Month: February 2018

The Bible couldn’t be right, could it?

"No, what I mean to say is that You, O Allah, are all powerful. Surely You can enter into creation if You choose. Did You enter into this world? Did You become a man? And was that man Jesus? O Allah, the Bible couldn't be right, could it?"...

Matthew 28:19b — More than a dip in the pool

Like most things, if there is no change of heart, mind, and will, then the ritual itself has little meaning. I looked up “baptism” in the Thesaurus where three words stood out to me; three words that help me to look at baptism in a clearer light, and to focus...

Unexpected Jesus Sighting

On my birthday not long ago, my wife and I went for an afternoon drive, something we rarely have time to do, and came across a Catholic prayer mountain. We decided to go in an walk around. We were the only people there because, as we found out, this...

Love stories…

Perhaps what we need in our hyper-media’ed world of hyper-speed change are not more logically reasoned statements of faith and books of doctrine that attempt to address every possible situation is a constantly changing world, but rather a commitment to the two laws that Jesus gave—Love God and love...

As you go…

“As you are being you, as you are being present to your world, make disciples. Mission as 'going' does not mean “distant” but means just as much 'close at hand.' The center of the biblical construction is not 'go' but 'make disciples.' In short, 'make disciples … as you...

Matthew 28:18–By the authority vested in me…

And one thing is for sure; when Jesus spoke to his eleven disciples there was not a single ordained pastor, Sunday-school teacher, song leader, church board member, televangelist, Christian aid worker, Christian musician, Christian author, or any other sort of "high-profile" Christian worker among them. They were just ordinary...

Seeing Others

"Your patient must demand that all his own utterances are to be taken at their face value and judged simply on the actual words, while at the same time judging all his mother's utterances with the fullest and most over-sensitive interpretation of the tone and the context and the...

Recovering a sense of amazement…

 For example, in the Narnia series Aslan is not a fictitious representation of the doctrine of God or an abstract picture of God.  Aslan is Aslan.  Nothing more, nothing less.  Yet, in the character of Aslan shines forth something that reminds us of God—a God who is good, but...

Rehabilitation of the imagination

Some have concluded that Lewis, in writing the Narnia books, intended to write a clear and direct allegory of the Christian story; to teach or preach the Christian message through story.  This is not exactly true.  One of Lewis’ primary objective was to “rehabilitate the modern imagination.”  We live...