Captain Kirk and the Sorting Hat

So I’m a nerd. I married a nerd. We produced little nerdlings. As such, we’re all fans of Star Trek AND Harry Potter. I’m not exactly sure how, but at dinner tonight we started having a conversation about which Trek characters would be in which Hogwarts House. If you need a refresher on the qualities of each house, they are:

Gryffindors value courage, bravery, nerve, and chivalry
Hufflepuffs value hard work, patience, justice, and loyalty
Ravenclaws value intelligence, creativity, learning, and wit
Slytherins value ambition, cunning, leadership, and resourcefulness

Okay, got it? So here we go.

The Original Series (TOS)

Kirk – Gryffindor

Spock – Ravenclaw

McCoy – Hufflepuff

Scotty – Gryffindor

Uhura – Ravenclaw

Sulu – Hufflepuff

Chekov – Hufflepuff

That’s what we came up with. I’m sure a list like this will generate thousands of dissenting opinions, so what do you think? Next time we tackle Star Trek: The Next Generation!

How Christians Should Respond to the Pending Alien Invasion


On the MSN homepage today the scrolling headline banner had a piece called, “Is there any proof that aliens exist?”

Now, if you didn’t know, I’m a Sci-Fi nut.

I have seen all of the Star Wars and Star Trek movies. At one time in my life I even had a replica of the NCC-1701D. If you don’t know immediately what that is, shame on you…but it looked like this:

NCC 1701D

I also owned the Star Trek trivia board games (TOS & TNG).

I have on DVD the every season of The X-Files.

I’m a nerd. I can embrace it. There are many like me. Needless to say, I was intrigued by the headline I saw on MSN. So I clicked the link and was taken to this video:

I was disappointed. Shame on you, MSN, for your cheap stunt. There was no real news there!

But it got me thinking about aliens and humanity and faith. Could there be alien life “out there”? Sure, why not?

I don’t see it as an issue that conflicts with faith.

The Bible talks about God creating humanity. It never rules out that God could have created other forms of life. The point of the biblical story is for us to know that we have purpose – we are not randomly occurring life forms. The highest being designed and created us to be in relationship with Him and to be in relationship with each other. That’s a pretty cool reason for existing.

One of my favorite Ray Bradbury short stories is called “The Man.” It’s from a collection of stories called “The Illustrated Man.” Seriously, download it now (and read it later).

Anyway, this rocketship lands on an alien world and the Captain expects people to come rushing out. He’s angered when the people just don’t care. You see, the ship landed at an inopportune time. The alien town has been visited by a nameless man who heals the sick, comforts the poor, and fights hypocrisy and corruption.

Personally, I don’t think that there is any intelligent life “out there” (go ahead and insert your jokes about intelligent life on earth)…. But IF there were, God would still be God – the creator of all things, the designer of worlds. Our purpose for existing would not change.

So relax. Have some fun. Enjoy Sci-Fi.

He’s got the whole world in His hands – even the aliens. 🙂

My son, beware of anything beyond these. Of making many books there is no end, and much study is a weariness of the flesh. The end of the matter; all has been heard. Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man. (Ecclesiastes 12:12-13)

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