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Jesus is not Braveheart

Here I go, stating the obvious again. I seem to have a knack for doing that in my titles. Certainly nothing will draw readers in like telling them something that everyone and their dog already knows. Assuming that their dogs read or watch movies, that is. And it would also be helpful if they had a basic grasp on theology.

Anyway. The point.

I don’t really take issue with drawing theological parallels to movies. I’ve sat under a number of sermons that referenced a movie, or even played a clip from it, to illustrate a pastor’s point. I’ve seen/heard references to Lord of the Rings (particularly The Return of the King), Gladiator, The Patriot… and even Jurassic Park. No, I’m not kidding about that last one. I wish I could remember what point it was supposed to convey. Probably had something to do with spiritual warfare. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on September 29, 2009 in Knowledge of God

 

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Takeaway Points from onething

In the post-conference aftermath as I’m crashed on my couch and fighting off a cold, I’ve been musing over the past few days. I thought I’d share some of my thoughts with you all. In no particular order, they are: Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on January 2, 2009 in Uncategorized

 

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See you at Bartle Hall

The onething conference begins today… plan on this blog being relatively silent for the next few days. Although, of course, saying that, who knows but that I’ll suddenly be prolifically inspired? We shall see.

At any rate, if you are in Kansas City, swing by the Welcome Center and say hi. If you are not in Kansas City, webstream the conference. It’s free.

 

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One More Reason to Care About the Poor

Last night I got to drop in on the FSM class Q&A that goes along with the Saturday night EGS. Normally I am unavailable at that time, but this week I was actually able to go. Because I’m a teaching assistant for the Friday night class, I get to drop in on the Saturday session whenever I’m available. It’s a great time of learning; the students write down questions about the book of Revelation and the End Times to be answered by the class facilitators (who I will come to in a minute).

Anyway, I was in the class, and one student submitted a question that went something like this: “What about the poor and totally oppressed people in the earth who haven’t heard about Jesus? Will they be spared the judgments, or will they perish?” Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on September 14, 2008 in Eschatology, Eternity, Theology

 

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Obama is not the Antichrist, just a barometer.

It seems I have again slipped into a bit of political commentary. I have an intense dislike for politics. I am more convinced than ever that the only way this country will be fixed is its citizens doing a lot of prayer and God responding by sending revival. We do need to do our part to vote godly people into office, and yes, there is a definite place for Christian activism, but ultimately this battle will be won in prayer closets and solemn assemblies, not at the voting booth. 

Anyway, my opinions being what they are, I have been keeping up with the presidential race pretty minimally, learning only enough to tell me how to vote and how to pray. But I saw an article the other day that caught my attention.

“An Antichrist Obama in McCain Ad?” (TIME Magazine)

Basically, the article is not very delicately suggesting that one of John McCain’s ads is trying to link Barack Obama to the Antichrist. I don’t have a TV, so I haven’t seen this ad myself. I’m (obviously) not on the advertising panel for McCain’s campaign, so I don’t know what they were thinking when they put the thing together. But the TIME article suggests that there may be a link between the ad in question and several Christian emails and web articles claiming that Obama could be the Antichrist. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on August 23, 2008 in Eschatology, Intercession, My Two Cents

 

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How to Respond to Terrifying Beauty

The other day, I was watching a few web clips of a team of storm chasers. This crew was made of mostly young people, all very excited about their job — part science, part road trip, mostly adrenaline rush. In this one particular clip, they were driving towards an enormous storm that all sensible people were fleeing from, and they were whooping and hollering like it was a football game. At one point, they stopped the van and stood outside, watching the swirling, green wall cloud that was all but ready to drop a twister. It was massive, brooding, and vicious, almost seeming to dare the young meteorologists, “Go on, make my day”. An awed silence fell over the group. One of the storm chasers began marveling over how beautiful it was — the colors, the rotation, and the lightning punctuating it all — and from my vantage point in the safety of my room, it was easy to see what he was talking about. You could tell that this was why he got into the job. He absolutely loved staring at big, raging thunderstorms.

In a subsequent clip, though, it was a different story.  Read the rest of this entry »

 

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Zechariah 8:6 – A Quick Thought

I hope to write the overdue Word of Life update tomorrow (today?) but for now, I will leave you with my latest favorite verse out of Zechariah:

“Thus says the LORD of hosts: ‘If it is marvelous in the eyes of the remnant of this people in these days, will it also be marvelous in My eyes?’ says the LORD of hosts” (Zech 8:6).

God says this while in the middle of unpacking the glorious Millennial future of Jerusalem. In other words, “If this is mind-blowing and astonishing to you, do you really think that I am surprised by it, too?” Read the rest of this entry »

 
 

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