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Love is not always GOOD in 'The Last of Us' | Nerdy Sermon
Love is not always GOOD in 'The Last of Us' | Nerdy Sermon
Join Nerd Pastor Nate as he dives into the latest HBO Max series "The Last of Us", exploring its themes of love, tragedy, and its resonances with faith. With no spoilers for the main plot points, this review focuses on the relationship between the two main characters Joel and Ellie and the show's portrayal of love's potential to cause harm. Follow Us Everywhere: https://linktr.ee/CheckpointChurch We stream Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and every other Friday: https://www.twitch.tv/checkpointchurch Writer, Filmographer: Nathan Webb Editor: Niki Turner Secret Link: https://youtu.be/yhOYzGNAGNM Checkpoint Church is the place where all people from all walks of life are always welcomed with loving arms. We strive to steer clear from the modern temptations of being too ‘churchy’ or judgmental. We are the safe space for those who haven’t felt welcomed by the church before. Timecodes: 0:00 - Introduction 1:01 - Welcome! 1:39 - Scripture 2:32 - What is The Last of Us? 3:36 - Theme of Bad Love in TLOU 6:35 - Love, According to Jesus 8:10 - Scripture Analysis 9:45 - Love isn't Good in TLOU 10:27 - What does this mean for us today? 12:07 - Thanks for Watching! 13:38 - Quick Question 14:13 - Three Things 14:59 - Twitch Clip!
15:18
January 29, 2023
How the Dark & Angsty Omori Still Gives Us Hope | Nerdy Sermon Rewind
How the Dark & Angsty Omori Still Gives Us Hope | Nerdy Sermon Rewind
Join us on this episode of Nerdy Sermon Rewind as we dive into the critically acclaimed indie game Omori and its exploration of heavy themes such as suicide, depression, and mental illness. We discuss how this story can improve our relationship with Jesus and whether or not we should consider playing games like Omori. Watch the full video to find out more! Follow Us Everywhere: https://linktr.ee/CheckpointChurch We stream Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and every other Friday: https://www.twitch.tv/checkpointchurch Writer, Filmographer: Nathan Webb Editor: Niki Turner Secret Link: https://youtu.be/EghCfCePT5k Checkpoint Church is the place where all people from all walks of life are always welcomed with loving arms. We strive to steer clear from the modern temptations of being too ‘churchy’ or judgmental. We are the safe space for those who haven’t felt welcomed by the church before. Timecodes: 0:00 - Introduction 0:53 - Welcome! 1:29 - Scripture 2:10 - What/Who is Omori? 5:03 - Hope in Omori 6:19 - Scriptural Analysis 8:30 - Parallels between Omori and the Bible 9:34 - What does this mean for us today? 11:51 - Thanks for Watching! 13:21 - Quick Question 13:46 - Three Things 14:43 - Twitch Clip!
15:02
January 22, 2023
Why Are Bible-Themed Video Games So AWFUL? (LVL2 Podcast 1.4)
Why Are Bible-Themed Video Games So AWFUL? (LVL2 Podcast 1.4)
Join the convo on our Discord: https://discord.gg/zUg5sj7 Subscribe to our Newsletter: https://bit.ly/tothepointnews Follow our blog: https://www.checkpointchurch.com//blog The LVL2 Podcast is a monthly, community-driven podcast distributed through our podcast hub. We stream Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and every other Friday: https://www.twitch.tv/checkpointchurch Checkpoint Church is the place where all people from all walks of life are always welcomed with loving arms. We strive to steer clear from the modern temptations of being too ‘churchy’ or judgmental. We are the safe space for those who haven’t felt welcomed by the church before.
57:40
January 20, 2023
Pentiment: A Game of Perception, Judgment, and Prejudice in the Historic Church | Nerdy Sermon
Pentiment: A Game of Perception, Judgment, and Prejudice in the Historic Church | Nerdy Sermon
Pentiment is a unique and thought-provoking narrative adventure game set in Bavaria in the 16th century. As the journeyman artist Andreas Maler, players investigate the murder of a prominent person for which his friend has been accused. But the story doesn't stop there - it spans three acts over 25 years and involves the entire town of Tassing. In this video, we delve into the themes of perception, judgment, and prejudice in Pentiment, and how it relates to our call to live a Christian life.  The game's art style and use of fonts to represent characters' education levels adds depth and complexity to the story. And through its exploration of class hierarchy and power dynamics, Pentiment serves as a reminder to check our own biases and strive for fairness and equality in our relationships. Don't miss out on this unique and entertaining game that also encourages self-reflection and growth in our faith. Follow Us Everywhere: https://linktr.ee/CheckpointChurch We stream Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and every other Friday: https://www.twitch.tv/checkpointchurch Writer, Filmographer: Nathan Webb Editor: Niki Turner Secret Link: https://youtu.be/AjIfxeNhrj4 Checkpoint Church is the place where all people from all walks of life are always welcomed with loving arms. We strive to steer clear from the modern temptations of being too ‘churchy’ or judgmental. We are the safe space for those who haven’t felt welcomed by the church before. Timecodes: 0:00 - Introduction 0:50 - Welcome! 1:54 - Scripture 3:06 - Introduction to Pentiment 4:15 - Hierarchy and Power Dynamics in Pentiment 5:59 - Themes of Perception, Judgment, and Prejudice in Pentiment 8:29 - Scripture Analysis 9:38 - Discernment vs Discrimination 12:05 - What does this mean for us today? 13:30 - Thanks for Watching! 14:28 - Quick Question 15:02 - Three Things 16:20 - Twitch Clip!
16:38
January 08, 2023
Nerds of Pray: Digital & Nerd Missionary FrostByteIV aka Luke Filipiak of LoveThyNerd  (1.9)
Nerds of Pray: Digital & Nerd Missionary FrostByteIV aka Luke Filipiak of LoveThyNerd (1.9)
Find Full Transcript Here: https://www.checkpointchurch.com/post/nerds-of-pray-frost Nerds of Pray is the podcast where Nerd Pastor Nathan Webb of Checkpoint Church sits down with some of the leading people in the realm of Nerd/Pop Culture Ministry. He asks them questions about their specific venture into the ministry, as well as what first led them to the intersection of faith and fandom. In this episode, Nathan sits down with Luke Filipiak of LoveThyNerd, FrostByteIV and LukeAndAsia. Support Luke Filipiak:    Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/lovethynerd | https://www.twitch.tv/frostbyteiv YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/@FrostByteIV Twitter: https://twitter.com/FrostByteIV Website: https://lukeandasia.com/ Nerds of Pray is made possible by the support of Checkpoint Church, the church for nerds, geeks, and gamers online. This episode was hosted, produced, recorded, edited, and mastered by Nathan Webb. It was captured via Cleanfeed and edited in DaVinci Resolve. Intro/Outro Music is Royalty Free: "The Little Broth" by Rolemusic    Key Art/Logo was created by: Nathan Webb    Character Art/Avatar by: mondayvibes To support Checkpoint Church and the ministry they produce, please like this video and subscribe to our channel or these other sources:  Podcast: https://anchor.fm/checkpoint-church  Linktree: https://linktr.ee/CheckpointChurch  Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/checkpointchurch  Discord: https://discord.gg/zUg5sj7  Website: http://www.checkpointchurch.com/  Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/checkpointchurchnc  Twitter: https://twitter.com/CheckpointNerd  Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/checkpointchurch/  Merch: https://checkpoint-church.creator-spring.com/ Our next episode will be dropping next month and will feature Matt Alexander of Checkpoint Church. Look forward to that and thanks again so much for giving us a listen! If you have any recommendations or would like to be considered as a future guest on the podcast, submit your name and biography to checkpointchurch@gmail.com. The Checkpoint Church Podcast Hub is the hub for all of our podcasts, sermons, and special projects. To learn more, go to checkpointchurch.com or send any questions you have to checkpointchurch@gmail.com. 0:00 - Clip 0:20 - Intro 0:35 - Introducing Luke 1:13 - Welcome Luke! 2:53 - What flavor of nerd are you? 3:55 - Where did your nerd journey begin? 6:30 - Where did you first find the intersection of faith and fandom? 10:10 - Connecting with Love Thy Nerd 20:15 - Luke's Ministry Calling 23:15 - Maintaining Different Ministry Accounts 27:35 - Digital Ministry Collaboration 31:00 - Milestones for Love Thy Nerd 48:19 - What do you think the future of faith and pop culture looks like? 55:28 - What are you watching/reading/playing? 1:05:00 - Shout outs 1:09:50 - Closing 1:10:46 - Credits #nerdsofpray #podcast #newpodcast #frostbyte #lovethynerd #twitchstreamer #interview #church #christian #nerd #nerdpastor #checkpointchurch #nerdministry
01:11:22
December 30, 2022
We Begin From The End (To The Point, 3.48)
We Begin From The End (To The Point, 3.48)
Join the convo on our Discord: https://discord.gg/zUg5sj7 Respond to this blog here: https://www.checkpointchurch.com/post/we-begin-from-the-end Subscribe to the Newsletter: https://bit.ly/tothepointnews Follow the blog: https://www.checkpointchurch.com//blog To The Point is a weekly newsletter distributed through our email chain, website, and podcast. We stream Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and every other Friday: https://www.twitch.tv/checkpointchurch Checkpoint Church is the place where all people from all walks of life are always welcomed with loving arms. We strive to steer clear from the modern temptations of being too ‘churchy’ or judgmental. We are the safe space for those who haven’t felt welcomed by the church before.
