S2E04 Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker

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In S2E04, The Kingsmen pay homage to the finale of the 49-year Star Wars saga, with Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker.

Joey and Simon reflect on how culture re-imagines mythology, how identity is formed, and the way to defeat evil without becoming evil yourself, and how God subtly works throughout the universe to rescue every creature.

The Force is strong with this one!

Outline

TimeTopic
00:00:00Introduction
00:00:42Kylo Ren’s Mask and the Art of Kintsugi
00:05:05Re-Telling & Re-Imagining of the Skywalker Myth
00:07:33Redeeming Skywalkers
00:16:28Our Opinion of Others Influences their Identity
00:25:56Resolving Identity Crisis and Overcoming Loneliness
00:44:35Overcoming Cosmic, Ultimate Evil
00:57:04Climbing out of the Pit
01:02:37The False Security of Invulnerability and Power
01:09:36Confronting Evil in Trinitarian Partnership
01:19:02Acceptance and Transformation
01:25:46The Universal Activity of the Holy Spirit
01:33:03Conclusion

S2E02 Spider-Man: Far From Home

In the consequential aftermath of Thanos destructive snap and ultimate defeat, Spiderman: Far From Home grapples with themes like grief, self-worth, following in the footsteps of heroic predecessors, the passing of the mantle, exercising discernment of character. As always, the Kingsmen analyze these themes through Christian biblical and theological perspectives.

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Contents

  1. [00:00:00] Introduction
  2. [00:00:40] The Relationship Between Iron and Spider
    1. [00:05:52] A Connection to Elijah and Elisha
    2. [00:10:50] The Trinity God Relentlessly Pursues Community
  3. [00:14:13] What Makes Spiderman Worthy?
    1. [00:19:15] Understanding Worthiness from Acts
    2. [00:26:05] Spiderman: The Best of Two Avengers
    3. [00:33:46] Secure and True to Self
  4. [00:35:55] Mysterio and False Prophets
    1. [00:39:28] What Creates a Mysterio?
    2. [00:43:44] The Reason for Forgiveness
    3. [00:49:11] The Kingsmen Hero/Villain Litmus Test
    4. [00:51:28] The Similarities of Mysterio and Satan
  5. [00:55:48] Peter Tingle and the Christian’s Spiritual Discernment
    1. [01:01:02] Prayer: Spiritual Breathing
    2. [01:05:51] Looking Beyond the Natural
  6. [01:08:42] The Reason for the Kingsmen
  7. [01:12:27] Conclusion

S1E10 Avengers: Endgame Part 2

The Kingsmen conclude their two-part discussion on Avengers : Endgame in their first season finale. Taking the approach of looking at one meta-theme of the entire film, the topic focuses on the idea of Resurrection arguing that Antman returning back from Thanos’ snap is—in a way—a kind of resurrection. And since the capstone of the Christian faith is the historical moment when Jesus rose from death to life, we explore in what ways Endgame conveys the results of resurrection and its significance.

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Timestamps of Contents

  1. [00:01:30] Introduction
  2. [00:05:04] Antman : Pioneer of Resurrection
  3. [00:07:37] 3 Eyewitness Accounts of Antman’s Resurrection
  4. [00:13:48] The Results When Resurrection ACTUALLY Happens
    1. [00:15:27] Resurrection Results in Having A Different Perspective
    2. [00:21:38] Resurrection Inspires Hope
    3. [00:28:31] Resurrection allows space for forgiveness and redemption
    4. [00:37:58] The Radical Path of Forgiving Our Enemies
  5. [00:41:32] The Impact of Resurrection
    1. [00:41:49] Resurrection Perfects Justice
    2. [00:52:48] Resurrection shows Justice is Also Restorative
    3. [00:56:55] Social Justice In Context of Christ
    4. [01:01:39] Let Your Kingdom Come
    5. [01:04:15] Where the Spirit of the Lord is, There is Freedom to…Let Go
    6. [01:05:53] Freedom From the Fear of Failures
    7. [01:12:10] Resurrection impacts the Individual
  6. [01:16:18] Everyday Heroes Doing Everyday Things
  7. [01:18:52] Conclusion

S1E09 Avengers: Endgame (Part 1)

The Kingsmen assemble! We discuss the cultural phenomenon that is Avengers: Endgame (2019).

