Next week, people all over the world are going to be celebrating the birthday of a man who lived 2000 years ago. His name is Jesus. You might have heard of him. He’s kind of a big deal. We know so much about Jesus, but do we know what he looked like?
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I love comics. And I love Jesus. Where ever possible, I try and combine the two. But there’s one church in the US that’s taking it to the next level – running a church in a comic book store. The Point Community Church in Kentucky run their Sunday services out of the local comic shop, rearranging the store displays to make room for everyone and then preaching the gospel of Jesus. Half an hour after the service is finished, every thing is back in place and ready to sell the latest issue of Batman.
Adam4d.com is one of my favourite webcomics. Even better, it’s a great Christian comic with a sharp satirical edge. I’ve written about the comic before. A couple of months ago I promised to put up a Top 5 list of my favourite Adam4d.com comics and here it is! It wasn’t easy getting it down to five but I got there eventually. These are presented in no particular order. Is your favourite on the list?
It’s pretty amazing that a movie like Noah even exists. A big budget retelling of a Bible story with big name actors and a special effects budget that would make a film student drool, directed by a guy best known for his quirky, arty films. Surely this is going to be a disaster. The Bible crowd will either love it or hate it and it’s going to be a tough sell to get anyone else even interested.
As an epic fantasy movie with Biblical allusions, Noah is a great film. As a Biblically faithful account of the life of Noah… Well it makes a good fantasy movie.
Adam4d.com is a Christian comic that has grabbed my attention over the last few months. And judging by my Facebook feed, I’m not the only one. Often laugh-out-loud funny (yes, I’m old and I will not be using the acronym, thank you) and very often insightful, Adam4d is a comic you should be checking out regularly. There are some strips that I have bookmarked for future use, because they’re just asking to be used in a sermon or Scripture class. The creator, Adam Ford, has a way of taking complex ideas and satire and reducing them to punchy sound bites and drawings that I admire. I read a lot of webcomics, but Adam4d.com is one that I know I’ll be a consistently better thinker and preacher after reading it (I’m trying hard to lay it on to thick here guys, but I really love this comic!).
Sermon preached at St Luke’s Liverpool on December 22nd, 2013.
The Other Baby from Luke 1:67-80, looking at the birth of John the Baptist.
You know that bit in the Bible where it talks about one or more footprints in the sand? Me neither. Contrary to the beliefs of some, it isn’t Scripture (So please don’t ask me to read it out at a funeral). I love what the Non-Adventures of Wonderella do with that poem here. I like to think that it’s the poem rather than Jesus that comes off badly. I love how it just gets more ridiculous with each panel.
I was wanting to write something up about this, but in case I ran out of time (which happens all too frequently) here it is.
Keen to hear your thought on it.
When someone makes you a promise, there’s a sense of uncertainty that follows. When they use the word “promise”, are they guaranteeing that it will happen just as they said? Or are they just using the word “promise” to lull you into a false sense of security, with no intention of actually having to follow through?
I try to be a man who honours my promises. But with a memory like mine, it can difficult. If its not in my calendar or on my To Do list, the chances of me keeping my promise are reduced significantly. And some times I make promises that I have every intention of keeping, but afterwards it turns out situations outside of my control mean I can’t keep that promise.
However, when Jesus makes a promise, he always keeps it. Because he is without sin, he never makes a promise he can’t keep. And because he is fully God, he is able to use his power to make sure nothing gets in the way of him fulfilling his promises.
When Jesus promises that he’ll rise from the dead (Mark 8:31), he keeps it. When he promises that he’ll send the Holy Spirit (Acts 1:8), he keeps it. So when he promises a place in heaven for everyone who believes in him (John 14:2 – “In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you.”), we know he’s going to keep that promise.
Jesus – the one who makes promises you can rely on.
Les Misérables is one of those musicals I know a lot about but don’t know really well. About ten years ago my wife dragged me along to a local theater production of the show. But because of the joys of low budget sound systems and amateur performers, I didn’t really understand what was going on. There was a big wall made out of furniture and some guys with guns singing about a revolution. I was a bit lost. So going into the big screen version of Les Misérables, I was after one thing – to take all these songs that I’ve heard a million times on singing based reality TV shows and give me a story that can grab me by the heart and make me care.
Well, at least the singing was good.