, really struggled when I asked him to do something complicated like creating graphics or making movies. Last week, I placed an order for a new machine. I wanted to make sure that everything inside the box would cope with the work out I wanted to give it. I paid so much attention to the insides, that I didn’t really put any consideration into what it would look like.

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Colour Changing Frog Worshipped

frog234123People don’t really need much of an excuse to worship the created rather than the creator, do they?

Colour changing frog worshipped as god in India

Eye Witness Book 1

Rev-CovEye Witness Book 1

by Robert James Luedke

How much evidence would you need to believe in something? Would second hand sources be sufficient or would you need an eye witness account? If you could read a hand written account of the death of Jesus from someone who was there, would that be enough to commit yourself to Christ? That’s the question posed by Luedke’s graphic novel Eye Witness.

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The Chaser’s War on Sick Kids

the-chasers-war-on-everything1Much has been made in the last couple of days of The Chaser’s recent satire on the Make A Wish Foundation. It’s not often the Prime Minister of Australia calls a press conference to condemn the actions of an ABC comedy show. The Chaser team have never been shy when it comes to controversy, but have they gone too far this time?

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The Prisoner Remake

the_prisoner_promoI just can’t wait for this. The original Prisoner series is an absolute classic. And every time I see anything coming out of this production, I drool a little bit. The themes of identity and freedom are always worth exploring. And I promise not to care if there’s no weather balloon going around killing people. I swear.

View the trailer here.

Is Supernatural For Atheists?

supernaturalI’ve never seen the show Supernatural. I wasn’t a fan of Jensen Ackles on Smallville so didn’t follow him along to his new show. Recently the fourth season finished with a significant appearance by Satan. Is this show worth watching? Should I get my hands on the DVD’s for review?

There’s an article on i09 asking the question if Supernatural is a show for atheists or people who believe in God. Well worth reading.

Regina Spektor: Laughing With

regina-spektor-far-album-artIt takes a lot of faith to not believe in God.

There’s a saying that there are no atheists in fox holes. That when life is at it’s hardest, people turn towards their maker. At that moment, when you’re at you’re lowest point, no body’s laughing at God.

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Is Star Trek a Religion?

TheWeddingIn the Australian census we have every 7 years, more and more people register their faith as “Jedi”. But I haven’t heard of anyone worshipping at the altar of Shatner.

Is Star Trek a Religion?

Angels & Demons (2009)

angels-demons-movie-poster_317x470Angels & Demons (2009)

Rated M

Starring Tom Hanks and Ewan McGregor

Science and religion. More often than not they’re seen as bitter enemies. Some would even want to say that science has proved there is no God and following religion is a waste of time, a pursuit for stupid people. This tension is at the heart of Angels and Demons. In the wake of the death of the pope, an old enemy of the Roman Catholic Church has returned and is threatening to blow up the Vatican. It’s up to symbolologist, Robert Langdon (Tom Hanks), to save the day and solve the mystery of the Illuminati.

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Sermon: Ephesians 3

We’ve been looking at the book of Ephesians at St Luke’s this term. This week we looked at Ephesians 3, especially focussing on the phrase “the mystery of Christ”.

20090531 Joel A Moroney God’s Mystery Made Known