With talking points that range from Christlike sacrifice to the astronomical significance of one rat dance, we reflect on ways that the film illuminates Christian truths.

In many ways, the Marvel Cinematic Universe is the current culture and society’s mythology. And similar to how Inkling authors like C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien approached mythologies, the Kingsmen approach this the Marvel mythology with the question, “What in this story is true?”

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Outline

00:00:00 – Introduction
00:03:03 – Heroes Sacrifice like Christ
00:07:43 – Avengers Themes: “We don’t trade lives” vs. “Whatever it takes”
00:12:22 – Selflessness as Taking Responsibility
00:15:35 – Fat Thor is a Nobler Hero
00:17:41 – Thor Giving up the Messiah Complex
00:20:52 – Avengers Teamwork Reflects God Invitation to Rescue
00:22:01 – Thor Giving Up the Throne
00:24:04 – One-Punch Man and Teamwork
00:26:11 – Every Field of the Battle is Important
00:29:15 – Partnering with God in Creation and Restoration
00:33:07 – Destinations and Trajectories for Iron-Man and Captain America
00:44:57 – Stark as Pre-Resurrection Era and Rogers as Post-Resurrection Era
00:52:29 – Forgiveness as Flexibility to Not Avenge
00:56:07 – Gamora and Nebula’s Sibling Rivalry/Love
01:04:27 – The Call from God for the Participation of Women in His plan
01:06:07 – The Snap Back and Holding onto the Painful Memory
01:15:37 – God Who Expresses Emotions
01:20:04 – The Way Arguments Cloud Judgment (Stark vs Rogers)
01:26:25 – The Depth of the Resurrection Event
01:28:10 – The Prerequisite to Forgiving an Offender
01:32:53 – The Astronomical Coincidence of Perfect Rat-Dancing
01:35:00 – Conclusion

S1E07 Aquaman

The Kingsmen return to the DCEU with a discussion on 2018’s Aquaman. In this seventh episode, we ask:

  • How might Aquaman illustrate profound Christian concepts like the Incarnation, kingship, and the divine trajectory of peace and unity?
  • How does peace overcome violence and tyranny?
  • And, most importantly what attributes characterize a true hero?

Apparently, Aquaman does more than just talking to fish!

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Contents

  1. [00:00 – 04: 17] Introduction & Personal Review of Aquaman Film
  2. [04:18 – 17:44] Hollywood and Christian Themes
  3. [17:45 – 23:07] Aquaman: Both from the Land and from the Sea
  4. [23:07 – 32:41] Oceanmaster, Tribalism, and the Necessity of a
    Mediator
  5. [32:42 – 44:49] Hesitation and Acceptance of Responsibility
  6. [44:50 – 50:25] Christus Victor & Faithfulness of Aquaman
  7. [50:26 – 53:09] Oceanmaster’s Markings of Tyranny
  8. [53: 10 – 61: 16] Aquaman: Authority, Armor, and Talking to
    Fish
  9. [61 :17 – 63:02] The Armor of God
  10. [63:03 – 64:62] Jesus: The Sacrificial King
  11. [64:63 – 69:39] Mercy: The Qualifier of the True King
  12. [69:40 – 77:07] Trappings of Bitterness and the Relief Thereof
  13. [77:08 – 82:32] Violence and Deception: Marks of Injustice
  14. [82:33 – 89:48] Cain and Abel: Overcoming Sin
  15. [89:49 – 96:01] Concluding Remarks: Responsibility of
    Brotherhood