The very first Star Wars movie was released over 40 years ago. Multiple trilogies and TV shows later, I think it is safe to say Star Wars holds a significant place in American pop culture. Franchises that persist through time have a way of influencing how people think about the world (some people have reportedly claimed “Jedi” as their religion in formal documents). So, even if you are not a fan of the galaxy far, far away, there are certain concepts in the films that are worth thinking about. This February, I am going to examine some of the more “religious” ideas in the Star Wars universe, to see how they compare with Christian teachings about the Holy Spirit, Good vs Evil, and the Communion of Saints. For people who are well-versed in Star Wars lore, this will be an exercise in similarities and contrasts. For people who have never watched a Star Wars film, it will be a chance to brush up on pop culture trivia. However, more than anything, it will be a serious examination of classic Christian theology. So join me this February to read 1 Corinthians and reflect on how close to home the teachings are from A Galaxy Far, Far Away.
Weekly Bible Readings
1 Corinthians 2:6-13
1 Corinthians 13:4-13
1 Corinthians 15:12-19
1 Corinthians 15:50-55
Star Wars Movie Marathon
This February I am going on a journey to the galaxy far, far away. While there are many movies and TV shows in the Star Wars universe, the sermons are going to concentrate on the original trilogy. For anyone who has never watched the films, or for anyone who would like an excuse to re-watch them for the 100th time – or, really, for anyone who is looking for something to do for movie night – here is your guide to follow along.
Week 1: Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope
Week 2: Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back
Week 3: Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi
Week 4: Take your pick from the rest!*
*My Favorite movie from the non-original-trilogy films is Rogue One
Ryan began his pastoral ministry at Maize Manor United Methodist Church in 2014 after serving at the Church of the Messiah in Westerville, Ohio. He lives in Columbus with his wife, Mariellyn, and five children. Visit the Staff Page to learn more about Pastor Ryan.