Category Archives: Imagination

Perfect?

Nobody’s perfect. In his recent Address the Mess sermon series, Atlanta megapastor Andy Stanley pointed out that when we say the above phrase – and we all say it from time to time – we’re acknowledging that ‘There is a perfect … Continue reading

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Is God Funny?

“__________ is proof that God exists, and that He has a sense of humor.” You’ve probably heard that before, with the blank filled in with ‘Sex’, or ‘The differences between men and women’ or ‘The duck-billed platypus’. And for my … Continue reading

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Imagine, Part 2: No Religion, Too

Yesterday, I talked about John Lennon’s classic ballad Imagine, and how it bears a strong resemblance to the last few chapters of Revelation. But I deliberately avoided spending time on my favorite part of the visions of John of Patmos … Continue reading

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A Baaaad Day for Goats

Tomorrow is officially Christ the King Sunday (technically the Feast of Christ the King), but when I look at the Scriptures that will be read in liturgical churches around the world, I can’t wonder if it shouldn’t be called Sheep … Continue reading

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The T-Word, Part 5: Where the Pencil Meets the Paper

Yesterday, we noted that Deuteronomy 6:16, Matthew 4:7 and Luke 4:12 instruct very clearly, ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’ And yet, it’s pretty easy to find passages where God not only chooses not to smite those who … Continue reading

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The T-Word, Part 4: When People Test God

I’m not sure how I’d fare if I had to spend six hours in an unforgiving outdoor environment without food or water. But according to Matthew 4, Mark 1 and Luke 4, Jesus lasted six weeks under these conditions. On purpose. And what’s … Continue reading

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The T-Word, Part 3: Father Abraham

Yesterday, we talked about the Book of Job, which teaches us that we’re supposed to trust God regardless of circumstances. But when it comes to the way this story discusses Job’s children, that is a difficult test. The testing of Abraham disturbs … Continue reading

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