The newest Superman film, Man of Steel, has caught the attention of filmgoers for its action-packed re-imagination of the classic superhero tale. Darker and grittier than previous films the hero, played by Henry Cavill, is far more emotionally conflicted as he is torn between his human upbringing and alien origin.
Despite a Christian tendency to see the gospel in every film, many critics have picked up on the allusions in Man of Steel. Indeed the film itself draws attention to the messiah-like nature of its protagonist having Clark Kent sat in a
I often hear the Bible characterized as an instruction manual. But instruction manuals are mono-layered, have a single purpose and method. If I want real, life-giving, applicable, intimate advice, I don’t go to my IKEA flat-pack furniture manual, I go to a close friend. A well-chosen friend can offer me what the manual can’t. They still offer instruction, sure, but their words mingle with empathy, love, care, respect and all manner of other emotions to offer an experience-drenched interaction, not just a dry, lifeless transfer of information.
If we are going to take hold of the vision that God has given us for planting churches, impacting regions and transforming society then we also need more leaders. We need the sort of leaders who love God and cherish his word, who understand how the story of scripture hangs together, how it changes lives and thrusts us out into God’s world with a zeal for mission.
Launched in 2011, KST has been designed to offer an innovative way to train leaders who are well equipped theologically as part of the Salt and Light 2020vision.
Although the TV series ‘Doctor Who’ is classed as science fiction, it has a broad appeal beyond sci-fi fans and ‘trekkies.’ It mixes genres of comedy, drama, humour, thriller, and epic—and you never know what mixture any given episode will have.
The Doctor, a humanoid from the planet Gallifrey, takes companions from Earth with him on his time-travelling escapades across the universe. Sometimes they have adventures in the past, encountering Caesar or Van Gogh.
“. . . but you will have power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you” (Acts 1:8)
This Bible verse distinguishes Christianity from almost all other religions and philosophies. They are in essence ideas, systems of thought, patterns of prescribed behaviour or ways of life. They assume that if we just get the right teaching, the right understanding, the right lifestyle, then humanity will be saved and will progress towards perfect flourishing. But Christianity does not assume this.
These controversial issues have one important thing in common: there are people who believe different things about them who claim the Bible supports their view. They disagree on all kinds of things, but they agree that the Bible should dictate what they believe about them. They just interpret the Bible differently.
So obviously, the way you interpret the bible is important.
Hermeneutics is the study of how to interpret The bible.