02:56
December 21, 2022
Why We Still Need & Love The Holiday Special | Nerdy Sermon
Why We Still Need & Love The Holiday Special | Nerdy Sermon
The holiday special is a lost art, but this year, Marvel brought the world a special treat with the Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special. It’s no masterpiece, but it does what it needs to do and doesn’t overstay its welcome. We can all agree that we need more Drax in our lives, and Mantis is undoubtedly one of our less-known background characters, so an adventure with the two of them feels like a great use of 45 minutes.  My favorite part of these holiday specials is that they don’t need to go above and beyond with some ephemeral narrative; they can keep things grounded and remind us of the more straightforward message of being better people. Is it cheesy? Yeah, but I write nerdy sermons on pop culture. I’m cheesy.  For this nerdy sermon, we’re going to talk about how Drax and Mantis, and the crew help illustrate one of the lasting truths of the Christmas season. Maybe they even prove you never needed to abduct a celebrity to find happiness. Let’s talk about it. Follow Us Everywhere: https://linktr.ee/CheckpointChurch We stream Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and every other Friday: https://www.twitch.tv/checkpointchurch Writer, Filmographer: Nathan Webb Editor: Niki Turner Secret Link: https://youtu.be/t3zUeLqa05s Checkpoint Church is the place where all people from all walks of life are always welcomed with loving arms. We strive to steer clear from the modern temptations of being too ‘churchy’ or judgmental. We are the safe space for those who haven’t felt welcomed by the church before. Timecodes: 0:00 - Introduction 0:53 - Welcome! 1:57 - Scripture 2:22 - What is the Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special? 4:25 - Why This Movie Matters 4:58 - Scripture Analysis 6:11 - Parallels with GotG 7:21 - Holiday Traditions 8:33 - What does this mean for us today? 9:53 - Thanks for Watching! 10:36 - Quick Question 10:55 - Three Things 12:17 - Twitch Clip!
12:41
December 18, 2022
Defying Destiny and Changing Fate in God Of War: Ragnarök | Nerdy Sermon
Defying Destiny and Changing Fate in God Of War: Ragnarök | Nerdy Sermon
2022 was a pretty fantastic year for gaming - as most years have been for a while now - but perhaps the two hallmarks of the year capped the beginning and end quite nicely. We started 2022 with Elden Ring and wrapped it up with God of War Ragnarok. God of War has been hotly anticipated since the 2018 smash hit, and folks were waiting with bated breath to see just how many times Kratos would say, “Boy!” But the best bit of the game for me was knowing what we were in for by the title alone: Ragnarok. And this game did not disappoint in exploring all of the complexities of the archaic term. If Kratos’ story since the refresh has been one of redemption, then Atreus’ story has been one of destiny… or rather, defying that destiny.  For this nerdy sermon, we’re going to explore how the relationship between purpose and destiny relates and how Kratos & Atreus’ story can teach us how to focus on the right stuff as we move forward toward whatever is ahead. Let’s talk about it.  Follow Us Everywhere: https://linktr.ee/CheckpointChurch We stream Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and every other Friday: https://www.twitch.tv/checkpointchurch Writer, Filmographer: Nathan Webb Editor: Niki Turner Secret Link: https://youtu.be/Pobwy_es2uc Checkpoint Church is the place where all people from all walks of life are always welcomed with loving arms. We strive to steer clear from the modern temptations of being too ‘churchy’ or judgmental. We are the safe space for those who haven’t felt welcomed by the church before. Timecodes: 0:00 - Introduction 1:03 - Welcome! 1:37 - Scripture 3:21 - What is God of War Ragnarok? 4:58 - God of War Ragnarok & Destiny 6:03 - Scripture Breakdown 7:42 - Eschatology of Jesus 10:10 - Perspective Shift of Destiny vs Purpose 12:00 - What does this mean for us today? 14:02 - Thanks for Watching! 14:44 - Quick Question 15:14 - Three Things 15:58 - Twitch Clip!
16:18
December 11, 2022
Understanding and Using Your Gamer Motivation Profile (LVL2 Podcast 1.3)
Understanding and Using Your Gamer Motivation Profile (LVL2 Podcast 1.3)
Take the quiz for yourself: https://apps.quanticfoundry.com/surveys/start/gamerprofile/ Join the convo on our Discord: https://discord.gg/zUg5sj7 Subscribe to our Newsletter: https://bit.ly/tothepointnews Follow our blog: https://www.checkpointchurch.com//blog The LVL2 Podcast is a monthly, community-driven podcast distributed through our podcast hub. We stream Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and every other Friday: https://www.twitch.tv/checkpointchurch Checkpoint Church is the place where all people from all walks of life are always welcomed with loving arms. We strive to steer clear from the modern temptations of being too ‘churchy’ or judgmental. We are the safe space for those who haven’t felt welcomed by the church before.
57:06
December 09, 2022
Almost Checksmas Time Again (To The Point, 3.47)
Almost Checksmas Time Again (To The Point, 3.47)
RSVP PLEASE! https://bit.ly/checksmas2022 Join the convo on our Discord: https://discord.gg/zUg5sj7 Respond to this blog here: https://www.checkpointchurch.com/post/better-begins-with-you Subscribe to the Newsletter: https://bit.ly/tothepointnews Follow the blog: https://www.checkpointchurch.com//blog To The Point is a weekly newsletter distributed through our email chain, website, and podcast. We stream Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and every other Friday: https://www.twitch.tv/checkpointchurch Checkpoint Church is the place where all people from all walks of life are always welcomed with loving arms. We strive to steer clear from the modern temptations of being too ‘churchy’ or judgmental. We are the safe space for those who haven’t felt welcomed by the church before.
02:42
December 07, 2022
Pokemon Scarlet & Violet Don't Meet Your Expectations (and that's okay) | Nerdy Sermon
Pokemon Scarlet & Violet Don't Meet Your Expectations (and that's okay) | Nerdy Sermon
Pokemon Scarlet and Violet hit the universe two weeks ago, and I’m not exaggerating when I say that it’s all I want to play all of the time. And yet - it seems impossible to go anywhere without hearing complaints about the game. It’s the frame rate, the bugs, the raid issues, the botched this, or the broken that. But in essence, Game Freak kind of gave Pokemon fans precisely what we’ve been asking for for generations now… but it came with some costs that made the game overall suffer.  Given that this is a nerdy sermon, it shouldn’t shock you to hear that this is a pretty human conundrum to find ourselves in. We face this pressing reality as people, and we’ve done it since the beginning. I’d wager this won’t be the last time a video game fails to live up to expectations. In this nerdy deep dive, we’ll highlight one particularly overused piece of scripture to reveal some of the secrets of expectations and look into ways to help ourselves out of the rut of disappointment in our favorite things.  So what do the captive Israelites have to do with Pocket Mans? Let’s talk about it. Follow Us Everywhere: https://linktr.ee/CheckpointChurch We stream Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and every other Friday: https://www.twitch.tv/checkpointchurch Writer, Filmographer: Nathan Webb Editor: Niki Turner Secret Link: https://youtu.be/calH97ghNqc Checkpoint Church is the place where all people from all walks of life are always welcomed with loving arms. We strive to steer clear from the modern temptations of being too ‘churchy’ or judgmental. We are the safe space for those who haven’t felt welcomed by the church before. Timecodes: 0:00 - Introduction 0:56 - Welcome! 1:39 - Scripture 2:14 - What is the deal with Pokemon Scarlet & Violet? 4:41 - So... it's a bad game then? 6:41 - Scripture Analysis 8:18 - Our Expectations of Jesus 9:05 - Advent & Preparation 10:27 - What does this mean for us today? 12:40 - Thanks for Watching! 13:17 - Quick Question 13:31 - Three Things 14:25 - Twitch Clip!
14:55
December 04, 2022
Better Begins With You (To The Point, 3.46)
Better Begins With You (To The Point, 3.46)
Fill out the survey here: https://bit.ly/ttpfeedback22 Join the convo on our Discord: https://discord.gg/zUg5sj7 Respond to this blog here: https://www.checkpointchurch.com/post/better-begins-with-you Subscribe to the Newsletter: https://bit.ly/tothepointnews Follow the blog: https://www.checkpointchurch.com//blog To The Point is a weekly newsletter distributed through our email chain, website, and podcast. We stream Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and every other Friday: https://www.twitch.tv/checkpointchurch Checkpoint Church is the place where all people from all walks of life are always welcomed with loving arms. We strive to steer clear from the modern temptations of being too ‘churchy’ or judgmental. We are the safe space for those who haven’t felt welcomed by the church before.
