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The pastor of disaster, the innovator of offense, hero to dozens... it's me it's me, the T-O-N-Y-T. {speaker, singer, actor, artist, puppeteer, pastor, writer, wronger, gamer, geek, father & friend; none of which means a thing if it doesn't reflect Jesus}

Save the Date

Re-posted from Tony T’s RevolutionHeroes.com

In the video game Batman: Arkham City if you venture below the Courthouse, you can talk to an obscure Gotham rogue named Calendar Man who is locked up in a cell in the basement. The observant gamer will notice a calendar on the wall next to his cell with 12 days circled.

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  • January 1st (New Years Day)
  • February 14th (Valentines Day)
  • March 17th (St. Patrick’s Day)
  • April 1st (April Fools Day)
  • May 13th (Mothers Day)
  • June 19th (Father’s Day)
  • July 4th (Independence Day)
  • August 16th (Feast Day of Saint Roch)
  • September 5th (Labor Day)
  • October 31st (Halloween)
  • November 24th (Thanksgiving)
  • December 25th (Christmas)

If you play the game on those days in real life, then talk to Calendar Man on each of them, he will tell you a story about a crime he committed on that day. The corresponding month will also be crossed off the calendar. If you play the game on each of those 12 days for a year, you will unlock a trophy (or an achievement) for it.

People actually do this for an imaginary trophy, something that has no effect on the game whatsoever. Yet we, as believers, often struggle to commit to spending time in scripture and prayer each day, something that yields great power and wonderful results. The word encourages us to be like the psalmist who proclaims, “O God, You are my God; Early will I seek You” and “When I remember You on my bed, I meditate on You in the [night] watches.” (Psalm 6:31, 6)

Day and night God desires us to seek Him. Let us set our calendar for our daily date with Jesus… and NOW you’re playing with power!

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, For they shall be filled. Matthew 5:6

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Excelsior

So this is the first thing on my Christmas list…

Sideshow has begun preselling their HOT TOYS 1/6th scale figure of Stan “The Man” Lee.

I don’t even know WHY I want it… but man, oh, man do I want it.

See more pics at Sideshow.com and get ready to have some serious struggles of a “tenth commandment” nature.

Rock Band Night

Steve-O turns it up to 11 with this David Lee Roth meets Alice Cooper meets Dee Snyder look
Steve-O turns it up to 11 with this David Lee Roth meets Alice Cooper meets Dee Snyder look

Rock Band Night is always a big time where we invite our friends to dress up and rock out!

Tori sweetens the mix with this retro/future technopop look.
Tori sweetens the mix with this retro/future technopop look.
Neff goes for the obscure but hilarious with this reference to Wham's Wake Me Up Before You Go-go
Neff goes for the obscure but hilarious with this reference to Wham’s Wake Me Up Before You Go-go

Shakespearing Things Up!

I found this hashtag on Twitter yesterday. I don’t know where it came from, but I was delighted and instantly wanted to play along.

My only fear is that now my inner dialogue is going to speak like Mercutio all day.

Here’s a few of my favorites:


“Feel thou fortune’s favor? Art favor’d, knave?!”


“‘Tis thee hour to transform!”

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“Mark my words! I’ll not abide these ill begotten snakes on this ill begotten plane!”

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But is’t thy hope that I betray my oath?”
“Nay sir; I hope for nought save that thou diest…”

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“Yay, though mine retreat is upon me, verily, I shall return.”

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And here’s some from us @NerdOfGodcast

“Behold, thine huckleberry.”


“I bid thee halt. ‘Tis the hour of Hammer.”


“Takest thou not mine word for it.”


“I perceive thou needest a grander vessel.”


“Give pause, Physician. Tellest thou me… From the very chariot of DeLorean, thou hast contrived a machination which giveth mastery over time and hour?”

Got a Shakespearean spin on a quote you’d like to share? Hit us up in the comments!

Inspiration… Everywhere

It’s everywhere.

God’s poetry is everywhere.

From the glorious canvas on which he paints the sky to the lush melody of the birds in the trees, evidence of our creator is everywhere. In the splendor of the observable world to the mysteries of the microscopic and the vastness of the universe around us, if the art is any reflection of the artist, what a wonderful God we serve. Is it any wonder we were created to praise Him?

Perhaps one of the finest gifts in all creation is that the world around us is not merely observable in some limited capacity, as if creation were a menagerie to be seen but never touched. Rather, our world is fantastically interactive, designed to be enjoyed and explored. Across history, cultures and languages, spanning political, social or any other man-made obstacles, it seems certain that God set our world into motion with the express intent that we would share in the joys of creation to the effect that we would ultimately see and glorify its creator.

We see it in the universal pleasure we share at a child’s laughter, the pleasant smell of fresh flowers, warm sun and cool breeze, it is felt in the embrace of a loved one or something as simple and easily overlooked as the refreshment of a cool drink on a hot day… as if God has given us a Rosetta Stone of sorts, a common language of the sublime. How then do we so often neglect to see the love and wonder of our creator every day, evidenced in creation?

We call to memory Romans 1:20. “For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made”

At the majesty of the earth around us to the infinity of the stars above us, let us stand in awe. From the complex construction of atoms and molecules to the mechanical miracle that is the human body, let us marvel at the master architect. From the elegance of mathematics and logic, to the boundless capacity for creativity that He shares with us–His creation–let us be challenged to see the beauty, the wonder, the awesome power of God’s world… and in seeing, let us respond in the way we were certainly formed to… let us praise Him.

“You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they were created and have their being.”
Revelation 4:11

Welcome to the Nerd of God.cast!

The Nerd of God.cast is a forum for Christ followers who love to talk about all things geek. It’s always interesting to see how the timeless truth of the Bible is reflected in culture, and never before has culture been so influenced by things once considered “nerdy.” At the Nerd of God.cast, we embrace both sides of this discussion, and live on the edge of where Christ-culture and nerd-culture find sweet, sweet two-player co-op.

The podcast is hosted by 20-year youth ministry veteran and nerd-before-it-was-cool Tony Talavera. He’s joined by a cast of smart, funny geeks who bring to life whatever topic is on the table. Shows are released weekly, and made available through iTunes, Soundcloud, and other ad-free streaming platforms.