Category Archives: Fire

WTF Part 5: Harsh Jesus

Last time, we talked about some parables where Jesus seems naïve at first blush, but upon closer examination, the stories provide profoundly comforting messages about the generosity of God and the openness of the Kingdom of Heaven. If only all of Jesus’ … Continue reading

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Yo, Lazarus!

Last time, we explored the story of Lazarus in John 11, and speculated that while this revivification story is great for us to read about in hindsight, it might not have been all that hot to experience. Especially for Lazarus. … Continue reading

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Advent Adventures: Literally? (Part 2)

Yesterday, I abruptly ended Part 1 of this Advent Adventure by suggesting that Advent might not happen to humanity all at once, sometime in the future of our collective story, but instead, speculated that Advent happens to each human separately, at the end … Continue reading

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Advent Adventures: Scary?

I realized this week that Advent is my favorite season of the church year – except when I think too much about it. I love the structure and the rhythm of the Advent season – the way its Sundays have themes that … Continue reading

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Korah the Clod, Part 2

Yesterday, we explored the story of Korah as told in Numbers 16. It’s a pretty dark cautionary tale about not getting too big for one’s britches, and being content with your lot in life. Just the warm, fuzzy message you were … Continue reading

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Korah the Clod, Part 1

A couple of weeks ago, I mentioned that Balaam is described in the Bible as a villain along with other Old Testament antagonists, and then dropped two names on you. One was probably familiar, the other maybe not so much. Cain … Continue reading

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Hurry Up and Wait

I’m not a big fan of waiting. I get irritated watching my Keurig machine brew a cup of coffee. I glare at the microwave for at least the last 15 seconds of pretty much any cooking time. And when my kids … Continue reading

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FireWater Part 3

So far in this series, we’ve focused mainly on Old Testament uses of the terms fire and water, but the New Testament is also soaked with water references and aflame with discussions of fire. First, let’s wade into a couple … Continue reading

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FireWater Part 2

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters. – Genesis 1:1-2 Wait. If God hadn’t created anything yet, how were there waters … Continue reading

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FireWater Part 1

How can our God be a Consuming Fire (Hebrews 12:29), and yet be the source of Living Water (John 4:10)? I’ve had fire and water on the brain (there’s gotta be a better way to say that) in recent days, … Continue reading

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