02:59
November 30, 2022
The Purpose of Grief in Black Panther Wakanda Forever | Nerdy Sermon
The Purpose of Grief in Black Panther Wakanda Forever | Nerdy Sermon
Two years after his tragic passing, we’ve finally seen Marvel’s honoring of Chadwick Boseman and his excellent portrayal as the Black Panther, aka T’Challa. And the pressure was real, I’m sure. The world has wondered for years now how the franchise would adapt and shift with the needed change. How would his legacy be captured? How would the fictional character be lifted to highlight the real one?  Of equal importance to honoring the life lost, Black Panther Wakanda Forever sought out not only that but also to allow the coping and processing on behalf of Letitia Wright’s Shuri and Angela Bassett’s Queen Ramonda. That, in my opinion, was the real crux of this film, and - long runtime and busy script aside - I’m fascinated by the grief processing exhibited in the movie.  What can we learn from Ryan Coogler’s presentation on grief when there is no one to blame? Let’s talk about it. Follow Us Everywhere: https://linktr.ee/CheckpointChurch We stream Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and every other Friday: https://www.twitch.tv/checkpointchurch Writer, Filmographer: Nathan Webb Editor: Niki Turner Secret Link: https://youtu.be/calH97ghNqc Checkpoint Church is the place where all people from all walks of life are always welcomed with loving arms. We strive to steer clear from the modern temptations of being too ‘churchy’ or judgmental. We are the safe space for those who haven’t felt welcomed by the church before. Timecodes: 0:00 - Introduction 0:54 - Welcome! 1:33 - Scripture 2:53 - What is Black Panther Wakanda Forever? 5:44 - Shuri's Vision 6:38 - Scripture Analysis 7:59 - Reading Ourselves into the Story 9:00 - The Grief of Jesus' Arrest & T'Challa's Death 11:00 - What does this mean for us today? 12:50 - Thanks for Watching! 13:38 - Quick Question 14:05 - Three Things 14:47 - Twitch Clip!
15:02
November 27, 2022
An Advent Reality (To The Point, 3.45)
An Advent Reality (To The Point, 3.45)
Join the convo on our Discord: https://discord.gg/zUg5sj7 Respond to this blog here: https://www.checkpointchurch.com/post/an-advent-reality Subscribe to the Newsletter: https://bit.ly/tothepointnews Follow the blog: https://www.checkpointchurch.com//blog To The Point is a weekly newsletter distributed through our email chain, website, and podcast. We stream Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and every other Friday: https://www.twitch.tv/checkpointchurch Checkpoint Church is the place where all people from all walks of life are always welcomed with loving arms. We strive to steer clear from the modern temptations of being too ‘churchy’ or judgmental. We are the safe space for those who haven’t felt welcomed by the church before.
02:46
November 23, 2022
Why Dr. Ivo Robotnik Will NEVER Win | Nerdy Sermon
Why Dr. Ivo Robotnik Will NEVER Win | Nerdy Sermon
Sonic Frontiers has officially been out for a few days, but as I wrote this, I still needed to get to play the dang thing because I got the VID. I’m better now, by the way, appreciate the prayers, good vibes, and check-ins.  By the time this nerdy deep-dive hits the airwaves, I will hopefully have been proven incorrect or correct about my theories in this one on the blue blur’s story in this game, but, in the interest of hopping on the hype, it’s worth noting that the level of Sonic never really changes in any media. Ultimately, Sonic the Hedgehog’s narrative doesn’t revolve around being the fastest - Sonic already is. So it’s instead, ‘who can be the most powerful?’  But the result always reveals that the question isn’t what it seems. So this deep-dive will explore the pursuit of power present in one Ivo ‘Eggman’ Robotnik and how he may be treading down a familiar path to the disciples of Jesus.  Follow Us Everywhere: https://linktr.ee/CheckpointChurch We stream Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and every other Friday: https://www.twitch.tv/checkpointchurch Writer, Filmographer: Nathan Webb Editor: Niki Turner Secret Link: https://youtu.be/calH97ghNqc Checkpoint Church is the place where all people from all walks of life are always welcomed with loving arms. We strive to steer clear from the modern temptations of being too ‘churchy’ or judgmental. We are the safe space for those who haven’t felt welcomed by the church before. Timecodes: 0:00 - Introduction 0:56 - Welcome! 1:28 - Scripture 2:41 - Sonic Lore 101 4:47 - Sonic Frontiers Predictions 6:16 - Scripture Analysis 8:30 - The Truth of Power 9:17 - What does this mean for us today? 11:08 - Thanks for Watching! 11:47 - Quick Question 12:06 - Three Things 12:58 - Twitch Clip!
13:14
November 20, 2022
Billboards vs Bases (To The Point, 3.44)
Billboards vs Bases (To The Point, 3.44)
Join the convo on our Discord: https://discord.gg/zUg5sj7 Respond to this blog here: https://www.checkpointchurch.com/post/billbaord-vs-bases Subscribe to the Newsletter: https://bit.ly/tothepointnews Follow the blog: https://www.checkpointchurch.com//blog To The Point is a weekly newsletter distributed through our email chain, website, and podcast. We stream Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and every other Friday: https://www.twitch.tv/checkpointchurch Checkpoint Church is the place where all people from all walks of life are always welcomed with loving arms. We strive to steer clear from the modern temptations of being too ‘churchy’ or judgmental. We are the safe space for those who haven’t felt welcomed by the church before.
03:00
November 16, 2022
What Blue Lock's Ego Gets Right | Nerdy Sermon [Plot Spoilers]
What Blue Lock's Ego Gets Right | Nerdy Sermon [Plot Spoilers]
Do you know those wholesome anime where it’s not about victory but the friendships made along the way? Yeah - this isn’t that. When I first got Blue Lock the manga in my Manga Spice Cafe sub box, I thought I was in for another encouraging and wholesome sports manga like Whistle! But - this is a far cry from that. Blue Lock happens when you combine a battle royale with soccer and the results, while not deadly, are just as cutthroat. To make matters that much worse, the themes of this manga and its new anime feel antithetical to anything possibly Christian. I was worried I wouldn’t be able to make this connection. But then I realized that if we shift the focus just a smidge, this illustrates something incredible about who Jesus is, was, and is to be.  So what could a story about being the best striker around have to do with Jesus from Nazareth? Let’s talk about it. . Follow Us Everywhere: https://linktr.ee/CheckpointChurch We stream Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and every other Friday: https://www.twitch.tv/checkpointchurch Writer, Filmographer: Nathan Webb Editor: Niki Turner Secret Link: https://youtu.be/calH97ghNqc Checkpoint Church is the place where all people from all walks of life are always welcomed with loving arms. We strive to steer clear from the modern temptations of being too ‘churchy’ or judgmental. We are the safe space for those who haven’t felt welcomed by the church before. Timecodes: 0:00 - Introduction 1:05 - Welcome! 1:38 - Scripture 2:31 - What is Blue Lock? 5:20 - Why is this relevant? 6:03 - Scripture Analysis 8:36 - Ego May Be Right 9:33 - The Power of Self Definition 10:30 - What does this mean for us today? 12:22 - Thanks for Watching! 13:03 - Quick Question 13:23 - Three Things 14:07 - Twitch Clip!
14:20
November 06, 2022
Of Stakes And Holders (To The Point, 3.43)
Of Stakes And Holders (To The Point, 3.43)
Join the convo on our Discord: https://discord.gg/zUg5sj7 Respond to this blog here: https://www.checkpointchurch.com/post/of-stakes-and-holders Subscribe to the Newsletter: https://bit.ly/tothepointnews Follow the blog: https://www.checkpointchurch.com//blog To The Point is a weekly newsletter distributed through our email chain, website, and podcast. We stream Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and every other Friday: https://www.twitch.tv/checkpointchurch Checkpoint Church is the place where all people from all walks of life are always welcomed with loving arms. We strive to steer clear from the modern temptations of being too ‘churchy’ or judgmental. We are the safe space for those who haven’t felt welcomed by the church before.
