Science Fiction & Biblical Reality: The Holy Spirit vs. The Force

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The Jedi, the Sith—say what you want about these light-saber wielding space cowboys, but the real star of the Star Wars franchise is the Force. Don't fight me on this. More than pretending to be Obi-Wan or Luke Skywalker, you've pretending that you were a Jedi with all the power of The Force flowing through you. It's ok. Admit it. This is a safe place. The Force is easily one of the coolest elements of our collective sci-fi consciousness; in many ways, redefined what science fiction could be, ... Continue Reading

Beyond God’s Limits: Tech Lessons from Babel

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I've always been intrigued by the story of Babel from the book of Genesis. It's pretty unique, as Bible stories go. 1 Now the whole world had one language and a common speech. 2 As people moved eastward, they found a plain in Shinar and settled there. 3 They said to each other, “Come, let’s make bricks and bake them thoroughly.” They used brick instead of stone, and tar for mortar. 4 Then they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city, with a tower that reaches to the heavens, so that we may ... Continue Reading

UnProgrammed: 01 Church Tech Ministry Could Lead The Charge Against Porn

Church Tech Ministry Could Lead The Charge Against Porn

I love the heart of church tech people. We want to serve the church corporately and serve well. We also love being super technical with our programming, communication, graphics, sound boards, projectors, and everything else. But sometimes we get lost in the serving and technical aspects that we lose the ability to be with people. Every other ministry has a personal connection and I feel like church tech misses this mark sometimes. One place the church tech ministry could engage and serve on an ... Continue Reading

Ultron and the Creature/Creator Relationship

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Are you a creator? Do you write, draw, paint? Do you craft stories or crochet? Do you sculpt in marble or in marble rye? (Sandwich artists, anyone?) I assume that you've said 'yes' to at least one of those because you were made in the image of God, the consummate, quintessential, original Creator. He made us to be creators, like Him, though not on the same scale. Of course, we rebelled against our Creator and messed everything up, including, especially, the Creator/creature relationship ... Continue Reading

Have You Lost ‘That’ Joy?

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Remember the first time you figured out that you love to ___________. What is it? Computer code, graphic design, an instrument, video editing? Maybe you're like me and your profession includes much of what gives you joy. Things that you enjoy doing. But even then, we can hit a point when the joy dissipates and even disappears. Something like this maybe: ... Continue Reading

Science Fiction vs. Biblical Reality: The Doctor and the Doctrine of Heaven

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Season 8 is in the books, and I think most people have finally accepted Peter Capaldi as “The Doctor.” Now, I’m not saying that I loved how this season ended, but it was definitely a well-written episode with a lot of twists and turns to take in, and certainly tons of theology to with which to concern ourselves. But first, a gentle spoiler warning: if you haven’t finished the eighth season of Doctor Who, I’d stop here. ... Continue Reading

Is It Christmas Today?

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If you're a regular ChurchMag reader, you might will know that I LOVE Christmas! In fact I run one of the biggest Christmas information sites on the web. I also run several other Christmas themed sites, including the #1 Google Rank Christmas Karaoke site, and sites where you can watch it snow any time of the year or watch an animation of the Christmas Story! For this year, I've created a new site which answers one simple festive question: It Is Christmas Today? ... Continue Reading

Finding Faith Inside the Big Blue Box: A Whovian’s 30 Day Devotional

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I have loved science fiction for as long as I can remember. It’s always been my genre of choice. Whether it was the Back to the Future trilogy, Quantum Leap, of the My Teacher is an Alien books by Bruce Coville—I have been deep into the world of mystery and wonder of science fiction for a long time. But in all of my reading and watching, I was never taken as deep into another world as I was when I found Doctor Who. Unlike so many shows, Doctor Who takes the audience far beyond what might be ... Continue Reading

Safe Travels…to Mordor!

Air New Zealand Safety Video

Technology has allowed humanity to do many amazing things, but one of the great might just be the the ability to take boring things and make them much more amazing. For proof of this, you need go no further than the following air safety video from Air New Zealand. ... Continue Reading