The Power of the Force

0745944027Rob’s supervisor, Prof. David Wilkinson, gave a lecture tonight at our college: St. John’s College, Durham University.  David is principal of the College.  His daughter is headed overseas this summer on an educational/work trip.  As part of a brilliant fund-raising plan, she convinced her father to host a lecture on Star Wars and themes of Spirituality.

David’s first Ph.D. is in astrophysics.  His second is in systematic theology.  You can see why he’s a perfect candidate to give such a lecture.  In 2000 David published a book called The Power of the Force, dealing with the issues of spirituality in the widely popular science-fiction series.  His presentation helped us reflect upon some of the themes and what they might mean for Christian discipleship.

As a part of the night, there was a Star Wars trivia quiz.  Joshua came away with the top prize: a home-made Darth Vader cake and matching plush toy.  As they used to say in my hometown paper, “A good time was had by all.”

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Joshua and the spoils.

Joshua and the spoils.




2 responses to “The Power of the Force

  1. Congratulations Joshua on your win. As we say: U.S.A. U.S.A. U.S.A. Another win!!!!
    Miss seeing all of you, and love all of the blogs. Great education for everyone.

    • Thanks Sarah. We are so grateful to have you along on this journey. Today marks 100 days until we head back to Fairhope. Rob will continue two more years of full time PhD work while I go back to work. 🙂 100 days left here causes many mixed emotions. It feels very short when we think of all the friends and places we want to spend time with. Heading back also means moving and packing again… we will be glad to see family and friends in ALabama again though. 🙂


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