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It's been 50 years since Star Trek first hit our television sets in the 1960s. And now, 50 years later, we're going to the movie theater this coming weekend, to see yet another installment in the Star Trek saga. This cultural phenomenon leads us to a theological one -- to the cosmic Christ, the image of th
e invisible God and the head and star of the universe -- the one who holds all things together.
For material based on today's gospel text, see "Sis-ling Rivalry," July 21, 2013, at HomileticsOnline.com.
Fifty years ago, television viewers were able to travel where no one had gone before. In 1966, they watched the first episode of the science fiction series Star Trek.
Appearing for the first time were Captain Kirk, Spock, Scotty and Sulu -- characters who became cultural icons and took their fans on a series of space adventures. In the opening line of the show, Kirk says, "Captain's log, Stardate 1513.1. Our position, orbiting planet M-113. On...