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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}

Tony T Speaking at Megacon Fan Days

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The Nerd of God.cast is excited to officially announce that I (@ItsMeTonyT) will be speaking at Megacon Fan Days in Orlando, FL this year. In cooperation with Wasabi Anime, I will be sharing on the topic Religion in Anime, or as I call it, The Gospel According to Neon Genesis Evangelion.

This is a panel that I hope people from all backgrounds can enjoy and have fun with, and I’m honored to have been invited by Tom and the Wasabi team to present again (I was featured at Florida Anime Experience in April.)

I’d love to see some of the NOGSquad come out to support, as well as to meet some of us. I might even have some giveaway stuff! My panel will be held on Saturday November 21st at 2:30pm. Pray that God uses this opportunity in a big way!

Make Contact

The next new voice you hear on the Nerd of God.cast might be your own! Starting with Episode 8 we will begin a new segment where we can read listener mail, answer questions and even have conversations in real time with you, the amazing Nerd of God Squad.

You can email in questions and comments to, watch as we Periscope, or respond to our prompt on Facebook or Twitter. We want to hear from YOU!

Daniel and the Force

If you’ve been anywhere near the internet over the past few days, it’s more than slightly likely that you’ve heard mention of Daniel Fleetwood, the terminal cancer patient who’s dying wish was to see the new Star Wars Episode VII. Fans and well-wishers rallied around the cause, with #ForceForDaniel making national news and even getting support from many stars of the films, including Mark Hamill. Today, he got his wish.

“Daniel’s final dream was just granted!!!” his wife Ashely wrote. “Today the wonderful Disney and Lucasfilm made his final dream come true, in the amazing typical Disney way, they really do make dreams come true!”

I’m glad for him, I really am. I know how real that eager anticipation for a beloved franchise can be, even without the fear of death. I personally recall, with a great degree of embarrassment, having the momentary thought, “I hope Jesus doesn’t come back before Episode III comes out.” (for the record, He didn’t. Also for the record, I would have been fine with it if he did.)

I only mention Daniel’s story to illustrate this thought; if I only had two months to live, what is it that I would hope to accomplish, what would I desire most to see come to pass?

There is nothing like staring down one’s own mortality to highlight what is truly the most precious thing in one’s life. The Bible talks about choosing wisely whom it is that we will serve, and that where we find our treasure is where our hearts will be also. We also see clearly that the things of this world are temporary, fading away in the light of eternity. I know that I’m a fan of so many movies, games, comics and shows, but I think (or should I say, hope) that given a shortened shelf-life I might re-prioritize things a bit. However, if that’s the case, and if tomorrow isn’t promised to Daniel or any of us, why do we find it so easy right now, as we are, to commit so much of our time to things that have little to no eternal impact.

I am certainly not advocating abandoning your passions and your favorite things, but I do encourage you to make sure that your life is producing fruit, that it has significance of an eternal value. Spend time with your family. Serve others with Christ-like grace. Forgive those who have hurt you. Impact a life with the good news of God’s love. Live like there’s no tomorrow, and make the best of today… and may the force be with you. Always.

Save the Date

Re-posted from Tony T’s

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.


  • 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

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.