02:56
November 02, 2022
The Shared Lore of Chainsaw Man & the Bible | Nerdy Sermon [Ep 1 Spoilers]
The Shared Lore of Chainsaw Man & the Bible | Nerdy Sermon [Ep 1 Spoilers]
Look - I hear you. How on earth is there anything a church could say about Chainsaw Man? An anime literally about devils, chainsaws, gore, and one of the pervier MCs we’ve seen since Mushoku Tensei.  But make no mistake, Chainsaw Man is here to make waves and has already broken the Internet - er, at least, Crunchyroll’s servers - several times. But we don’t even need to dive very deep at all into the plot to see that Chainsaw Man’s lore provides us with unique insight into one of the less discussed aspects of the Bible. We’re talking demons, devils, and what’s the true power of fear in this nerdy deep dive.  What could a man fused with the chainsaw devil possibly do with Jesus? Let’s talk about it. . Follow Us Everywhere: https://linktr.ee/CheckpointChurch We stream Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and every other Friday: https://www.twitch.tv/checkpointchurch Writer, Filmographer: Nathan Webb Editor: Niki Turner Secret Link: https://youtu.be/tFjMdsODA4s Checkpoint Church is the place where all people from all walks of life are always welcomed with loving arms. We strive to steer clear from the modern temptations of being too ‘churchy’ or judgmental. We are the safe space for those who haven’t felt welcomed by the church before. Timecodes: 0:00 - Introduction 0:42 - Welcome! 1:17 - Scripture 2:40 - What is Chainsaw Man? 4:12 - Chainsaw Man Lore 5:12 - Scripture Analysis 7:15 - The Power of Names 8:40 - Names, Power & Fear 10:12 - What does this mean for us today? 11:27 - Thanks for Watching! 12:07 - Quick Question 12:17 - Three Things 13:15- Twitch Clip!
13:59
October 30, 2022
Happily Missing Out (To The Point, 3.42)
Happily Missing Out (To The Point, 3.42)
Join the convo on our Discord: https://discord.gg/zUg5sj7 Respond to this blog here: https://www.checkpointchurch.com/post/happily-missing-out Subscribe to the Newsletter: https://bit.ly/tothepointnews Follow the blog: https://www.checkpointchurch.com//blog To The Point is a weekly newsletter distributed through our email chain, website, and podcast. We stream Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and every other Friday: https://www.twitch.tv/checkpointchurch Checkpoint Church is the place where all people from all walks of life are always welcomed with loving arms. We strive to steer clear from the modern temptations of being too ‘churchy’ or judgmental. We are the safe space for those who haven’t felt welcomed by the church before.
02:58
October 26, 2022
Nerds of Pray: Full-Time Christian Twitch Streamer JateLIVE talks the Future of the Church (1.8)
Nerds of Pray: Full-Time Christian Twitch Streamer JateLIVE talks the Future of the Church (1.8)
Find Full Transcript Here: https://www.checkpointchurch.com/post/nerds-of-pray-jate Nerds of Pray is the podcast where Nerd Pastor Nathan Webb of Checkpoint Church sits down with some of the leading people in the realm of Nerd/Pop Culture Ministry. He asks them questions about their specific venture into the ministry, as well as what first led them to the intersection of faith and fandom. In this episode, Nathan sits down with Jate Earhart, founder of Love Clan and full-time Twitch Streamer known as JateLIVE. Support Jate Earhart:    Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/jatelive Discord: http://loveclan.net/ YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/ThatGuyFromTwitter/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/JateLIVE Nerds of Pray is made possible by the support of Checkpoint Church, the church for nerds, geeks, and gamers online. This episode was hosted, produced, recorded, edited, and mastered by Nathan Webb. It was captured via Cleanfeed and edited in DaVinci Resolve. Intro/Outro Music is Royalty Free: "The Little Broth" by Rolemusic    Key Art/Logo was created by: Nathan Webb    Character Art/Avatar by: mondayvibes To support Checkpoint Church and the ministry they produce, please like this video and subscribe to our channel or these other sources:  Podcast: https://anchor.fm/checkpoint-church  Linktree: https://linktr.ee/CheckpointChurch  Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/checkpointchurch  Discord: https://discord.gg/zUg5sj7  Website: http://www.checkpointchurch.com/  Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/checkpointchurchnc  Twitter: https://twitter.com/CheckpointNerd  Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/checkpointchurch/  Merch: https://checkpoint-church.creator-spring.com/ Our next episode will be dropping next month and will feature Luke Filipiak of Love Thy Nerd. Look forward to that and thanks again so much for giving us a listen! If you have any recommendations or would like to be considered as a future guest on the podcast, submit your name and biography to checkpointchurch@gmail.com. The Checkpoint Church Podcast Hub is the hub for all of our podcasts, sermons, and special projects. To learn more, go to checkpointchurch.com or send any questions you have to checkpointchurch@gmail.com. 0:00 - Clip 0:36 - Intro 1:10 - Introducing Jate 1:43 - Welcome Jate! 4:25 - What flavor of nerd are you? 7:10 - Where did your nerd journey begin? 10:30 - Where did you first find the intersection of faith and fandom? 17:30 - What is Love Clan? 21:51 - Jate's Origin Story 30:29 - What is Full-Time Streaming like? 43:50 - What is the future of JateLIVE & Love Clan? 47:59 - Listener Q: What is one thing from the physical church that you brought with you? 52:40 - What do you think the future of faith and pop culture looks like? 59:40 - What are you watching/reading/playing? 1:02:42 - Shout outs 1:04:36 - Closing 1:05:39 - Credits #nerdsofpray #podcast #newpodcast #jate #jatelive #jateearhart #twitchstreamer #interview #church #christian #nerd #nerdpastor #checkpointchurch #nerdministry
01:06:12
October 24, 2022
Why The Stories In 'The Midnight Club' Are SO GOOD | Nerdy Sermon [Mild Spoilers]
Why The Stories In 'The Midnight Club' Are SO GOOD | Nerdy Sermon [Mild Spoilers]
Rethink Article: https://www.umc.org/en/content/netflixs-the-midnight-club-is-more-all-saints-day-than-halloween?fbclid=IwAR2Op2yDuQLAMeGHYBV3gCwbOFX5jSmLHFnFlTOyChZ_OJ3BvTBv3Vn5P84 Whenever the weather starts to get cold, I begin to anticipate what Mike Flanagan will do next. But I wasn't so sure whenever I learned his next show was about terminal children in a hospice center.  Nevertheless, I gave the midnight club a chance, and I'm glad I did because it might just be one of my favorite examples of why our Christian testimony is so important. If you're a fan of when Mike Flanagan talks about faith in a way that accidentally really is an excellent example of faith, then this is the perfect show for you. What does a horror show about terminally ill children in a miraculous hospice center have to do with our conversations and stories as Christians? Let's talk about it. . Follow Us Everywhere: https://linktr.ee/CheckpointChurch We stream Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and every other Friday: https://www.twitch.tv/checkpointchurch Writer, Filmographer: Nathan Webb Editor: Niki Turner Secret Link: https://youtu.be/eivnVc7yWuY Checkpoint Church is the place where all people from all walks of life are always welcomed with loving arms. We strive to steer clear from the modern temptations of being too ‘churchy’ or judgmental. We are the safe space for those who haven’t felt welcomed by the church before. Timecodes: 0:00 - Introduction 0:43 - Welcome! 1:30 - Scripture 2:44 - What is The Midnight Club?  4:26 - The Purpose of the Midnight Club 5:20 - The Storytelling in The Midnight Club 6:28 - Connecting our Scripture 8:26 - Our Testimony As An Echo of Jesus 10:15 - What does this mean for us today? 11:40 - Thanks for Watching! 12:07 - Quick Question 12:22 - Three Things 13:03- Twitch Clip!
13:31
October 23, 2022
You Should Be Learning (To The Point, 3.41)
You Should Be Learning (To The Point, 3.41)
Join the convo on our Discord: https://discord.gg/zUg5sj7 Respond to this blog here: https://www.checkpointchurch.com/post/you-should-be-learning Subscribe to the Newsletter: https://bit.ly/tothepointnews Follow the blog: https://www.checkpointchurch.com//blog To The Point is a weekly newsletter distributed through our email chain, website, and podcast. We stream Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and every other Friday: https://www.twitch.tv/checkpointchurch Checkpoint Church is the place where all people from all walks of life are always welcomed with loving arms. We strive to steer clear from the modern temptations of being too ‘churchy’ or judgmental. We are the safe space for those who haven’t felt welcomed by the church before.
02:52
October 19, 2022
The Story Behind The Story of OneShot (Also, will we stay on Twitch?) | Nerdy Sermon [No Spoilers]
The Story Behind The Story of OneShot (Also, will we stay on Twitch?) | Nerdy Sermon [No Spoilers]
A bit of a different one today, but maybe the most important message we have to offer at Checkpoint. This nerdy sermon will cover a wide variety of topics by the time all is said and done, but we'll ultimately explore the answer to the question, "Will Checkpoint stay in Twitch?" with all that is happening right now. The easy answer - yes, but a better answer will ultimately come through this video and nerdy sermon. Not to mention I try to talk about trending media, and I had to figure out a way to weasel in a quick sermon on an older game I am obsessed with right now.  So what do Twitch, indie darling OneShot, and Checkpoint Church have to do with the disciples of Jesus Christ in the Gospel of Luke and my TikTok account? Let's talk about it.  . Follow Us Everywhere: https://linktr.ee/CheckpointChurch We stream Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and every other Friday: https://www.twitch.tv/checkpointchurch Writer, Filmographer: Nathan Webb Editor: Niki Turner Secret Link: https://youtu.be/ACULtdKEVdY Checkpoint Church is the place where all people from all walks of life are always welcomed with loving arms. We strive to steer clear from the modern temptations of being too ‘churchy’ or judgmental. We are the safe space for those who haven’t felt welcomed by the church before. Timecodes: 0:00 - Introduction 0:43 - Welcome! 1:19 - Scripture 2:27 - What is OneShot? 3:29 - The True Importance Behind OneShot 5:01 - What The OneShot Community Taught Me 6:15 - The Why Behind The What 7:01 - Our Scripture For Today 8:15 - Who is the Enemy of the Digital Church? 10:21 - What does this mean for us today? 12:08 - Thanks for Watching! 12:39 - Quick Question 12:53 - Three Things 14:02- Twitch Clip!
