Category: Reviews Written by Ryan Denison
The film opens in Ancient Egypt where the first mutant, the aptly-named Apocalypse, is aging and seeks to transfer his presence into a younger, more suitable mutant host. We eventually learn that he has done this for quite some time, accumulating new powers and growing stronger with each transition. However, things quickly go awry for the self-proclaimed god as the humans he rules trap him inside a sunken pyramid where he lies dormant for thousands of years until he's finally reawakened in 1983.
Apocalypse quickly gathers four mutants, called his four horsemen, to serve as his accomplices in an effort to regain his place atop the world. Magneto, grieving from a particularly tragic episode after trying to live in relative peace and anonymity for the past several years, joins him as one of the four horsemen. Consequently, he finds himself standing in opposition to Charles Xavier and his students once again. From here, the film continues largely as one might expect.
While X-Men: Apocalypse was entertaining throughout, the sheer number of characters made it feel, at times, a bit rushed with none of them really staying on screen for very long before transitioning to the next group. There are some great actors and actresses in this movie, though, and they make the most of what screen time they have.
As Christians, God wants us to do something similar with our lives. While some are called to more public roles in his kingdom, most of us have been given a purpose and a place that often appears relatively minor by comparison to the pastors, ministers, and other "professional Christians" that we see in church each Sunday. That's not how God sees it though. In his eyes, our role in the kingdom, no matter how small it may appear to us, is just as important as that of any other believer (1 Corinthians 12).
The question we have to ask ourselves, however, is whether or not that will be enough for us. Will we be satisfied with knowing that we have done our best in whatever part God has given us? Will it be enough to know that God is pleased when it seems like he's the only one that truly appreciates all that we do?
Those are not always easy questions to answer, or at least easy answers to truly accept, when we look back at the time and effort we've put into serving the Lord in ways that only he really understands. And while few, if any, of us will ever get to the point that we do not desire the approval and recognition of others, we can find true peace and contentment only when God's approval and recognition are enough.
So whatever your divinely-granted part in God's kingdom plans may be, ask him to help you find peace and contentment in the knowledge that he is pleased when we do our best, through his power and guidance, to fulfill that purpose. And if that doesn't seem like enough today, know that he understands that as well but longs to help you get to the place where it is. Will you let him?
Category: Reviews Written by Ryan Denison
Most of that conflict revolves around the world's response to the collateral damage caused by the various Avengers in their previous films (this article has a good recap of what you need to know from those films before seeing this movie). The destruction of Sokovia at the end of Avengers: Age of Ultron is perhaps the most important example of such damage. Consequently, a group of world leaders from the United Nations decided that greater oversight of the team was needed and have formed a council to regulate when and where these superheroes are able to intervene.
Category: Reviews Written by Nick Pitts
Crouch crafts a 2x2 chart formed by two axes—authority and vulnerability. The vertical axis is authority, defined as meaningful action that allows one to exercise a measure of dominion in the world in order to make a difference as image bearers. The horizontal axis is vulnerability. "The vulnerability that leads to flourishing," Crouch says, "requires risk, which is the possibility of loss—the chance that when we act, we will lose something we value."
These two axes divide the chart into four quadrants. A flourishing life leads up and to the right. But the road to flourishing is not straight and the idea of flourishing is not simple. Crouch's understanding of flourishing is less health and wealth, and more of "how it cares for the most vulnerable."
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