--- Messages


May 2020

Jesse’ Intro to ‘The Martian’

As part of our ‘Theater and Theology’ series, we will be talking about the movie The Martian. Instead, of a commentary, here are some of my introductory reflections on a few of the film’s themes.

 Four of the main themes I saw running through the movie were:

1) Redemption

2) The coming together of community (think of the Body of Christ)

 3) When we feel alone, are we actually alone?

4) This may be the most expensive retelling of ‘the lost sheep parable’ ever!


Let me know what you saw in this movie!

Theology & Theater – Frozen II

Our ‘Theology and Theater’ movie for this week is Frozen II. We discuss just what it looks like to do the ‘next right thing’ as Christians; and how sometimes not knowing God’s full plan for us can actually be a good thing. We examine Psalm 119:82-87, 105 to see how taking things a single step at a time can be the best way to move forward. Spoilers for frozen II 5:40-7:24.

April 2020

Theater & Theology Movie Commentary – Frozen II

Here is our audio commentary for the third movie in our Theology & Theater series: Frozen II. For more information on the series or RiverTree as a whole, please see our website: https://www.rivertreecc.org/

Theology & Theater – X-Men: Days of Future Past

In the second week of our Theology & Theater series, we examine the movie X-men: Days of Future Past. We look at this movie through the lens of justice vs grace. Mystique is faced with a choice where the consequences spiral out far wider than she knows. We too are often faced with choices daily. Therefore, we should seek guidance from the words of Christ in Luke 6:31-37 and seek to “Be Merciful, just as your Father is merciful.”

Audio Commentary for X-men: Days of Future Past

Here is our audio commentary for X-men: Days of Future Past. For this commentary, I watched the theatrical cut of the file (i.e. NOT the Rouge Cut). This is part of our sermon series ‘Theology & Theater.’ Content warning: there is a little nudity (you see Hugh Jackman’s butt) and there are a few swear words.

Theology & Theater – The Lion King (2019)

A Good chunk of us are stuck inside lately. To ward off boredom, some of us are watching more movies than normal. So why not do a sermon series that involves movies! We kick off our new series on Theology and Theater by discussing the 2019 remake of the Lion King. We examine the Character of Scar and discuss how evil wants to get us isolated. Our passage this week is Romans 8:35-39. For more of Jesse’s ramblings on the Lion King check out our audio commentary on the movie!

Lion King (2019) Commentary

This is our commentary for the 2019 remake of the Lion King. It is designed to be used as part of our Sermon series “Theology and Theater.” Visit the RiverTree Community Church website (https://www.rivertreecc.org/) to find the corresponding sermon.   

Easter–Wilderness: A Time of Rebirth

Happy Easter! He is Risen! We celebrate Easter by reflecting on how our wilderness times are temporary and often times of rebirth. All of this is possible because Jesus went through the ultimate time of wilderness!

March 2020

Wilderness: A Time of Comfort

This week we continue our  Journey though the wilderness by looking at how the Wilderness can be a time of comfort. We examine the idea that Jesus (Mark 1), Abraham/Sarah (Gen 18), and Lot’s entire family (Gen 19) were waited on by angels during wilderness times. We close by asking how we can be messengers of God, angels, during this unique wilderness time of today.

Wilderness: A Time of Doubt

In our first week of quarantined virtual church, we aptly continue our Lent series on being in the Wilderness. This week we examine a time Moses fell into doubt and depression (Numbers 11). We use this story to normalize what it means to doubt and identify some helpfully things we can do when we are in seasons of doubt.