Thursday Quote Day: Carter Stepper

For this week’s “Thursday Quote Day” is a quote from teacher and writer Carter Stepper:

“We are defined by our stories. In each stage of our lives, there are marked moments where we can perceive with clarity how are lives have changed, shaping our individual identities in unique ways.” (Carter Stepper Bigger on the Inside: Christianity and Doctor Who)

Thursday Quote Day: The Doctor

For this week’s Thursday Quote Day, here’s another quote from Doctor Who:

“The universe is big. It’s vast and complicated and ridiculous. And sometimes, very rarely, impossible things just happen and we call them miracles.” (The Doctor Doctor Who)

The Doctor and Me


The new season of Doctor Who is set to premiere this weekend.  With the premiere, there will be a new Doctor.  There have been 12 previous Doctors (if you count the War Doctor) and Peter Capaldi will now play the Doctor.  I’ve talked about on this blog before about regeneration and the Doctor so if you want to check out that post, feel free to check the archives.

Now you may (or may not know), starting around January 2013, I started watching the show.  I didn’t just start with the 2005 revival.  I started all the way back to 1963 with the first Doctor, William Hartnell.  I watched on DVD and Netflix Instant Streaming from the first Doctor onward.  Granted, there have been some serials and episodes that have been lost in time, but the majority that are out there I’ve seen.  Aside from 8 classic serials and 1 modern Christmas special, I have seen all the Doctor Who episodes that are out there.  Last month I finished up with season 7, the 50th Anniversary episode and the Christmas episode.

At the end of the Christmas episode, there was a line that really stuck out to me that the 11th Doctor (Matt Smith) said just before his regeneration.  He said this:  “We all change.  When you think about it, we’re all different people all through our lives.  And that’s okay, that’s good.  You got to keep moving so long as you remember all the people that you used to be.”

That quote really stuck out to me because it’s true.  I’m not the same person I was a year ago.  I’m not the same as I was two years ago.  I’m not the same person I was when I was in seminary, nor am I the same person that I was in Seattle.  I’m not who I was in graduate school just I’m not the same person I was in college or high school.  Those are different people than who I am now but they are also still me.  Just like the Doctor was still the Doctor throughout the years even though his appearance and personality would change, he was still the Doctor.

There are some people out there that just know me as “High School Michael” because that was when they interacted with me the most.  There’s some that know me as “College Michael”, some as “Grad School Michael”, and so on and so forth.  I think in some ways we all tend to do that.  We have some friends in the past that we just know them in that context and if we saw them now they would still fit that context even though they’ve changed and we’ve changed.  And like some of the Doctor’s companions, there are those friends in our lives that have seen more than one version of us, have seen the difference but still know it’s us.

I hope that I’ve gotten better.  That this version of me right now is better than what I used to be.  I also know that I’m not done changing.  I will be a different Michael in a year, five years, ten years down the line.  But I will remember all the different versions of me.  I will remember all the people that I used to be.  Because they are a part of who I am and they always will be.  But they will not always be all that I am.

Time will tell how the new Doctor will be.  In some ways, the same could be said for us as well.

Thursday Quote Day: The Doctor

I’ve been watching Doctor Who for about a year now (Classic as well as the Revived Series).  I just recently finished the fifth season of the revived series.  And there was a quote in one of the episodes that stood out to me.  It came from the episode that featured the Doctor and his companion Amy going back in time to visit Vincent Van Gogh.  So for this week’s Thursday Quote Day, here is the quote:

“The way I see it, every life is a pile of good things and bad things. The good things don’t always soften the bad things, but vice versa the bad things don’t always spoil the good things or make them unimportant. And we definitely added to his pile of good things.” (The Doctor “Doctor Who”)

Doctor Who and Regeneration

50 years ago this weekend the television show Doctor Who premiered on the BBC in the United Kingdom.  It became a worldwide cultural phenomenon that has spanned the decades and the globe.  People around the world are faciniated about the adventures of the Doctor.

For those who may not know, here’s a brief description of the show:  the lead character is The Doctor, an alien who looks human who travels through time and space in what looks like an English police box (think old telephone box).  He travels with a companion (or several companions) and solve problems and fight villains who threaten the universe.

One of the key components of the story of Doctor Who is the Doctor’s ability to regenerate.  When the Doctor is near death (or some major tramatice event hapens) he regenerates into a new form.  He is still the Doctor, he just looks different and acts different.  He does retain the knowledge and memories prior so he is the same yet different.

When one thinks about regeneration and Christianity, one of the obvious things that comes to mind is 2 Corinthians 5:17: “Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things have passed away; behold, new things have come.”  When we repent and confess our sins and turn our lives over to Jesus, we go from being spiritually dead to being spiritually alive.  We are made new.

Like the Doctor, we are still the same yet different.  We still have our memories of what our lives were like prior but we are different.  And I think that as we continue to follow Jesus and major events and circumstances come our way, we continue that change.

I am not the same person that I was in January, or five years ago, or ten years ago or even 25 years ago (when I first became a Christian) or before that.  There are different versions of me throughout the years yet I’m still me throughout.  There are people that know me through multiple portions of my life and there are some that only know me in one season of my life.  And I’m sure like how certain companions of the Doctor know him a certain way, there are some friends of mine that know me from a certain way.

But the cool thing is that throughout all the different changes in my life, God is at work in all of them.  He is constantly at work in my life molding me and changing me into what He wants me to be.  Sometimes that’s hard and sometimes it hurts.  But each times those life changing events happen, I come out on the other side of it changed and for the better.

It will be interesting to see what new adventures the new Doctor will have.  It will be more interesting to see what God has in store for me and what new adventures I will have.