In S2E06, the Kingsmen and special guest, Danny Fitelson, embark on an inward journey exploring emotions in Disney Pixar’s Inside Out (2015). What is the purpose and effect of emotions and human imagination? How do Joy AND Sadness partner together in the Christian life? Don’t be afraid to let your emotions out on this episode. You might get angry and disgusted with yourself if you miss out. Trust us, you’ll be joyful that you didn’t.
What makes Inside Out such a good movie?
What happens to memories? Are they truly forgotten?
How does Bing Bong reflect Christ?
What is imagination, why is it so important for life, and how does it complement with Joy?
What is the significance of Joy as our first emotion?
What makes Joy unique in respect to the other emotions?
Why are the range of emotions equally important?
What exactly is Joy? In the general sense and specifically in Christian terms?
Why is it healthy to embrace personal and corporate sadness?
Are we allowed to feel anger, fear, or sadness?
Would relying only on emotions lead us astray?
How might reason and emotions work together in decision-making??
What is Sadness’s unique contribution that Joy could not provide?
How can Joy sustain us during the COVID-19 pandemic?
Do children have disparate feelings?
How might self-talk be so deceptive?
What is the value of going through the Pit?
Closing Remarks and Final Thoughts
Danny Fitelson is Pastor to Children and Families at First Covenant Church Oakland, and graduated from UC Santa Barbara and Fuller Seminary. He and Bethany have two young children.
In S2E05, the Kingsmen unpack the hit Disney+ series The Mandalorian (Season 1). How does the Mandalorian culture and creed sync with Christianity? In what ways do Kuiil the Ugnaught and Baby Yoda reflect the figure of Jesus Christ? How can we revolutionize a world marked by betrayal? Listen in on Joey and Simon’s conversation. Don’t miss it. We have spoken!
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!
Kylo Ren’s Mask and the Art of Kintsugi
Re-Telling & Re-Imagining of the Skywalker Myth
Our Opinion of Others Influences their Identity
Resolving Identity Crisis and Overcoming Loneliness
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.
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
00:02:44 God as Father
00:04:22 The Limitation of Analogies when Describing God
00:11:01 Commentary on the Prodigal Son Story
00:15:46 Yondu from Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2
00:21:39 Understanding Yahweh
00:22:38 God as Mother
00:23:57 Understanding El Shaddai
00:27:13 Motherly References of God in Scripture
00:29:58 Breaking In, Peppermint, and Maternal Ferocity
00:32:15 Aunt May and God’s Unavoidable Care and Compassion
00:36:29 Knowing God as Parent is a Calling
00:39:12 Motherhood and Justice
00:44:42 Knowing God as Parent is a Guide
00:48:38 Mufasa: A Close Analogy
00:53:02 T’Chaka: Dealing with the Flaws of an Admired Parent
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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00:00 – 02:52 Introduction
02:52 – 10:50 What is a Villain?
10:51 – 20:02 Case Studies of Villainous Intent
12:20 – 17: 09 Joker Portrayed by the late Heath Ledger
17:10 – 18:37 Darth Vader
18:38 – 19:22 Thanos from Avengers: Infinity War
20:03 – 25:12 How Does A Sovereign and Good God Respond to Pain and Suffering caused by Villainous Intent?