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Patreon Of The Month – Jason Wilkerson, Adventurer Under Grace

The Stats

Name: Jason Wilkerson
Age: 28
Location: Anaheim, California, USA

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Why did you choose to become a Patreon of GUG?
As a geek and a Christian, I’ve received pushback from people of those respective groups that say I can’t be one or the other. Christians have told me I shouldn’t be a geek. Geeks have told me I shouldn’t be a Christian. There’s a powerful isolation that comes from that supposed dichotomy. Geeks Under Grace is a beacon for people like us who find themselves alone between two worlds, and I’m proud to be a small supporter of that. Also, while discussing Star Citizen on the Geeks Under Grace Podcast, Cody joked he would draw a picture of a spaceship for the next person who signed up on Patreon, and I figured someone had to hold him to it. It was a very awesome spaceship.
How has GUG impacted your life?
I am in constant awe of the reviews, bible studies, and podcast conversations that pull something spiritually relevant out of non-spiritual content. My favorite example is when Joe Morgan talked about the ending of The Last of Us. Essentially, (without too many spoilers), he explained how the main character’s actions compare to that of our own God, and how significant what God did for us is.
How did you become a Christian?
I was born in a Christian home. My mother took me to church every Sunday morning. I became a Christian when I was nine. It felt like the obvious thing to do. During high school, however, I became disenchanted with going to church due to my inability to fit in, and I stopped going to services for a while after that. It wasn’t until I joined the military that God pulled me back into church. He used the struggles I was going through during that time to draw me closer. Because of that, I was able to find a church with like-minded Christian individuals that have now become my closest friends.
What’s your favorite geek activity?
I’m a video game nerd first and foremost. I might have taken an unusual route through the consoles (Atari, NES, Dreamcast, Gamecube, PS3, PC/PS4), but I still consider myself a gamer at heart. Dungeons and Dragons has been a new pastime for me since the release of 5th edition. Almost all my characters have a spiritual aspect to them. My favorite character is a Tiefling Warlock named Rhodol Redfang. A Tiefling is someone born with demon blood, has red skin and horns, and they have a bad reputation for being evil. Rhodol became a mercenary at a young age and killed many innocent people. He one day became sick with his deeds and prayed for forgiveness for his atrocities. He was then visited by an angel who took away his demon horns and gave him holy powers. His new purpose in life is to destroy evil wherever it may be.
If you had to choose a fictional character to compare yourself to, who would it be and why?
This might be a cheating answer, but I would have to say the Doctor. This comparison came from an old friend of mine. She said I’ve changed so much since before my time in the military, it was like I went through a regeneration. Apparently, I was like the 9th Doctor before, and the 10th after. As a Christian, I believe we all need to go through a regeneration in our life. Or perhaps a couple, like me.
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Patreon of the Month – Michael Miller Jr., Champion Under Grace

