Posé: A pause or rest stop along the Voyageurs' portage trail. Usually about ½ mile apart. We invite you to take a pause in your day to reflect and pray with us.
In May 1939 an icon was born, as Detective Comic Issue #27 unveiled The Batman. Bill Finger wrote about Batman at the time saying, "Batman was originally written in the style of the pulps", and this influence was evident with Batman showing little remorse over killing or maiming criminals." Quickly though, the writers decided that wasn't the kind of person the Batman should be - and so soon after the beginning Batman became one who refused to kill or shoot.
In the 1960's Batman got a cheery face lift! "Holy botox Batman!" Dana nana nana nana nana... BATMAN!!! For a while there, Batman had become a comic figure, running down the street carrying a big bomb over his head as the fuse was burning down, taking his situations seriously, no matter what comic hilarity was going on.
In the 1970's you had Batman the grim avenger return, dark and fearsome. Then in 1989 you had the Tim Burton's Batman and it's three sequels in the 90's - each more over the top than the last. Recently Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy brought a darker and grittier aesthetic.
Again and again - you have the same characters, the same names. You have the same traumatic beginning and the same sense of call and responsibility to take on criminals. But every time the story is told differently - with each telling saying something about the time it was written in.
The early evangelist and missionary named Paul once wrote: 19 Though I am free and belong to no one, I have made myself a slave to everyone... 20 To the Jews I became like a Jew... 21 To those not having the law I became like one not having the law ... 22 To the weak I became weak... I have become all things to all people so that by all possible means I might save some. 23 I do all this for the sake of the gospel, that I may share in its blessings. (1 Cor 9:19-23 NIV)
The story of Batman has been told and retold in different ways. It is the same with Jesus. We tell and retell the story of Jesus, His life, healings, teachings, and death and resurrection. We tell it differently in our different places and times - just like Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, and Paul did.
The difference is, while Batman is fun, we believe Jesus is real. Jesus is life. And Jesus matters. And so we tell the story of Jesus in fresh new ways in every time and place.
-Pastor Brendan Johnston
Northern Lights Lutheran Parish
Faith Lutheran Church in Hoyt Lakes
St. Mark's Lutheran Church in Palo
and Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Aurora