Beowulf Culminating Project

Christina Munnings

Part 1

Who is your hero?

In most stories, a hero is a person who exhibits extraordinary powers, does remarkable things and set examples for others to follow. My hero is my former youth pastor, Marcus Jones. Pastor Marcus came into my life three years ago and forever change my life and my relationship with the Lord. When, I first met Pastor Marcus, he appeared to be this young guy who was borderline hip-hop and a little street. What ministers you know, that know the lyrics to popular hip-hop songs and incorporate them in his sermons and lessons. It actually looked like he was trying too hard to be down with the young people. I wondered who this joker was and what did he want. At the time, I had no interest in attending youth church. The kids were out of order and nothing was being taught about the bible. It appeared to me that no one cared about my generation and we were lost sheep.


When Pastor Marcus arrived, it seemed like he could read me and my emotions from top to bottom. Pastor Marcus sensed that I was going through the motions of attending youth church because it was an obligation. He saw that I was not connecting anyone. i was just floating and going through the motions. Pastor Marcus encouraged me to give youth church another try and to trust him. Well, I was skeptical, but what did I have to lose.

Under Pastor Marcus’ leadership, I was challenged to think, pray and see how God impacted my life. Pastor Marcus further taught me that by having a deeper relationship with God, I would begin to love and treat myself better. Pastor Marcus allowed his life to be an open book. In his transparency, he let me know about the good things that was happening to him, as well as, his struggles. You see Pastor Marcus did not come to me as a perfect adult. He had some mis-steps along the way. He had gotten into trouble, had a child outside of marriage, and struggled in school. Even though he was not obedient, Pastor Marcus still loved the Lord and wanted to be in ministry. He felt his ministry was to go out and impact the lives of young teenagers.


Pastor Marcus embraced his calling. He became my mentor. Because of him, I became excited about attending youth church. He offered an alternative way to worship. I came to enjoy his messages wrapped in the words of a hip-hop song. In Pastor Marcus, I found a confidant, an advisor, and a teacher. He was awesome role model who has encouraged me along the way. Through his leadership, I was able to boldly step out and become a leader among my peers. Through Pastor Marcus’ encouragement, I am on the leadership team for the Conference Council on Youth Ministries (CCYM).


Because of his dedication and great work, Pastor Marcus had the opportunity to be promoted to a better job. In this job. Pastor Marcus would have a larger impact on young adult lives. He is now a pastor on a college campus. Pastor Marcus leaving has been bittersweet, it was an excellent opportunity for him but left a void for me. Being my hero, Pastor Marcus assured me that his replacement would be just as good if not better than he was. Even in his leaving he is taking care of me and my generation.

Part 2

1.

"And then a hero comes along, with the strength to carry on, and you cast your fears aside, and you know you can survive, so when you feel like hope is gone, look inside you and be strong, and you'll finally see the truth, that a hero lies in you." Mariah Carey


2.

I think that these lyrics are about looking into oneself and discovering the inner courage inside each individual, and being strong and believing in yourself through times of trouble.


3.

Beowulf can connect with these lyrics because Beowulf had to "cast [his] fears aside" in order to help protect the Danes from Grendel and Grendel's mother in order to bring faith back into the Danes.


4.

These lyrics can relate to my hero because Pastor Marcus preaches about how everybody has inner strength and how we all can help each other with this inner strength. Pastor Marcus also relates to these lyrics because he looks into hope and faith in God in order to help others.

Part 3

Connections with the following themes and with a pop culture movie:


Bravery:

The Hunger Games has bravery because Katniss had to be brave to stand up for her sister by entering herself in the Hunger Games competition instead of letting her sister go into the games


Deadly Battle:

During the Hunger Games, Katniss is placed into the Hunger Games competition and during the competition, the is the beginning event called the bloodbath. The bloodbath shows how the stronger tributes are willing to get rid of each by killing most, if not all, of the weaker tributes. The event is called the bloodbath because at least 7 tributes die during that event every competition.


Shepherd of Evil:

This movie shows how President Snow is a shepherd of evil because he only wants to control and instill fear into others.