The Stats

Name: Michael Miller Jr.
Age: 37
Location: Everett, Washington, USA

Q&A

Why did you choose to become a Patreon of GUG?
I firmly believe in the power of using culture to help draw out the deeper truths of the Bible. We should never use culture – no matter how “pure” – in place of God’s Word, but sometimes culture can be an unwitting tool to aid in bringing about understanding. After all, we’re all too aware of the themes in comics, music, books, and movies. We’re deeply involved in the trends on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and the late MySpace. It’s possible to use these as illustrations to help make sense of the Bible’s message.
How has GUG impacted your life?
The GUG Community has been the source of many of my most delightful friendships. What makes it even better is the chance to share the utter joys of geekdom with fellow geeks without feeling like we’re boring each other. Even better is knowing we can show Christians are not out of touch with the world. We’re very much with the times and we get it – we simply subscribe to a higher calling.
How did you become a Christian?
Some time around when I was five…so, about 32 years ago. As I remember it, I was at a church my babysitter had taken me to and I was in the kids’ class. I have this recollection that one of the ladies had taken me aside and told me about Jesus and what He did for me on the cross. Though I was very young, it just seemed like it was a natural thing for me to do – to accept Christ. It made sense.
I didn’t really take my faith seriously until I was about 14, but I never doubted God was real before then. Once I was about 20, I further developed a keen interest in apologetics. I think the number one thing God is really trying to work on with me now, though, is to trust Him with everything and to let Him deeper into my heart so He can show me the love and acceptance I never felt from my dad.
What’s your favorite geek activity?
Oh, that’s easy: Video games…playing and making. Although playing is much easier. I’ve been addicted to games (for a time more literally than not) since I was first introduced to the original Pong console. Later, my mom bought my brothers and I the Atari 7800 system and I was utterly hooked. It wasn’t long before I was begging my parents for the Nintendo NES when I discovered it at a friend’s house.
When I got a bit older, I started coming up with ideas for video games of my own. Two ideas I remember was a Super Mario 64 + Donkey Kong Country super team-up game. Mario, DK, and the crew had to chase Bowser and K. Rool into Manhattan (which is arguably where Mario and Luigi are from) to stop them from turning the island into a demented Koopa-version of itself. All the team – from Mario to Peach, Toad, DK, Diddy, and Cranky – all had their own specialized skills and could be swapped out on the fly.
The second idea was a direct sequel to the SNES Zelda: A Link To The Past title. Zelda, herself, became a playable character and used a specialized bow that had a bladed edge to it so she could fight alongside Link. I had spent a lot of time developing maps, controls, and mini-games for the Mario+DK idea…not so much for my Zelda “4” idea.
Now I’m actively working in my free time to develop my own titles, but it has been a long struggle because of my naïveté in game design and lack of self-discipline. This is why Ephesians 7:8 has become my life verse: “Better is a patient finish than bragging about all the things you’ve begun.” It’s my dream to start a Christian game company that serves my employees as much as we strive to make meaningful and exciting titles.
If you had to choose a fictional character to compare yourself to, who would it be and why?
I have three I relate to:
Spider-Man – He faces normal difficulties like anyone, is almost always the first to rise to a challenge, and rarely feels he gets the credit he deserves. And yet, he does what needs to be done because he genuinely cares. Like Peter, I’ve made a ton of mistakes, but I want to take seriously that I still have to do what’s right because it’s the right thing to do. I want to lead because I want to be able to show anyone who is watching me the right way to go so they don’t have to suffer from my mistakes.
Captain America – Steve embodies what it means to live by your convictions regardless of the opposing or popular opinion. Not only does he stand firm by his convictions, but he strives to do what is good and true even at his own expense. It’s Cap’s dedication to the truth and justice that reminds me to keep doing the same in my life. There’s hardly anything worth living for if God is not at the center of it all.
Peter Pevensie – The eldest of his four siblings, Peter feels the heavy weight of taking care of his brother and sisters in the absence of their parents and he often muddles it up. He doubts himself a lot, but he never falters in how much he cares for them. Being the oldest of two younger brothers, I’ve often felt like I let my brothers down because I was usually too focused on my own interests or goals to really let them know I cared about them. I lost that tight bond brothers ought to have. I relate to Peter in that I hope to follow his example by always being there for my brothers. That, and I yearn for Aslan’s (Jesus’) call to me to go to battle…whatever that may look like.
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Chaplains Allowed To Pray (Christian News Show)

Yesterday was World Water Day, Sadie Robertson continues to encourage young Christians, Chaplains get permission to pray during Military Ceremonies.

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Chaplains Allowed To Pray (Christian News Show)

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World Has More Refugees But More Generosity Than Ever (Christian News Show)

Today we talk about two broken records. The bad one is a record high of refugees and the good one is the record high in generosity.

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World Has More Refugees But More Generosity Than Ever  (Christian News Show)

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Middle East Needs Prayer (Christian News Show)

Today we talk about the state of the Middle East and a Dentist who was sued for playing too much Christian music.

 

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ISIS Releases 270

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Muslim Protects Christians

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Iraqi Christian Sings On The Voice

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Dentist Sued For Christian Music

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Middle East Needs Prayer (Christian News Show)