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

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

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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Aquaman Cover - Kingsmen Podcast

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