Living Lutheran:The Gifts of Discipleship inAvengers: Endgame

I’ve loved superheroes since before I could read, but I really got into comics in the early 90s, when I learned that the heroes have aged and some have passed on their identities. Former Kid Flash Wally West became the Flash, and the first Robin Dick Grayson became Nightwing and Tim Drake was now the…

Think Christian: Jesusfreak‘s Butt-Kicking Christ

When I was 12 years old, the Gandhi II bit from UHF was the funniest thing in the world. Most everything in UHF is still funny to 40-year-old me, but the Gandhi II bit seems a little easy: take a peaceful historical figure and make him an action hero. Jesusfreak, the new comic from Image…

Living Lutheran: “What Incredibles 2 teaches about heroism”

There’s been a lot written about the Randian undertones in Brad Bird’s movies, particularly The Incredibles. The sequel Incredibles 2 is a bit more blurry in its messaging, but one thing is clear: the movie worries that everyday people too quickly live vicariously through famous or “great” people. From Screenslaver’s monologue to Mr. Incredible’s storyline…

Think Christian: “Costuming in Christ”

There’s a lot of awfulness in nerd culture right now. Not only are my fellow old white male geeks trying to exclude women and people of culture, but #MeToo is revealing sexual abuse to be just as rampant there as it is in other subcultures. But during a recent trip to HeroesCon in Charlotte, I…