S2E03 Superman

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When it comes to the widespread influence of popular culture, one does not have to go too far than with the prevailing impact of Superman. Ever since his creation, Superman has sparked the imagination of every generation launching a new genre of storytelling. In this episode, the Kingsmen explore what makes this hero so fascinating to people and how Superman reflects truths about Jesus and Christianity.

Timestamp of Contents

  • [00:00:00] San Diego Comic Con: Affirm or Counter Culture?
  • [00:04:45] Superman’s Dual Identities as Same and Other
  • [00:08:55] Superman: Analogy and Inspiration of the Incarnate Jesus 
  • [00:13:38] Jesus and Superman’s Scandalous Compassion 
  • [00:19:50] A Hero’s Gentleness and Self-Control
  • [00:23:22] Superman’s Value of Free Will
  • [00:26:37] Lex Luthor: Antithesis of Superman
  • [00:32:50] Why Does Superman Help Other People?
  • [00:37:00] What Makes Superman Good?

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S2E01 God as Parent

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Among all the analogies that Christians use to describe God, none has been more central than the concept of God as Parent. In the second season opener, the Kingsmen reflect on both the paternal and maternal qualities of God. As usual, the Kingsmen suggest several movie references that showcase this concept of God as Parent.

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Timestamp of Contents

  1. 00:00:00 Introduction
  2. 00:02:44 God as Father
    1. 00:04:22 The Limitation of Analogies when Describing God
    2. 00:11:01 Commentary on the Prodigal Son Story
    3. 00:15:46 Yondu from Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2
    4. 00:21:39 Understanding Yahweh 
  3. 00:22:38 God as Mother
    1. 00:23:57 Understanding El Shaddai
    2. 00:27:13 Motherly References of God in Scripture
    3. 00:29:58 Breaking In, Peppermint, and Maternal Ferocity
    4. 00:32:15 Aunt May and God’s Unavoidable Care and Compassion
  4. 00:36:29 Knowing God as Parent is a Calling
    1. 00:39:12 Motherhood and Justice
  5. 00:44:42 Knowing God as Parent is a Guide
    1. 00:48:38 Mufasa: A Close Analogy
    2. 00:53:02 T’Chaka: Dealing with the Flaws of an Admired Parent
  6. 00:55:53 Conclusion

S1E08 Villainy & Devilry

The Kingsmen explore the idea of villains.

What makes a bad guy “bad”?

By discussing some iconic villains like Darth Vader, the Joker, Thanos and Cersei, we sketch the outlines of what makes a person a villain versus a hero.

Like always, we draw parallels between pop culture and the Christian perspective. In this episode, we discuss how villains share some sort of character trait with the Devil/Satan, namely, the elevation of oneself at the cost of others.

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Contents

  1. 00:00 – 02:52 Introduction
  2. 02:52 – 10:50 What is a Villain?
  3. 10:51 – 20:02 Case Studies of Villainous Intent
    1. 12:20 – 17: 09 Joker Portrayed by the late Heath Ledger
    2. 17:10 – 18:37 Darth Vader
    3. 18:38 – 19:22 Thanos from Avengers: Infinity War  
  4. 20:03 – 25:12 How Does A Sovereign and Good God Respond to Pain and Suffering caused by Villainous Intent?
  5. 25:13 – 29:55 Inhumane Practices Dehumanizing Humans
  6. 29:56 – 39:35 Idolatry as a Source of Villainy
  7. 39:36 – 50:29 The Thin Line of Culpability and Breaking the Cycle of Violence
  8. 50:30 – 54:16 Naruto and the Christian Virtue of Taking the Penalty for a Criminal
  9. 54:17 – 01:12:42 Does Current Society Sympathize with Villains, and Why?
  10. 01:12:43 – 01:15:32 The Line Between Hero and Villain
  11. 01:15:33 – 01:23:06 The Biblical Narrative’s Baddest Villain, Satan
  12. 01:23:07 – 01:29:39 Satan’s Flawed Authority vs. God’s True Authority
  13. 01:29:40 – 01:42:13 What is the Proper Response to Villains?
  14. 01:42:14 – 01:43:58 Conclusion