Resurrection and Octodad: GameCell Recap
by M. Joshua
In which, our GameCell talked about the resurrection of Jesus and octopuses who have to make coffee.
“What do you think Christianity is really about?”
I lobbed this query into a room of young men. (My suspicion was that they had the answers and maybe didn’t even know it.)
“Like, forget all hypocritical trash. What’s the real substance?”
“Like that Jesus died for our sins?” Matt replied.
“That’s an awesome point, Mr. Romano.” I said. “I like how you emphasized ‘our sins’ and made that connection to each of us. What do the rest of you guys think?”
Brian told a recent real-world good Samaritan story and how important it is to take care of others. I affirmed that that was tied to the greatest commandment. Newcomers, Garret Kraut, and Alex Hively filled in a few gaps in the story, bringing up resurrection. Alex Carter shared a bit, too. Then Vince fleshed-out how the whole story related to his experience with Jesus and the church.
“So what do you think of Jesus resurrecting from the dead?”
“Do you believe it’s true?”
Then I read this bit from John 20 in our Jesus For The Win Bibles:
Thomas said, “Unless I see the nail holes in his hands, put my finger in the nail holes, and stick my hand in his side, I won’t believe it.”
Eight days later, his disciples were again in the room. This time Thomas was with them. Jesus came through the locked doors, stood among them, and said, “Peace to you.”
Then he focused his attention on Thomas. “Take your finger and examine my hands. Take your hand and stick it in my side. Don’t be unbelieving. Believe.”
Thomas said, “My Master! My God!”
Jesus said, “So, you believe because you’ve seen with your own eyes. Even better blessings are in store for those who believe without seeing.”
Jesus provided far more God-revealing signs than are written down in this book. These are written down so you will believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and in the act of believing, have real and eternal life in the way he personally revealed it.
“So what do you think? Do you believe this?”
Garret said, “Yeah, I do believe it. I didn’t understand when I heard bible stuff before, because it was boring. But I get this.”
Octodad: Starring Alex as the legs and Garret as the arms
This got messy fast. Octodad is a hard game to control. That’s the fun of it. You’re an octopus trying to keep the world (and your family) from realizing that you’re a mollusk. It’s surprisingly easy as everybody in the world is pretty deluded. You just have to be careful not to smack your wife with a toaster or beat your kids with the milk jug when you pour them a drink. Problem is, that none of that is easy. Even when you’re two dudes who are like this:
Pretty sure they had a blast. Though, it’s pretty painful to watch when all you have to do is a simple task like, “make burgers” and our heroes can’t seem to get the last burger on the daughter’s bun because their tentacles are going each way to Sunday and Alex just laughs hysterically the entire time. Very funny. Though, maybe not exactly fun to watch. Though, everybody got to enjoy the extreme sense of accomplishment when we successfully weeded the garden, brewed coffee, and hung the birdhouse on the tree.
Then it was time for something we could all be good at.
Then Tim showed up with pizza!
GameCell Isn’t An Event Anymore
I told the guys I’ve messed up. I’ve treated GameCell like it’s an event. It’s not an event. GameCell is us. We are GameCell.
My mistake was in how I framed things by saying “Come to GameCell.” Instead, it should be, “Our GameCell is getting together. Wanna see what we’re like?” From here on out, people are a part of GameCell the moment they they show up. It’s up to them whether they want to own it or not.
So, would you like to be a part of our GameCell?