Tears in Rain (John 11:35)

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John 11:35

Do you ever cry? Do you weep?

“Tears in Rain” is a monologue delivered by character Roy Batty (Rutger Hauer) in the 1982 Ridley Scott movie Blade Runner. It is considered by many to be one of the greatest monologues in cinematic history. The dying replicant Roy Batty delivers the speech to Blade Runner Rick Deckard, after Batty saved his life despite Deckard being sent to kill him. The scene takes place during a heavy downpour of rain, moments before Batty’s death. His tears dissolves into rain as he reflects on his experiences and imminent mortality.

Tears are indeed a mysterious form of communication.
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The Ultimate Black Swan (John 20:1-29)

 

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Submitted by Andy McIlvain.

John 20:1-29

Have you seen a swan lately? Believe it or not White Tundra Swans start out in Alaska and migrate south in February and March. Recently my wife and I observed a “bevy” of White Swans locally numbering 50-100. Continue reading

The Truth is Out There, Trust No One (John 18:37)

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Submitted by Andy McIlvain.

John 18:37

One of my favorite TV shows is The X-Files. In my opinion, it is a classic like The Twilight Zone or The Outer Limits and Night Gallery. To quote from Wikipedia, “…it turned into a pop culture touchstone that tapped into public mistrust of governments and large institutions and embraced conspiracy theories and spirituality.” Continue reading

Whose Am I? (John 16:12-15)

 

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John 16:12-15

“Discover your passions and desires and then pursue them despite any opposition,” is a common message in our current culture. Christianity does indeed validate the importance of our desires – a cursory read of the lamentation psalms makes that clear. However, Christianity is not as interested in answering the question, “Who am I?” as it is in answering the question, “Whose am I?” Continue reading

The Holy Spirit Convicts the World (John 16:1-11, part 2 of 2)

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John 16:1-11

We have an incredible ability to rationalize our behavior. Even though we do things that others might know are clearly wrong, we come up with many reasons for why what we did is right. Continue reading

How to Stand Up to Persecution (John 16:1-11, part 1 of 2)

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John 16:1-11

“They will put you out of the synagogue; in fact, the time is coming when anyone who kills you will think they are offering service to God (John 16:2).” These were the words of Jesus to his disciples before his departure. They were not the words his followers wanted to hear, but Jesus’ forewarning came true. Continue reading

Are You Looking for Answers? (John 15:26-27)

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John 15:26-27

The Holy Spirit is given many titles by Jesus in his farewell discourse (John 13:31-17:26). One of those titles is “the Spirit of truth” (John 14:17; 15:26; 16:13).

Many of us long for truth but are increasingly confounded by our search for it. We hit the internet, TED talks, podcasts, and maybe even – dare I say – Facebook, to find something we can hang our hat on and know it will hold. Continue reading

The Ark and the Way (Genesis 6:1-22), Part 3 of Jesus in Genesis

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Genesis 6:1-22

Ancient stone towers litter an ancient village located at the southernmost tip of Greece. The stone towers served as family homes, at a time when the village was self-governed. The towers not only protected the village from outside invaders, but protected the villagers from each other. The families of that village had turned family feuds into a blood sport. When one family offended another, they would hurl rocks and boiling oil from the height their tower on to the other family. The families built higher and higher towers to gain the advantage; the cycle went on until the village nearly destroyed itself. Continue reading