14:10
October 16, 2022
Who Benefits From Digital Church? (To The Point, 3.40)
Who Benefits From Digital Church? (To The Point, 3.40)
Join the convo on our Discord: https://discord.gg/zUg5sj7 Respond to this blog here: https://www.checkpointchurch.com/post/who-benefits-from-digital-church Subscribe to the Newsletter: https://bit.ly/tothepointnews Follow the blog: https://www.checkpointchurch.com//blog To The Point is a weekly newsletter distributed through our email chain, website, and podcast. We stream Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and every other Friday: https://www.twitch.tv/checkpointchurch Checkpoint Church is the place where all people from all walks of life are always welcomed with loving arms. We strive to steer clear from the modern temptations of being too ‘churchy’ or judgmental. We are the safe space for those who haven’t felt welcomed by the church before.
03:08
October 12, 2022
MILGRAM & the Forgiveness of Jesus | Nerdy Sermon [Spoilers]
MILGRAM & the Forgiveness of Jesus | Nerdy Sermon [Spoilers]
This might just be our most niche Nerdy Sermon to date. But dang it… I’m obsessed, and you can’t stop me unless you click away. Please don’t - let me geek out about this, I beg you. If you follow us on Twitch, then you’ve already heard a bit of this rant, but I have become obsessed with this music video project on YouTube called Milgram. It’s one of the most creative ideas I’ve seen in a long while, and it’s put together so phenomenally that I can’t stop thinking about it. Do you like death games like Danganronpa or Squid Game? It’s got that. Do you like anime OPs? You get ten per season. Do you like gorgeous animation and compelling anime characters? Got it. Do you like to decide the fate of murderers based on their feelings personified in a music video? A bit more specific, but if that’s you - you’re in luck. This series is so compelling and especially worth talking about concerning the Christian faith because it centers around the concept of forgiveness, which is… kind of a big part of what we do.  So what could J-pop have to do with Jesus? Let’s talk about it. Follow Us Everywhere: https://linktr.ee/CheckpointChurch We stream Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and every other Friday: https://www.twitch.tv/checkpointchurch Writer, Filmographer: Nathan Webb Editor: Niki Turner Secret Link: https://youtu.be/ACULtdKEVdY Checkpoint Church is the place where all people from all walks of life are always welcomed with loving arms. We strive to steer clear from the modern temptations of being too ‘churchy’ or judgmental. We are the safe space for those who haven’t felt welcomed by the church before.
14:05
October 09, 2022
What's the deal with violence and video games? (LVL2 Podcast 1.2)
What's the deal with violence and video games? (LVL2 Podcast 1.2)
Join the convo on our Discord: https://discord.gg/zUg5sj7 Subscribe to our Newsletter: https://bit.ly/tothepointnews Follow our blog: https://www.checkpointchurch.com//blog The LVL2 Podcast is a monthly, community-driven podcast distributed through our podcast hub. We stream Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and every other Friday: https://www.twitch.tv/checkpointchurch Checkpoint Church is the place where all people from all walks of life are always welcomed with loving arms. We strive to steer clear from the modern temptations of being too ‘churchy’ or judgmental. We are the safe space for those who haven’t felt welcomed by the church before.
01:03:14
October 07, 2022
How To Support Digital Ministry (To The Point, 3.39)
How To Support Digital Ministry (To The Point, 3.39)
Join the convo on our Discord: https://discord.gg/zUg5sj7 Respond to this blog here: https://www.checkpointchurch.com/post/how-to-support-digital-ministry Subscribe to the Newsletter: https://bit.ly/tothepointnews Follow the blog: https://www.checkpointchurch.com//blog To The Point is a weekly newsletter distributed through our email chain, website, and podcast. We stream Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and every other Friday: https://www.twitch.tv/checkpointchurch Checkpoint Church is the place where all people from all walks of life are always welcomed with loving arms. We strive to steer clear from the modern temptations of being too ‘churchy’ or judgmental. We are the safe space for those who haven’t felt welcomed by the church before.
02:38
October 06, 2022
Is there any HOPE for Night City in Cyberpunk Edgerunners? | Nerdy Sermon [Mild Spoilers]
Is there any HOPE for Night City in Cyberpunk Edgerunners? | Nerdy Sermon [Mild Spoilers]
Cyberpunk Edgerunners may just be my anime of the year. The world was downright immersive. It made me feel like I was inside the video game. It fleshed things out in ways that a video game world can’t. The characters were impressive and brilliant. The music was bizarre and driving, just like Night City would expect. The story was an epic tragedy that kept driving from one episode to the next. All in all - about as perfect as I could hope for. But even more than just a delightful experience - the way that Edgerunners explored one of the best parts of Cyberpunk 2077 and the Cyberpunk universe built by Mike Pondsmith was what set it apart. The truth of Night City is that it’s a broken place. It’s the tragedy that makes it so compelling. And - since this is a nerdy sermon after all - I have to acknowledge that the Bible has its fair share of depraved tragedy in its pages.  For this video, we’re focusing on David from Edgerunners and David (along with a few others) from the story of the nation of Israel. What hope do we have the Night City may or may not have? Let’s talk about it. Follow Us Everywhere: https://linktr.ee/CheckpointChurch We stream Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and every other Friday: https://www.twitch.tv/checkpointchurch Writer, Filmographer: Nathan Webb Editor: Niki Turner Secret Link: https://youtu.be/ACULtdKEVdY Checkpoint Church is the place where all people from all walks of life are always welcomed with loving arms. We strive to steer clear from the modern temptations of being too ‘churchy’ or judgmental. We are the safe space for those who haven’t felt welcomed by the church before. Timecodes: 0:00 - Introduction 1:04 - Welcome! 1:44 - Scripture 3:04 - What is Cyberpunk 2077? 4:28 - What is Edgerunners and how did it revive the series? 5:10 - The Story of Cyberpunk Edgerunners 7:08 - Urban Legends and the Bible 9:12 - Hope from the Past 10:30 - What does this mean for us today? 12:54 - Thanks for Watching! 13:15 - Quick Question 13:40 - Three Things 14:16 - Twitch Clip!
14:40
October 02, 2022
Whole-Body Digital Ministry (To The Point, 3.38)
Whole-Body Digital Ministry (To The Point, 3.38)
Join the convo on our Discord: https://discord.gg/zUg5sj7 Respond to this blog here: https://www.checkpointchurch.com/post/whole-body-digital-ministry Subscribe to the Newsletter: https://bit.ly/tothepointnews Follow the blog: https://www.checkpointchurch.com//blog To The Point is a weekly newsletter distributed through our email chain, website, and podcast. We stream Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and every other Friday: https://www.twitch.tv/checkpointchurch Checkpoint Church is the place where all people from all walks of life are always welcomed with loving arms. We strive to steer clear from the modern temptations of being too ‘churchy’ or judgmental. We are the safe space for those who haven’t felt welcomed by the church before.
02:54
September 28, 2022
On Fairy Stories and the Rings of Power | Nerdy Sermon [No Spoilers]
On Fairy Stories and the Rings of Power | Nerdy Sermon [No Spoilers]
I’m not sure if I’m allowed to say this or not, but I’m beginning to think that JRR Tolkien might have had some kind of connection to Christianity. I’m also even less sure if I’m allowed to say *whispers* that I’m enjoying the Rings of Power Amazon series. For some bizarre and problematic reasons, folks have been upset with this show since the cast reveal, but it’s a pretty good show, especially if you’re a fan of The Lord of the Rings or just high fantasy.  Some of the best works of fantastic storytelling are that the audience already knows how things will end up. We know that the Prince and Princess end up happily ever after. We know that Anakin will become Darth Vader until conquering the Dark Side for his children, even if it costs him an arm and a charred leg. We know those darn hobbits will climb the mountain and throw the ring in, defeating Sauron. So why do we need this prequel story? Why is it worth our time when we know where things will end up? Well, believe it or not, this is a familiar issue to Christians - what do we do now that Jesus came, died, rose, and will come to us again? Let’s talk about it. Follow Us Everywhere: https://linktr.ee/CheckpointChurch We stream Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and every other Friday: https://www.twitch.tv/checkpointchurch Writer, Filmographer: Nathan Webb Editor: Niki Turner Secret Link: https://youtu.be/qrQVFZx7XX4 Checkpoint Church is the place where all people from all walks of life are always welcomed with loving arms. We strive to steer clear from the modern temptations of being too ‘churchy’ or judgmental. We are the safe space for those who haven’t felt welcomed by the church before. Timecodes: 0:00 - Introduction 1:06 - Welcome! 1:33 - Scripture 2:55 - What is The Rings of Power? 3:53 - On Fairy Stories by Tolkien 5:30 - Example of Eucatastrophe 6:40 - Scripture Analysis 7:50 - Eschatology 9:23 - What does this mean for us today? 10:55 - Thanks for Watching! 11:31 - Quick Question 12:08 - Three Things 13:02 - Twitch Clip!
