Why Jesus?

Photograph of a painting by Daniel Bonnell, called The Baptism of the Christ.  It represents the beginning and the end of Christ’s ministry:  The Baptism relates to the Crucifixion because it represents a dying and rising.  The original is in Saint George’s Cathedral in Jerusalem.  This version hangs in a humble and small African-American Church in South Carolina.  Another version hangs in the Mayo Clinic entrance in Minnesota.  Daniel Bonnell teaches art to at-risk inner city high school students. Used with permission.

 
 

The Theology of Marvel’s Black Panther (45 - 60 minute presentation, or 2 hour presentation with discussion) A fun exploration of the movie as social commentary, reliance on actual African and African-American history affected by Christian faith, and concepts of good and evil which are ultimately theological. Why is Wakanda like Ethiopia? How does the T’Challa vs. Killmonger dynamic play out like the MLK vs. Malcolm X dynamic?

The Theology of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings (shorter presentation; 50 - 60 minutes) Tolkien was writing an equivalent to an "Old Testament" which he thought existed among the Angles (English) before Christian faith was preached to them.  See also Tim Hickson, Tolkien’s Philosophy: Why Couldn’t Frodo Destroy the One Ring (Hello Future Me, Apr 27, 2019), Like Stories of Old, Heroism and Moral Victory - The Lord of the Rings, Part 1 (Like Stories of Old, Aug 24, 2018) and Like Stories of Old, A Mythology of Hope - The Lord of the Rings, Part 2 (Like Stories of Old, Aug 31, 2018)

The Theology of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter (40 minute presentation) A fun exploration of J.K. Rowling's reliance on Christian motifs and the biblical plot arc. Why is book 4 the turning point of the 7 books? Why do the two New Testament passages quoted in book 7 summarize the whole story? Why did Harry have to surrender his life?

messages on the Story of jesus

 The Jesus Story vs. Other Messianic Stories

The Happy Ending:  Will It Happen to Me?  To Us?

Where is God in Pain, Especially Mine?

Desires, Beliefs, and How We Know Truth

Sex and Social Justice: Does the Christian View of Sex Make Any Sense? 

Does the Bible Have Evidence of Supernatural Design?