Archive for Holidays

#1067 – Easter Letdown

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on April 7, 2015 by scotthiga

I am really excited for Avengers: Age of Ultron and The Force Awakens. I have been looking forward to both of these movies for quite some time, years in fact. With all of that build up, though, it’s easy to experience some amount of letdown. I think that both movies will be good and live up to the hype, but after I see them it’s like a balloon popping. Years of filling up those balloons and then…pop! It’s all over.

Easter is starting to feel like that for me. Continue reading

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#1065 – MCU Holy Week: Good Friday

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on April 3, 2015 by scotthiga

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Good Friday has become one of my favorite holidays. I look forward to it more and more with each passing year. Obviously Easter is the apex of the Christian faith, but I appreciate the opportunity Good Friday gives us to pause and reflect.

The celebration of Easter is only possible because of the suffering of Good Friday.

The new dawn of Easter is only possible because of the long night of Good Friday.

The life of Easter is only possible because of the death of Good Friday.

There is so much to think about on Good Friday, so many different ways that God can speak to us. As we look at Good Friday through the lens of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, though, Jesus’s willingness to offer up his life definitely sticks out.

Jesus intentionally left heaven so that he could live among us and eventually offer up his life as a sacrifice for us. Jesus placed the needs of humanity, our needs, above his own. Jesus saw us in our sin, separated from the Father, and took it upon himself to save us.

While Jesus’s is the greatest and most fruitful sacrifice of all time, we can see glimpses of it all throughout the Marvel Cinematic Universe.  Continue reading

#1064 – MCU Holy Week: Maundy Thursday

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on April 2, 2015 by scotthiga

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Eating is one of my favorite parts about life. Even though I’m trying to be better with my diet, I still enjoy eating; I’m just trying to enjoy healthier options and smaller portions of said options.

Maundy Thursday is Holy Week’s celebration of food and fellowship. On the night before he was betrayed, Jesus sat down to one last meal with his disciples. On the final night before his crucifixion, before his earthly ministry would culminate in his death and resurrection, Jesus chose to share a meal with his closest friends. Jesus’s choice to have dinner speaks to the inherent value of eating with friends and family. Continue reading

#1052 – Unholy Breakfast Cereals

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on March 17, 2015 by scotthiga

Here is the first post I wrote in honor of St. Patrick’s Day at The Christian Nerd.

Today is St. Patrick’s Day. It’s a time to celebrate, eat corned beef and break off all communication with any friends that pinch you for not wearing green. It’s also a time to reflect upon how our culture and society have been influenced and shaped by the Irish. That influence can be summed up with one image.

That’s right. The Lucky Charms leprechaun, Lucky.

Unfortunately, everything that usually goes into the celebration of St. Patrick’s Day has nothing to do with St. Patrick himself. Shamrocks, Guinness and marshmallow cereal may have something to do with Ireland, but they have little to do with St. Patrick and his ministry. Everyone focuses on Lucky the leprechaun instead of looking at St. Patrick and his mission and ministry to the people of Ireland.

But Lucky the leprechaun isn’t the only cereal mascot pulling people’s focus away from the things of God. Continue reading

#1033 – Ash Wednesday

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on February 18, 2015 by scotthiga

Today is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of the Lenten season. Ash Wednesday is a day to reflect on our mortality; we come from ashes and to ashes we will return. In the past I’ve written about those nerdy characters who wanted to cheat death. This year I thought we’d kick off Ash Wednesday and Lent by looking at those characters who don’t need to cheat death.

Elves

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#998 – Personal Nativity

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on December 17, 2014 by scotthiga

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Christmas Eve is a week from today, which means a week from today many of us will find ourselves at church celebrating the birth of Christ. Ever since I started working at a church I have spent my Christmas Eves at work. I don’t mind, though; it’s a lot of fun seeing friends and family, especially with everyone in the Christmas spirit.

Nativity scenes are one of my favorite parts about Christmas. I have one that I took from my mom when I moved out and Alycia was given a cat nativity last year. Regardless of what kind of nativity we have, we can see ourselves in the different figures. Continue reading

#995 – What the Elf on the Shelf?

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on December 12, 2014 by scotthiga

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I love Christmas and I love Christmas traditions.

I loved gathering with most of my family on Christmas Eve for a traditional Swedish smorgasbord.

I loved waking up on Christmas morning and eating my mom’s homemade cinnamon rolls.

I loved reading the Christmas story before opening presents.

In more recent years I’ve loved waking up on Christmas morning and having a little time just with Alycia.

I’ve loved spending my Christmas Eve at church with all of my coworkers.

And before I was married I loved going to different restaurants and homes with my roommates to steal ornaments for our tree.

I’m looking forward to continuing some old traditions and starting some new ones when Alycia and I have kids. There is one tradition that I hope we never implement with our children:

Elf on the Shelf. Continue reading