Geeks of Christ Presents! October 5, 2012 Edition

Here’s a list of what I’ve been reading, listening to, watching, whatever from around the web.

The Last Thing Ray Bradbury Ever Wrote

In which the master of science-fiction confirms the identity of his god and asks the questions he, nor his god, could ever answer.

When I was seven years old, I started going to the library and I took out ten books a week. The librarian looked at me and asked, ‘What are you doing?’

The Clues of Creation: God Is Not Hiding

by Jared C Wilson

They wake up, go about their routines, and go to bed, only to start the ritual all over again. Sometimes they suspect the world is trying to tell them something about itself and what’s outside of it, but they fail over and over again to put those clues together. They are like a person who finds a watch on the sidewalk and assumes it is the natural result of millions of years of sand, wind, and sun.

The Grimm Reality of Childhood

by Chris Nye

These students have been hidden from the one reality they need to know: life is dangerous.
In the attempt to keep their children “innocent” and “free,” parents tell their children a different type of fairy tale, a modern American story: everyone loves you because you’re special, you are good at everything you try, and if you work hard enough and be a good little boy or girl, you’ll be successful.

The Great TNG@25 Theology Trek: “Where No One Has Gone Before”

by Michael Poteet

“The sickly, shy, bookish, eight-year-old Roddenberry dreamed, he says, ‘of a better world in which people would look past our exteriors and see whatever loveliness we have inside us.’ In response to his parents’ no doubt well-intentioned concern for him, he reflects, ‘Ah, how lovely all our daughters are inside, how fearless all our sons, if only we could see it.’

Geeks of Christ Presents…June 8, 2012

Here’s a list of what I’ve been reading, listening to, watching, whatever from around the web. 

Comic Book Casting: The Adam Strange Movie


by Chris Arrant

If only.

IF ONLY!


This is a really fun weekly thing done over at iFanboy, my favorite comic book site. It’s the sort of fantasy football for nerds. Anyway, I really like his choices, particularly Felicity Jones. My wife and I recently watched her in Northanger Abbey. Just gorgeous – the movie, the players, the costumes. Everything. Highly recommended. And she demonstrates an ability that would translate well in an Adam Strange film, should one ever be filmed.

Aliens

by Scott Higa

The Christian Nerd is gearing up for Prometheus this weekend by taking a look back at the Alien franchise.

There weren’t a lot of likable characters in Alien other than Ripley and the cat; and Ripley risking her life to save the cat was one of the most confusing aspects of the first film. Having Ripley interact with a little girl, Newt, brought a relational element that was missing from Alien.

Jonah

I’ve been listening to this sermon series on Jonah. Driscoll’s away and the campus pastors of Mars Hill provide the teaching here.

As usual, James Harleman tells a great story and lets Scripture pierce my heart. I recommend checking it out.

What Ray Bradbury understood about innocence and loss

by Andy Rau

Of course, Ray Bradbury passed away this week. You can take your pick of obituary. This one touches on a few of the spiritual aspects of his writing.

Bradbury had an eye for aspects of spirituality that escape most authors, Christian or otherwise. For one, he acknowledges the genuine attractiveness of evil, while also recognizing its ultimate emptiness.

A Tale of Two Cities

And finally, I recommend Paul Adams’ brilliant reading of Dickens’ masterpiece. It’s free. He’s awesome. The book is nearly excellent. Listen to it.

And then watch the Ronald Colman movie version.

And, for all you nerds, if you haven’t ever read this book, your Star Trek II experience is definitely lacking!

A great author has died

Ray Bradbury died today at 91.

Through him I was introduced to the world of sci-fi beyond TV and comics. I think the first story I read of his was There Will Come Soft Rains. The premise that our machines will just on doing what we programmed them to do even if we were all suddenly struck dead disturbed my young mind. It didn’t disturb me too much, because I always came back for more.

Like those robotic household appliances, carrying on long after their makers are gone, so will the stories of Bradbury carry on. Kids will be uncovering his treasure trove of a library for centuries to come.

Thank you for the stories.