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Thanos, a prominent villain in Marvel comic books who was featured in several theatrical movies, was created by Jim Starlin with help from his roommate Mike Friedrich, who wrote the first stories featuring the character. Photo courtesy of Disney Movies.
July 15, 2019 | UM News
For a United Methodist deacon, the Rev. Mike Friedrich has a whole bunch of crime and violence in his past. That includes Thanos, the world-destroying villain in Marvel Comics and movies.
Friedrich also mysteriously pops up at the occasional Hollywood film premiere. And then there are those unexpected royalty checks in his mailbox from time to time.
“I’m an emerging ministries specialist for the Bay District of the California-Nevada Conference,” Friedrich said in an interview with UM News.
“I’m the one dealing with all the redevelopment ideas,” he said. “I’m in a district, which is a really urban district, so I’m dealing with what it means for churches to exist in an urban environment.”
But lately, Friedrich is getting attention again for his first career, launched as a teenager.
On July 19 in San Diego, Friedrich will receive the Bill Finger Award for Excellence in Comic Book Writing at the Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards 2019, held at Comic-Con International. The award honors writers who have thus far not received their rightful reward or recognition.
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Thursday, July 25, 2019
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by Kim Hirt
Children at the Altar, John 13: 1-17
Scripture Luke 22:24-27
Jesus taught many lessons in His 3 years of ministry. And this one on being a servant leader seems to be the hardest one for the Disciples to comprehend. The Jews were still looking for their King, The Warrior, the ONE who was going to be the Greatest, to Rise up and take over. Jesus style of displaying greatness was to offer compassion, be humble love unconditionally and be of service to others. Putting others first.
Quite opposite of the wordly view then and even today. People tend to equate greatness with Power, with being first , more recognition. We tend today to live in a Me, Me society.
In the bible passage Jesus describes worldly leadership—where the Kings exercise Lordship over them and demand the title Benefactor. A benefactor can do nice things for others…so it appears. But their motive could be for selfish reasons. They tend to use their position for personal gain, even at the expense of others. I’m sure you can think of several instances of people in Power who have used their power for the the wrong reasons. Even the church has had its problems with people in power…which is one reason we have safe sanctuary policies now. We all need to be accountable for our actions and need to explore our own intentions of how we have used our position of power. As a parent, coach, mentor, witness, teacher , friend. What are our reasons for wht we do..
How can we be a servant leader? What is a servant leader.
Wednesday, July 17, 2019
6-7 July 2019, Christ Mountain Top
Praying the Scripture, Psalm 27
Children, Matthew 13.44-46
Message, Philippians 3
Lots going on
Versus legalism (become Jewish, be circumcised, observe Torah)
Versus libertine (follow desire, “god is their stomach”)
Focus in each contrast is Jesus first. All about Jesus.
“I want to know Christ and …”
Two images used:
Accounting language of profit/loss (gain, loss)
Racing language, forgetting what is behind and pressing on
“I have more”
Trophies, SAT scores, NHS president, student body president
My dog is smarter than your honor student
“I am out of my mind”
2 Corinthians 11:23 Are they ministers of Christ? I am talking like a madman-- I am a better one: with far greater labors, far more imprisonments, with countless floggings, and often near death.
Tuesday, July 16, 2019
Bishop Gabriel Yemba Unda washes his hands during the Kivu Annual Conference in Goma, Congo. Unda invited conference speakers to observe five minutes of prayer for those affected by the region's Ebola outbreak, which began last August. Photo by Philippe Kituka Lolanga, UM News.
June 25, 2019 | BENI, Congo (UM News)
... Aimerance Kiyombo, a member of United Methodist Women in Beni, also survived Ebola and said she was shunned by her community. She said she was humiliated when she went to the market as people stared and made fun of her.
Friday, July 12, 2019
29-30 June 2019, Christ Mountain Top
Praying the Scripture, on unity,
from John 17, Ephesians 4, Psalm 133
Children, Matthew 18.19-20
Message, Philippians 2.12-30
Much drawn from 7/17/2005 CrossWalk Community at SSE
The Big Bang Theory, Friendship Algorithm
Timothy, Model of Priority: Self-interest or Jesus-interest?
You can tell if someone is interested
Or being polite
How distracted are they with their watch or phone?
Are they just waiting to talk to someone else?
Is their friendly behavior a pretext?
Thursday, July 11, 2019
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22-23 June 2019, Christ Mountain Top
Praying the Scripture, Philippians 1.21 – 2.5 (selections)
Message, Philippians 2.5-11
The focus of our time today is on this hymn of the early church, quoted by Paul in his letter to the Philippians. But first, what is going on in the context of this letter?
Began with his joy and gratitude, the emotional/spiritual bond. Paul talks about the shared experience of the gospel and the grace of God, the “fellowship”, the “partnership”, the “sharing”.
Offers encouragement in suffering that is both physical and emotional, by sharing his experience in jail (again) and the rivals who preach Jesus to stir up more trouble for Paul, and by putting his own trust in Jesus
Acknowledges the suffering they are experiencing: Philippians 1:29-30 For he has graciously granted you the privilege not only of believing in Christ, but of suffering for him as well-- 30 since you are having the same struggle that you saw I had and now hear that I still have. (That is, some of them may be in prison like Paul.)
Acknowledges some conflict that is emerging in the congregation: Philippians 4:2 I urge Euodia and I urge Syntyche to be of the same mind in the Lord.
So, the church in Philippi is under pressure. And, under pressure, even the most healthy and stable systems manifest stress, and stress fractures. Have you ever been surprised at your bad behavior when under pressure? Have you ever been surprised at the bad behavior of a friend or colleague when under pressure?
Saturday, July 6, 2019
Students practice traditional dance and music at Ngundu Primary School in Buhera, Zimbabwe. The once-ailing school now has new classrooms and teacher quarters built through the Chabadza Community Development Program, a partnership between The United Methodist Church in Norway and Zimbabwe. Photo by Kudzai Chingwe, UMNS.
May 28, 2019 | BUHERA, Zimbabwe (UMNS)
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The faithful sing religious songs outside the Legislative Council building in Hong Kong as they protest a proposed extradition bill with China. One hymn in particular, “Sing Hallelujah to the Lord,” has become an unofficial anthem, says Ben Ho, a Methodist from Hong Kong. REUTERS/Thomas Peter