Iron Man 3 was a blast. It was humorous, action packed, full of cool new gadgets and upgrades, and had a solid and unexpected twist. It was inappropriate at times with language and sexuality, which is pretty much par for the course with Tony Stark. I was mildly annoyed twice when Tony is saved by gadgets he happened to have on him the whole time. This installment of Iron Man was quite different from the last two in the way it was directed, narrated, and even the plot structure and camera angles. It was a lot of fun, but there is something about it that left me unsure how I'd rate it. For now I'm thinking it was better than the sequel but not as good as part one. Vague Spoilers Follow...
Last weekend, I went to an Acquire the Fire conference with the youth group. The speaker brought a really good message that I'd like to share with you. His name is Mike Guzzardo. I'll be paraphrasing what he said and sharing what I learned.
We all want to be cool. No one epitomizes this more than Tom from Parks and Recreation. But we are all like Tom in one way or another. We want people to like us. We want to be popular. We want to dress in style. We fear being uncool. We fear wearing a lame outfit. We fear being made fun of. We jump through a lot of hoops to be cool. But what is cool?
Cool is this ever changing thing that only matters because we think it does. What was cool in our parent's generation is now totally lame. What is cool today will be lame in less than ten years. Cool doesn't even make sense half of the time. Cool has told guys to wear their pants halfway down their waists and told girls to take those stupid tongue sticking out pictures on Facebook. But we do it to be cool. Is it worth it?
I'm going to be going through the book of Ephesians on Mondays. I'm going to only do a couple of verses at a time and it may look more like a commentary than a devotional. Hopefully, it will be a mix of both. This might be more of a study type thing for anyone who reads it than a pure devotional, but if that's what you're looking for then you can find it here on Mondays.
Paul an apostle
Paul introduces himself here as the author of the letter to the Ephesians. He also identifies himself here as an apostle of Christ Jesus. The word apostle comes from the Greek word apostolos which has the meaning of a delegate or envoy or a "sent out one". The title means that Paul has been sent out and commissioned by Jesus. Paul can say this because the resurrected Jesus appeared to him on the road to Damascus and called him.
Mark has been happily married for five years, has a year and a half old daughter, and serves as a youth and children pastor in Oak Park.