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Drunk Batman, and why we all need a friend

So, go here and follow the links to download this comic. Even if you’re not a comic geek like me, it’s still worth (more than) the .99 cents it’ll cost you.

It’s a quick little tale, but has some really touching moments. In short, it presents the Batman we all know and love: harsh, brazen, independent, and committed to believing he is something more than human. Better than that, though, it presents us with what anyone in such a situation desperately needs: A good friend to call him on his bullshit, and still love him on the other side.

Alfred challenges Batman here, not to win the fight, but to win Batman’s wellbeing. Alfred wants what is best for Batman, even if it hurts, and is willing to give him what he needs.

It made me think of all the people in my life who’ve taught me that I can fail, I can fall, and they can still love me on the other side. Because, like Batman, I have lots of weaknesses I’d rather not acknowledge. Like Batman, I feel that to acknowledge them is to give them life, and to give them life would bring me death. Like Batman, I have been given some friends who have gone through the arduous task of giving me grace in spite of my arrogance and self-sufficiency.

Not bad for a short, one-shot comic.

I also have to say that the artwork on page 13 was one of the most clever layouts I’ve seen in a long while. It made me smile and feel  like I’d gotten away with something for getting this for only .99 cents.

Also: Drunk Batman. Pretty awesome, and I don’t know if it’s been done before.

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The End of a Rope

It’s tempting to think that focusing much on God’s work in our growth and little on our own is simply a means of taking the easy way out. But turning to God and away from our own efforts isn’t a form of saying “I don’t wan’t to change.” It’s a way of saying “I can’t change, try as I might. I need help.” The goal is not to avoid transformation, but to live free of the lie that my own sinful self can bring it about.

It’s 2 Corinthians 7:10: “Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death.” There’s a way to be sorrowful for our sin that simply puts us back on the moral treadmill, always trying to do better. This will kill us. Then there’s Godly sorrow: the sorrow of realizing that our efforts on the treadmill aren’t getting us anywhere. They make us tired, sure, and maybe even better at running (on treadmills) but they don’t change us.

Jesus meets us at the end of our ropes, when we just don’t have it in us to be good anymore. If that sound too good to be true…just keep running. You’ll run out of rope soon enough, and you’d be amazed at what Jesus can do with that.

Rebel Bird

This is how nature does bad-ass:

HT: Mockingbird

More Good Free Stuff

The people behind Page CXVI Hymns are unmasked at last! They are a band called The Autumn Film. You can download a ton of free stuff by them here. Back to regular posting soon.

On Complementarianism

If I set the sun beside the moon,

And if I set the land beside the sea,

And if I set the town beside the country,

And if I set the man beside the woman,

I suppose some fool would talk about one being better.

-“Comparisons” by G.K. Chesterton