13:26
September 25, 2022
That It Means To Parent A Gamer (To The Point, 3.37)
That It Means To Parent A Gamer (To The Point, 3.37)
Join the convo on our Discord: https://discord.gg/zUg5sj7 Respond to this blog here: https://www.checkpointchurch.com/post/what-it-means-to-parent-a-gamer Subscribe to the Newsletter: https://bit.ly/tothepointnews Follow the blog: https://www.checkpointchurch.com//blog To The Point is a weekly newsletter distributed through our email chain, website, and podcast. We stream Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and every other Friday: https://www.twitch.tv/checkpointchurch Checkpoint Church is the place where all people from all walks of life are always welcomed with loving arms. We strive to steer clear from the modern temptations of being too ‘churchy’ or judgmental. We are the safe space for those who haven’t felt welcomed by the church before.
02:32
September 21, 2022
Xenoblade Chronicles 3 & Serving Righteousness, Not Sin | Nerdy Sermon
Xenoblade Chronicles 3 & Serving Righteousness, Not Sin | Nerdy Sermon
Xenoblade Chronicles 3 is a behemoth of a new game that dropped, and I am barely chipping away at the surface. Still, I can’t just NOT talk about this game being fronted by the main character, which is essentially… clergy? Noah is an off-seer tasked with the responsibility to see someone off when they pass on from this life. Except - something is wrong in the world of Xenoblade Chronicles 3. But, like any good manipulation story, none of our main characters know it. Noah is the first to start sniffing that something strange is happening. What happens when death looks less like passing on and more like a power grab? Let’s talk about it. Follow Us Everywhere: https://linktr.ee/CheckpointChurch We stream Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and every other Friday: https://www.twitch.tv/checkpointchurch Writer, Filmographer: Nathan Webb Editor: Niki Turner Secret Link: https://youtu.be/FKds1Zr7biQ Checkpoint Church is the place where all people from all walks of life are always welcomed with loving arms. We strive to steer clear from the modern temptations of being too ‘churchy’ or judgmental. We are the safe space for those who haven’t felt welcomed by the church before. Timecodes: 0:00 - Introduction 0:43 - Welcome! 1:23 - Scripture 2:43 - What is Xenoblade Chronicles 3? 5:20 - Paul's Enslavement to Righteousness 7:04 - Understanding Freedom & Sin 8:29 - Noah & Friends Enslavement 9:13 - What does this mean for us today? 10:44 - Thanks for Watching! 11:02 - Quick Question 11:31 - Three Things 12:07 - Twitch Clip!
12:19
September 18, 2022
Nerds of Pray: Nerd Ministry & Gaming for Parents - Drew Dixon of Love Thy Nerd/Know Thy Gamer (1.7)
Nerds of Pray: Nerd Ministry & Gaming for Parents - Drew Dixon of Love Thy Nerd/Know Thy Gamer (1.7)
Find Full Transcript Here: https://www.checkpointchurch.com/post/nerds-of-pray-drew Nerds of Pray is the podcast where Nerd Pastor Nathan Webb of Checkpoint Church sits down with some of the leading people in the realm of Nerd/Pop Culture Ministry. He asks them questions about their specific venture into the ministry, as well as what first led them to the intersection of faith and fandom. In this episode, Nathan sits down with Drew Dixon, author of Know Thy Gamer and founder of Love Thy Nerd. Support Drew Dixon:    Twitter: @_DrewDixon Buy the Book: https://smile.amazon.com/dp/1087755220/ref=cm_sw_r_tw_dp_96KTDRTA0JKRP9T6GPGN Website: lovethynerd.com Nerds of Pray is made possible by the support of Checkpoint Church, the church for nerds, geeks, and gamers online. This episode was hosted, produced, recorded, edited, and mastered by Nathan Webb. It was captured via Cleanfeed and edited in DaVinci Resolve. Intro/Outro Music is Royalty Free: "The Little Broth" by Rolemusic    Key Art/Logo was created by: Nathan Webb    Character Art/Avatar by: mondayvibes To support Checkpoint Church and the ministry they produce, please like this video and subscribe to our channel or these other sources:  Podcast: https://anchor.fm/checkpoint-church  Linktree: https://linktr.ee/CheckpointChurch  Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/checkpointchurch  Discord: https://discord.gg/zUg5sj7  Website: http://www.checkpointchurch.com/  Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/checkpointchurchnc  Twitter: https://twitter.com/CheckpointNerd  Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/checkpointchurch/  Merch: https://checkpoint-church.creator-spring.com/ Our next episode will be dropping next month and will feature Drew Dixon of Love Thy Nerd and Know Thy Gamer. Look forward to that and thanks again so much for giving us a listen! If you have any recommendations or would like to be considered as a future guest on the podcast, submit your name and biography to checkpointchurch@gmail.com. The Checkpoint Church Podcast Hub is the hub for all of our podcasts, sermons, and special projects. To learn more, go to checkpointchurch.com or send any questions you have to checkpointchurch@gmail.com. 0:00 - Clip 0:18 - Intro 0:34 - Introducing Drew 1:37 - Welcome Drew! 4:17 - What flavor of nerd are you? 6:21 - Where did your nerd journey begin? 9:18 - Where did you first find the intersection of faith and fandom? 15:15 - Love Thy Nerd 20:41 - What does it mean to create content for Love Thy Nerd? 23:56 - The Future of Christian Content 27:25 - Hosting Hard Conversations 29:50 - Collaboration in Christian Digital Ministry 32:40 - Humans of Gaming 39:07 - Discussing Know Thy Gamer 46:14 - What do you think the future of faith and pop culture looks like? 48:46 - What are you watching/reading/playing? 57:21 - Shout outs 58:55 - Closing 1:00:00 - Credits #nerdsofpray #podcast #newpodcast #drewdixon #lovethynerd #knowthygamer #interview #church #christian #nerd #nerdpastor #checkpointchurch #nerdministry
01:00:34
September 16, 2022
Final Nail In The Coffin... In A Good Way? (To The Point, 3.36)
Final Nail In The Coffin... In A Good Way? (To The Point, 3.36)
Join the convo on our Discord: https://discord.gg/zUg5sj7 Respond to this blog here: https://www.checkpointchurch.com/post/final-nail-in-the-coffin Subscribe to the Newsletter: https://bit.ly/tothepointnews Follow the blog: https://www.checkpointchurch.com//blog To The Point is a weekly newsletter distributed through our email chain, website, and podcast. We stream Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and every other Friday: https://www.twitch.tv/checkpointchurch Checkpoint Church is the place where all people from all walks of life are always welcomed with loving arms. We strive to steer clear from the modern temptations of being too ‘churchy’ or judgmental. We are the safe space for those who haven’t felt welcomed by the church before.
02:52
September 14, 2022
Summer Time Rendering & Defeating Our Darker Selves | Nerdy Sermon
Summer Time Rendering & Defeating Our Darker Selves | Nerdy Sermon
I'm a sucker for many things, but throw together a psychological horror mystery time-loop storyline and make it an anime? I'm all aboard, bb. When I heard about the premise of Summertime Rendering, I needed to binge it all in one sitting, but then I remembered I have a three-year-old and a four-month-old, and I guess I have to actually raise them, so… I'll binge it slightly slower I guess. As I watched this new anime, I quickly noticed some striking parallels with a familiar lament from the Bible. How well do we know ourselves? While the characters in this show are literally being killed by themselves as ghost-like Shadows… don't we tend to get in our way fairly often? This nerdy sermon will discuss how we can learn to avoid shadow sickness other than just staying off that island. Let's talk about it.  Follow Us Everywhere: https://linktr.ee/CheckpointChurch We stream Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and every other Friday: https://www.twitch.tv/checkpointchurch Writer, Filmographer: Nathan Webb Editor: Niki Turner Secret Link: https://youtu.be/LxxIjy1ke1s Checkpoint Church is the place where all people from all walks of life are always welcomed with loving arms. We strive to steer clear from the modern temptations of being too ‘churchy’ or judgmental. We are the safe space for those who haven’t felt welcomed by the church before. Timecodes: 0:00 - Introduction 0:46 - Welcome! 1:25 - Scripture 2:58 - What is Summer Time Rendering? 7:20 - What does this anime have to do with Paul? 8:33 - The Adventures of Barty 9:46 - The Dark Version of You 10:13 - Wesleyan Grace 12:18 - Connecting Summer Time Rendering and Grace 12:57 - What does this mean for us today? 14:15 - Thanks for Watching! 14:35 - Quick Question 14:56 - Three Things 15:40 - Twitch Clip!
