In today’s culture the church is constantly scratching its head thinking of ways in which it can communicate in new and fresh ways the Gospel of Jesus Christ. This does not mean compromising what we believe is truth, it means thinking out of the box in new and creative ways that will help people to realise their need of a Saviour.
Lol Scott Farnell has had one of those ideas that you could easily talk yourself out of. She approached me and said I have this crazy idea to show all the 21 Marvel films in the church over the first part of the summer holidays, and invite young and older people to gather Monday – Friday at 7pm to watch these films for free on DVD.
I encouraged Lol’s crazy idea and the enclosed gives you a breakdown of the film titles and when they will be shown. Many of you may not initially see the relevance of this but let me drop a few seeds in to get you thinking. I would say that every Marvel film is basically about Good versus Bad. Some bad guy with extraordinary powers wants to rule the earth and some other character or characters with similar extraordinary powers wants to stop them for the sake of humankind.
So every plot means that the world is looking for a Saviour. Are you slowly getting the link?
Good, because we know that although the themes of these films are fantasy the battle between good and evil is very real.
Marvel comics have not been known for promoting the idea of a divine Saviour, they have of course delved into the world of Norse and Greek Gods with a dash of eastern spirituality, but they have over the decades tried to give people some big clues as to the existence of a greater being. In a 1968 issue of Fantastic Four, when her husband Reed Richards was in grave danger, Sue asks “But what can he do …against the all powerful Silver Surfer?” A Watcher, an ancient, wise being named Uatu responds, “All powerful? There is only one who deserves that name. And his only weapon….is Love” Probably the best possible description of God, since as the apostle John says “God is Love” ( 1 John 4:8 ).
In April 1976, Marvel gave God a title when it introduced an omniscient, omnipresent, omnipotent being called “The One Above All”. He was more powerful and exalted than any entity or god in the entire Marvel universe. Even the Norse God of Thunder Thor, was in awe of him, calling Him “the Creator of all Universes”. The One Above All was responsible for the existence of all matter, energy, and life throughout every dimension.
We will on some of the evenings give out some handouts to those present explaining some of these things and to direct people to the Judeo/ Christian God who is exactly that. “The One Above All.”
Tell people about it and come along with your bag of popcorn.
Complete Movie Listing – Doors open 20 minutes before movie start time
- Monday 22nd July 7pm – Captain America: The First Avenger
- Tuesday 23rd July 7pm – Captain Marvel
- Wednesday 24th July 7pm – Iron Man
- Thursday 25th July 7pm – Iron Man 2
- Friday 26th July 6pm – The Incredible Hulk
- Friday 26th July 8pm – Thor
- Monday 29th July 7pm – The Avengers
- Tuesday 30th July 7pm – Iron Man 3
- Wednesday 31st July 7pm – Thor: The Dark World
- Thursday 1st August 7pm – Captain America: The Winter Soldier
- Friday 2nd August 6pm – Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 1
- Friday 2nd August 8:15pm – Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2
- Monday 5th August 7pm – Avengers: Age of Ultron
- Tuesday 6th August 7pm – Ant-Man
- Wednesday 7th August 7pm – Captain America: Civil War
- Thursday 8th August 7pm – Black Panther
- Friday 9th August 6pm – Spider-man: Homecoming
- Friday 9th August 8:30pm – Dr Strange
- Monday 12th August 7pm – Thor: Ragnarok
- Tuesday 13th August 7pm – Avengers Infinity War
- Wednesday 14th August 7pm – Ant-Man and the Wasp
- Friday 6th September 7pm – Avengers: End Game