Reflections on Faith and Community

Dear friends,

On this page, you will find weekly reflections on life and faith. My hope is that, in some way, they will prove helpful to you in your daily living. You can also find them on the church's YouTube Channel in the "Weekly Word" playlist. May God bless you on the spiritual journey.

Andrew S. Odom

03/18/2019 7:11 PM

God in the Movies

03/18/2019 7:11 PM
03/18/2019 7:11 PM

Is there any place I can go to avoid your Spirit? to be out of your sight? If I climb to the sky, you’re there! If I go underground, you’re there! If I flew on morning’s wings to the far western horizon, You’d find me in a minute—you’re already there waiting! (Psalm 139:7-10)

Sunday evening, the CCPC youth were given an assignment. They may not realize that they were actually given an assignment, but they were. What was it? Look for God in a place you never expected. The youth went together as a group to see Captain Marvel, the latest movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. For them, I’m sure it simply felt like another fun even together, seeing a popular movie. But next Sunday, Chris Lee will join them to talk about the underlying theology of a movie like that. In other words, they are going to talk about seeing God in the story of the movie.

The psalmist talks like it is not possible to not see God. If I climb to the sky, you’re there! If I go underground, you’re there! If I go see Captain Marvel, you’re already there waiting. Having the eyes of the psalmist is to have the kind of eyes that see God everywhere, even in the most unlikely of places. My grandfather used to talk about “seeing the world through the eyes of God.” So often, we walk out of church and turn off our “God thinking.” We stop looking for God. The psalmist challenges us to do the exact opposite, looking for God absolutely everywhere. I’m sure this Sunday’s conversation will be a good one, but the greater gift it will give is the gift of having eyes that actually look, all the time, everywhere.


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