It’s no secret that I love comics. And it’s no secret that I love Jesus. However, it’s not often that these two loves of mine intersect. When it comes to Christian comics, it’s apparently really hard to punch out a quality product. The Christian stuff can be really good, but the art is boring and uninspired. Or the art can be really good, but in the process really misses the mark and you’re left with something that’s not quite Christian. Worse case scenario? The art is bad and the message is dodgy. What we need are more good Christian comics.
Parable is a really, really good Christian comic.
Starring Zac Efron, Claire Danes, Christian McKay
Orson Welles was a creative genius. He directed and starred in Citizen Kane, regarded as one of the greatest movies ever made. He was responsible for the radio adaption of War of the Worlds that was so realistic that it caused mass hysteria because people listening actually thought aliens had invaded. And for most people of my generation or younger, he’s best known for being the voice of Unicron in the 1986 Transformers: The Movie. Okay, that last one might not be a career highlight. But it can’t be denied that Orson Welles was an impressive guy.
Me and Orson Welles is a movie that shows us a snapshot of Orson Welles’ life as he prepares for his 1937 stage production of Julius Caesar at the Mercury Theatre. Zac Efron plays Richard Samuels, a young aspiring actor who finds himself cast in the play and discovers that Welles (played by Christian McKay) is every bit the genius he imagined. However, he grows to realise that Welles also has a dark side.
At college, every 4th year bloke gets the opportunity to preach at chapel. It’s a great experience. There you are, standing in front of a bunch of guys who are very likely smatter and more knowledgeable than you (at least that’s the case if you’re me) and you get to share the Bible with them.
We get to choose what we preach on, as long as it’s an expositional sermon from a Biblical passage. Rather than recylcing an old sermon, I wrote a new sermon based on the Bible passage for the day, Luke 13.
The passage deals with Jesus healing a woman who has been crippled by Satan’s forces. My question for the audience – Do you really believe in Satan?
At Church, we’ve been going through a series called “A Faith Worth Believing”, preaching on some of the objections people have to following Jesus. Last Sunday, I preached on the topic “How Can A Loving God Send People To Hell?”. I used Luke 16:19-31 as my text. I was suffering from a bad dose of the flu, so my delivery may be a bit off, but I think God’s Word, the Bible, still comes through.
Holidays for me usually mean two things: essays and sickness. So therefore, these holidays I’ve had a 3000 word essay due and I’ve been hit with illness. Nothing too serious, but enough that I’m loading up on cold and flu tablets before stepping up to the pulpit.
Today’s sermon is on the Road to Emmaus in Luke’s Gospel. I took an interesting approach to the passage and used it to talk about the Holy Spirit. How did I do that? Go ahead and listen.
Last Christmas, I had the privelege of preaching at our Church’s Christmas Day service. Me, being a guy who doesn’t know where the box is half the time, let alone think inside it, thought I’d be a bit creative with my sermon choice. So instead of preaching from one of the accounts of Jesus’ birth, I preached from Talledega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby. I’d hoped to upload the sermon mp3, but some how I’m missing a huge chunk of it. So here is my best attempt to present my sermon in written form.