Look! Up in the Sky! It’s a Bird! A Plane! Jesus?

Here’s to good intentions. DC Comics has announced that the comic book giant will be releasing a new parody series based on Jesus Christ through the companies DC Vertigo line. The adult graphic novel was written by Mark Russell with artwork created by Richard Pace and will arrive on store shelves on March 6, 2019.

A far cry from earlier religious comics from Spire in the 1970's, this new one will be tried out as a limited series but could becoming a regular one if it becomes popular. Second Coming is described by DC as follows:

“Witness the return of Jesus Christ, as He is sent on a most holy mission by God to learn what it takes to be the true messiah of mankind by becoming roommates with the world’s favorite savior: the all-powerful super hero Sun-Man, the Last Son of Krispex! But when Christ returns to Earth, he’s shocked to discover what has become of his gospel—and now, he aims to set the record straight.”

At this point, it’s hard to know if Russell, who has written a …

What is Your Church Doing RIGHT?

What is your church doing right?
Stuart Miles
It may be a sad commentary about the world we live in today, but I originally wrote this post back in 2015 and didn't receive a single response. Even after promoting it on Facebook all I got in return was the sound of crickets. I would love to know what good things your church is doing in hopes of inspiring others! 

I don't know about you, but lately I've been feeling bogged down by all the Facebook posts, Christian magazine articles and pastors spewing about how awful we all are. We all hold the ideal that church is supposed to be a place of fellowship and healing, and it is supposed to be, but often that is not the case. We have all been hurt or offended or neglected in our church homes at one time or another. Anyone who says differently is either lying or are just a new Christian. Many of us, myself included, love to point the finger at others. We are shocked and offended when others fall into sin but then expect love, grace and understanding when we do. The church is full of hypocrites – like me – who go to church in hopes of changing their behavior.

Like you, I could list a selection of past hurts that I've experienced with my church background and you could either agree with me and tell me that is why you don't go to church anymore or you could chastise me for being shallow. Either way, we lose. Maybe it's time to focus on the good instead of the bad?

Over my many years of church life I have experienced more good than bad and those are the things that I want to focus on:

  • Like the pastor I grew up with who went the extra mile to make summer camp fun, memorable and faith-challenging. 
  • Like the angry woman who came to our church and the women's ministry team rallied around her letting her vent her frustrations and loved her for who she was. Today she is a beautiful example of what a life can look like when changed by Christ.
  • Like the pastor who went out of his way to tell me that I was his friend, not just a face in the crowd.
  • Like my first Sunday when I was warmly greeted at the door and I knew that it was genuine, not just her “job.”
  • Like last Sunday when my pastor shared from his heart about a subject matter that most churches want to ignore choosing compassion instead of judgment.
So, now it's your turn. What are the things that your church is getting RIGHT? Make it known in the comments section below.

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