16:10
September 11, 2022
The Opportunity That Knocks (To The Point, 3.35)
The Opportunity That Knocks (To The Point, 3.35)
Join LVL2: https://bit.ly/joinlvl2 Join the convo on our Discord: https://discord.gg/zUg5sj7 Respond to this blog here: https://www.checkpointchurch.com/post/the-opportunity-that-knocks Subscribe to the Newsletter: https://bit.ly/tothepointnews Follow the blog: https://www.checkpointchurch.com//blog To The Point is a weekly newsletter distributed through our email chain, website, and podcast. We stream Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and every other Friday: https://www.twitch.tv/checkpointchurch Checkpoint Church is the place where all people from all walks of life are always welcomed with loving arms. We strive to steer clear from the modern temptations of being too ‘churchy’ or judgmental. We are the safe space for those who haven’t felt welcomed by the church before.
02:43
September 07, 2022
What Is A Nerd Church? (LVL2 Podcast 1.1)
What Is A Nerd Church? (LVL2 Podcast 1.1)
Join the convo on our Discord: https://discord.gg/zUg5sj7 Subscribe to our Newsletter: https://bit.ly/tothepointnews Follow our blog: https://www.checkpointchurch.com//blog The LVL2 Podcast is a monthly, community driven podcast distributed through our podcast hub. We stream Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and every other Friday: https://www.twitch.tv/checkpointchurch Checkpoint Church is the place where all people from all walks of life are always welcomed with loving arms. We strive to steer clear from the modern temptations of being too ‘churchy’ or judgmental. We are the safe space for those who haven’t felt welcomed by the church before.
01:06:12
September 02, 2022
Whose Pod Is It Anyway? (To The Point, 3.34)
Whose Pod Is It Anyway? (To The Point, 3.34)
Join LVL2: https://bit.ly/joinlvl2 Join the convo on our Discord: https://discord.gg/zUg5sj7 Respond to this blog here: https://www.checkpointchurch.com/post/whose-pod-is-it-anyway Subscribe to the Newsletter: https://bit.ly/tothepointnews Follow the blog: https://www.checkpointchurch.com//blog To The Point is a weekly newsletter distributed through our email chain, website, and podcast. We stream Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and every other Friday: https://www.twitch.tv/checkpointchurch Checkpoint Church is the place where all people from all walks of life are always welcomed with loving arms. We strive to steer clear from the modern temptations of being too ‘churchy’ or judgmental. We are the safe space for those who haven’t felt welcomed by the church before.
02:42
August 31, 2022
The Calling of the She-Hulk | Nerdy Sermon
The Calling of the She-Hulk | Nerdy Sermon
I just want to go ahead and acknowledge what we’re all thinking - Yes, Bruce Banner, played by 54-year-old Mark Ruffalo, did, in fact, say, “Bruh,” in the first episode of She-Hulk. It wasn’t a fever dream, as much as we wish it were. But now that that’s out of the way - we can talk about the actual important and somewhat less cringy other stuff that we got to see in She-Hulk. Most notably, I kept getting distracted by the fact that the story they were seemingly going to tell was one of my favorites in the Bible. Yeah - like, THE Bible.  So what could this definitely a lawyer show and not a superhero show possibly have to do with the Great Commission of Jesus? Let’s talk about it. Follow Us Everywhere: https://linktr.ee/CheckpointChurch We stream Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and every other Friday: https://www.twitch.tv/checkpointchurch Writer, Filmographer: Nathan Webb Editor: Niki Turner Secret Link: https://youtu.be/W7vBHbzbcos Checkpoint Church is the place where all people from all walks of life are always welcomed with loving arms. We strive to steer clear from the modern temptations of being too ‘churchy’ or judgmental. We are the safe space for those who haven’t felt welcomed by the church before. Timecodes: 0:00 - Introduction 0:38 - Welcome! 1:08 - Scripture 1:56 - Who is She-Hulk? 3:25 - The Calling to Ministry 4:10 - Esther & Her Calling 5:25 - For Such a Time As This 6:48 - What does this mean for us today? 7:45 - Thanks for Watching! 8:02 - Quick Question 8:19 - Three Things 9:10 - Twitch Clip!
09:44
August 28, 2022
I'm A Subcriber... What Does That Mean? (To The Point, 3.33)
I'm A Subcriber... What Does That Mean? (To The Point, 3.33)
How To Subscribe to Checkpoint: https://youtu.be/yDDORRJhSnY Join the convo on our Discord: https://discord.gg/zUg5sj7 Respond to this blog here: https://www.checkpointchurch.com/post/subscriber-what-does-that-mean Subscribe to the Newsletter: https://bit.ly/tothepointnews Follow the blog: https://www.checkpointchurch.com//blog To The Point is a weekly newsletter distributed through our email chain, website, and podcast. We stream Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and every other Friday: https://www.twitch.tv/checkpointchurch Checkpoint Church is the place where all people from all walks of life are always welcomed with loving arms. We strive to steer clear from the modern temptations of being too ‘churchy’ or judgmental. We are the safe space for those who haven’t felt welcomed by the church before.
02:57
August 24, 2022
Cult of the Lamb from the Perspective of Jesus | Nerdy Sermon
Cult of the Lamb from the Perspective of Jesus | Nerdy Sermon
Yep - you read that title right. We’re going to talk about it. I have to be honest that this whole topic makes me crazy uncomfortable, but I couldn’t help myself. I mean, if you want me to play your rogue-lite cult simulator game, then you better make it with adorable art and a ding-a-dang farming sim structure.  Y’all know I’m a sucker for that Stardew Valley style of gaming. I had to dive into this game. And what I found when I started playing Cult of the Lamb was a brutally fair depiction of cult behavior. It’s hilarious. It’s disturbing. It’s adorable. And it’s brutal. And I loved every second of it. But can Cult of the Lamb teach us anything as Christians? Can it do anything other than just make us question our own indoctrination? I think it’s a great way to understand what sets the Lamb of God apart from this leel lamb. So let’s talk about it. Welcome to Checkpoint Church - where nerds, geeks, and gamers come together to talk about faith, games, and if it’s good enough for Hideo Kojima, it’s good enough for me. I’m your Nerd Pastor Nate. If you like these weekly deep-dives, be sure to sub and hit that bell to find out when our next one drops. Follow Us Everywhere: https://linktr.ee/CheckpointChurch We stream Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and every other Friday: https://www.twitch.tv/checkpointchurch Writer, Filmographer: Nathan Webb Editor: Niki Turner Secret Link: https://youtu.be/W7vBHbzbcos Checkpoint Church is the place where all people from all walks of life are always welcomed with loving arms. We strive to steer clear from the modern temptations of being too ‘churchy’ or judgmental. We are the safe space for those who haven’t felt welcomed by the church before. Timecodes: 0:00 - Introduction 0:50 - Welcome! 1:18 - Scripture 2:11 - What is Cult of the Lamb? 3:37 - The Horror of Cult of the Lamb 4:10 - How the Church Relates to Cults 5:19 - How to Spot A False Prophet 6:34 - Is the Lamb a False Prophet? 8:03 - What does this mean for us today? 9:15 - Thanks for Watching! 9:35 - Quick Question 9:58 - Three Things 10:45 - Twitch Clip!
