Live Like You Fear God (Isaiah 41:10)

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Submitted by Andy McIlvain.

Isaiah 41:10

The Fear of God, what does it mean? God loves us, he is our Father yet he is a Holy Supernatural being so far removed from us it that it is death (Exodus 33:20-22) for sinful humans to look upon him. Christ then is the way we see God. We fear him because we have rebelled against him. Continue reading

Hope in Heaven Makes a Difference (Colossians 1:1-14)

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Colossians 1:1-14

The Christian hope in Heaven has often been criticized for being a form of escapism. Christians believe in a time when all will be made right, therefore they exempt themselves from doing any earthly good is how the argument often goes. But, is such criticism fair? Continue reading

A Riddle to Ourselves (Isaiah 55:8)

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Submitted by Andy McIlvain.

Isaiah 55:8

Riddle me this is a synonym for a demand that the listener solve a conundrum (something puzzling).

That conundrum is you and me. We are a riddle (a mystifying question) to ourselves within the paradox (apparent contradiction) of the Christian life. Continue reading

The Lord Lovingly Descends to Our Doubt (John 20:25-29)

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John 20:24-29

In C.S. Lewis’ The Lion Witch and the Wardrobe, Peter and Susan are troubled by their youngest sister Lucie’s claim she had entered a magical world through a wardrobe in a large, old house. Lucie claims their brother Edward visited this world too, but Edward denies it. Peter and Susan decide to visit the professor, who owns the house, for advice.

To their surprise, the professor says, “How do you know…your sister’s story is not true?” Continue reading

A Theory of Everything (Romans 1:20)

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Submitted by Andy McIlvain.

Romans 1:20

In his latest book, Can Science Explain Everything?, theologian John Lennox makes a case against “scientism,” the ideology that “science” is or should be the only measure by which society should know what is true and good. Scientism’s hubris is the idea that science is “objective” and “unbiased,” whereas things like religion and art are not. Continue reading

Give Thanks to the LORD (Psalm 118)

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Psalm 118

I came across an online article entitled “3 ways to harness positive psychology for a more resilient you.” This was the first way: “Expressing gratitude is a thankful appreciation for what you have – from a roof over your head to good health to people who care about you. When you acknowledge the goodness in your life, you begin to recognize that the source of that goodness lies at least partially outside yourself. In this way, gratitude helps you connect to something larger than your individual experience – whether to other people, nature, or a higher power.”

This pop psychology is not wrong. However, Christianity can give a “name” to that goodness outside ourselves better than any other worldview. Continue reading

Imago Dei (2 Corinthians 3:18)

Imago Dei.pngSubmitted by Andy Mcilvain.

2 Corinthians 3:18

Imago Dei “image of God” describes how humans mirror God’s divinity in our moral, spiritual, and intellectual nature. “And the Lord God formed man from the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and man became a living soul (Genesis 2:7).” Continue reading

How to Start Your Day (Psalm 5)

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Psalm 5

Have you ever had a morning when the alarm went off and you hit the snooze button and pulled the sheets over your head, because you knew what lay ahead of you that day? Though I am rarely one to tarry in bed, I have had many mornings when the task list seemed insurmountable, and I was dropping balls faster than I could pick them up. How we start our day can determine how our day will unfold. Continue reading

Ex Cruciatus and The Scandal of the Cross (1 Corinthians 2:1-2)

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Submitted by Andy McIlvain.

1 Corinthians 2:1-2

Jurgen Moltmann states in the first line of The Crucified God, “The cross is not and cannot be loved.” Continue reading

How to Pray for Your Enemies (Psalm 4)

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Psalm 4

We often hear that we are to love and pray for our enemies. But how does one do that? Psalm 4 gives us an example. Continue reading