11:10
August 21, 2022
Nerds of Pray: Weird Church & Accessibility with Heather Moore of Accidental Tomatoes (1.6)
Nerds of Pray: Weird Church & Accessibility with Heather Moore of Accidental Tomatoes (1.6)
Find Full Transcript Here: https://www.checkpointchurch.com/post/nerds-of-pray-heather Nerds of Pray is the podcast where Nerd Pastor Nathan Webb of Checkpoint Church sits down with some of the leading people in the realm of Nerd/Pop Culture Ministry. He asks them questions about their specific venture into the ministry, as well as what first led them to the intersection of faith and fandom. In this episode, Nathan sits down with Heather Moore, Deacon in the United Methodist Church and Weird Church enthusiast. Support Heather Moore:    Website: https://accidentaltomatoes.com/ Twitter: @mooremusic216 Instagram: @mooremusic216 Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mooremusic216 Discord: mooremusic621 #3803 UMAMD: https://www.umdisabledministers.org/ Nerds of Pray is made possible by the support of Checkpoint Church, the church for nerds, geeks, and gamers online. This episode was hosted, produced, recorded, edited, and mastered by Nathan Webb. It was captured via Cleanfeed and edited in DaVinci Resolve. Intro/Outro Music is Royalty Free: "The Little Broth" by Rolemusic    Key Art/Logo was created by: Nathan Webb    Character Art/Avatar by: mondayvibes To support Checkpoint Church and the ministry they produce, please like this video and subscribe to our channel or these other sources:  Podcast: https://anchor.fm/checkpoint-church  Linktree: https://linktr.ee/CheckpointChurch  Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/checkpointchurch  Discord: https://discord.gg/zUg5sj7  Website: http://www.checkpointchurch.com/  Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/checkpointchurchnc  Twitter: https://twitter.com/CheckpointNerd  Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/checkpointchurch/  Merch: https://checkpoint-church.creator-spring.com/ Our next episode will be dropping next month and will feature Drew Dixon of Love Thy Nerd and Know Thy Gamer. Look forward to that and thanks again so much for giving us a listen! If you have any recommendations or would like to be considered as a future guest on the podcast, submit your name and biography to checkpointchurch@gmail.com. The Checkpoint Church Podcast Hub is the hub for all of our podcasts, sermons, and special projects. To learn more, go to checkpointchurch.com or send any questions you have to checkpointchurch@gmail.com. 0:00 - Clip 0:26 - Intro 0:43 - Introducing Heather 1:27 - Welcome Heather! 3:12 - What flavor of nerd are you? 6:05 - Where did your nerd journey begin? 8:28 - Where did you first find the intersection of faith and fandom? 10:57 - Spirituality in gaming 18:23 - Do you believe that God can use fandoms for good? 26:26 - What is Weird Church? 31:00 - Is Weird a bad word? 34:08 - Can anyone start a Weird Church? 39:40 - Accessibility in gaming, tech, & faith 49:45 - What do you think the future of faith and pop culture looks like? 51:40 - What are you watching/reading/playing? 55:07 - Shout outs 56:09 - Closing 57:05 - Credits #nerdsofpray #podcast #newpodcast #heathermoore #accidentaltomatoes #weirdchurch #interview #church #christian #nerd #nerdpastor #checkpointchurch #nerdministry
57:41
August 19, 2022
The Satanic Panic is Important (To The Point, 3.32)
The Satanic Panic is Important (To The Point, 3.32)
Tickets for The Satanic Panic here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-satanic-panic-and-the-religious-battle-for-the-imagination-watchtalk-tickets-392816543857 Join the convo on our Discord: https://discord.gg/zUg5sj7 Respond to this blog here: https://www.checkpointchurch.com/post/the-satanic-panic-is-important Subscribe to the Newsletter: https://bit.ly/tothepointnews Follow the blog: https://www.checkpointchurch.com//blog To The Point is a weekly newsletter distributed through our email chain, website, and podcast. We stream Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and every other Friday: https://www.twitch.tv/checkpointchurch Checkpoint Church is the place where all people from all walks of life are always welcomed with loving arms. We strive to steer clear from the modern temptations of being too ‘churchy’ or judgmental. We are the safe space for those who haven’t felt welcomed by the church before.
02:51
August 17, 2022
Re-Release: Nerds of Pray: GaryCon Chaplain & Geekpreacher Derek White (1.1)
Re-Release: Nerds of Pray: GaryCon Chaplain & Geekpreacher Derek White (1.1)
Find Full Transcript Here: https://www.checkpointchurch.com/post/nerdsofpray-derekwhite Nerds of Pray is the podcast where Nerd Pastor Nathan Webb of Checkpoint Church sits down with some of the leading people in the realm of Nerd/Pop Culture Ministry. He asks them questions about their specific venture into the ministry, as well as what first led them to the intersection of faith and fandom.   In this inaugural episode, Nathan sits down with Derek White, A.K.A. the Geekpreacher, to discuss his role as the Chaplain of the GaryCon Convention and his role as a minister to both nerds and lay people. They also discuss Derek's relationship with the late Gary Gygax, the co-founder of Dungeons & Dragons.    Support Derek White: Linktree: https://linktr.ee/thegeekpreacher Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/thegeekpreacher Twitter: https://twitter.com/geekpreacher TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@thegeekpreacher Website: http://geekpreacher.org/ Twitch: twitch.tv/thegoodgrognards Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheGeekpreacher Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/TheGeekpreacher/  Nerds of Pray is made possible by the support of Checkpoint Church, the church for nerds, geeks, and gamers online. This episode was hosted, produced, recorded, edited, and mastered by Nathan Webb. It was captured via Cleanfeed and edited in DaVinci Resolve.    Intro/Outro Music is Royalty Free: "The Little Broth" by Rolemusic   Key Art/Logo was created by: Nathan Webb   Character Art/Avatar by: mondayvibes   To support Checkpoint Church and the ministry they produce, please like this video and subscribe to our channel or these other sources: Podcast: https://anchor.fm/checkpoint-church Linktree: https://linktr.ee/CheckpointChurch Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/checkpointchurch Discord: https://discord.gg/zUg5sj7 Website: http://www.checkpointchurch.com/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/checkpointchurchnc Twitter: https://twitter.com/CheckpointNerd Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/checkpointchurch/ Merch: https://checkpoint-church.creator-spring.com/  Our next episode will be dropping two weeks from today and will feature one of the two leaders of Crossfire: Faith and Gaming, Russell Dornisch. Look forward to that and thanks again so much for giving us a listen!    If you have any recommendations or you would like to be considered as a future guest on the podcast, submit your name and biography to checkpointchurch@gmail.com.    The Checkpoint Church Podcast Hub is the hub for all of our podcasts, sermons, and special projects. To learn more, go to checkpointchurch.com or send any questions you have to checkpointchurch@gmail.com.   #nerdsofpray #podcast #newpodcast #derekwhite #thegeekpreacher #garycon #interview #church #christian #nerd #nerdpastor #checkpointchurch #nerdministry 
01:05:13
August 12, 2022
Thirdiversary (To The Point, 3.31)
Thirdiversary (To The Point, 3.31)
Join the convo on our Discord: https://discord.gg/zUg5sj7 Respond to this blog here: https://www.checkpointchurch.com/post/thirdiversary Subscribe to the Newsletter: https://bit.ly/tothepointnews Follow the blog: https://www.checkpointchurch.com//blog To The Point is a weekly newsletter distributed through our email chain, website, and podcast. We stream Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and every other Friday: https://www.twitch.tv/checkpointchurch Checkpoint Church is the place where all people from all walks of life are always welcomed with loving arms. We strive to steer clear from the modern temptations of being too ‘churchy’ or judgmental. We are the safe space for those who haven’t felt welcomed by the church before.
02:35
August 10, 2022
Why Chisato is the PERFECT Mentor for Takina in Lycoris Recoil | Nerdy Sermon [No Spoilers]
Why Chisato is the PERFECT Mentor for Takina in Lycoris Recoil | Nerdy Sermon [No Spoilers]
If I’m honest, I wouldn’t have started Lycoris Recoil without Hideo Kojima tweeting about it. But hoo boy, am I glad that I did! If I hadn’t taken that first step into the world of the Lycoris, I would have missed out on perhaps some of the best spy world-building of this anime season. Plus, it’s essentially John Wick, but cute. Not to mention Chisato’s ability to singlehandedly takedown Goku, more than likely. She’s kind of my hero right now. But more than anything, this anime presents us with one of my favorite stories - balance. Takina and Chisato are opposites, or are they? Let’s talk about it. Welcome to Checkpoint Church - where nerds, geeks, and gamers come together to talk about faith, games, and if it’s good enough for Hideo Kojima, it’s good enough for me. I’m your Nerd Pastor Nate. If you like these weekly deep-dives, be sure to sub and hit that bell to find out when our next one drops. Follow Us Everywhere: https://linktr.ee/CheckpointChurch We stream Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and every other Friday: https://www.twitch.tv/checkpointchurch Writer, Filmographer: Nathan Webb Editor: Niki Turner Secret Link: https://youtu.be/SUTze9SImm4 Checkpoint Church is the place where all people from all walks of life are always welcomed with loving arms. We strive to steer clear from the modern temptations of being too ‘churchy’ or judgmental. We are the safe space for those who haven’t felt welcomed by the church before. Timecodes: 0:00 - Introduction 0:39 - Welcome! 1:10 - Scripture 1:50 - What is Lycoris Recoil? 3:52 - Mentor/Student Trope 4:57 - What Drives Chisato 6:06 - Scripture Analysis 7:15 - What things are of this world? 7:50 - What does have to do with anime? 9:22 - Chisato has the truth 10:58 - What does this mean for us today? 11:40 - Why Checkpoint Exists 12:51 - Thanks for Watching! 13:12 - Quick Question 13:24 - Three Things 14:00 - Twitch Clip!
14:13
August 07, 2022
#WhyCheckpointChurch (To The Point, 3.30)
#WhyCheckpointChurch (To The Point, 3.30)
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