Imago Dei (2 Corinthians 3:18)

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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

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

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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

Savior Magnified, Soul Satisfied (2 Corinthians 4:16)

Soul Satisfied

Submitted by Andy McIlvain. 

2 Corinthians 4:16

As I walked in the back door of the hospital, and down the hallway to the room were my 91-year-old mother lay dying, I suddenly realized that 62 years ago she had given birth to me in this very building. I passed the small chapel in which in years past, as a nurse, I had prayed with patient’s family members as their loved ones also stood on the precipice of death and a new life. Continue reading

The Power of Love (Psalm 33:22)

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Psalm 33:22

“Maybe we’ve spent too long trying to figure all this out with theory. So listen to me, when I say that love is not something we invented. It’s observable, powerful. It has to mean something. Love is the one thing that transcends time and space.”

Amelia Brand (Ann Hathaway) made this statement in the movie Interstellar. Interstellar is a 2014 science fiction film directed, co-written, and co-produced by Christopher Nolan. The film follows a group of astronauts who travel through a wormhole near Saturn in search of a new home for humanity. Continue reading

The Span of Our Influence (Luke 14:7-11)

The Span of Our Influence

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Luke 14:7-11

In Luke 14:7-11, Jesus’s advice to his guests becomes a lesson about life in the Kingdom of God.

When Jesus spoke this parable, he knew by his deity and in his humanity how our sinful natures twist us to selfish preoccupation. All of us have felt the tug of self-exaltation. Bigger, better and greater, be famous, have your 15 minutes of fame, be number one; you deserve it. This is the mantra of our culture and the futile goal of much of humanity. Continue reading

The Old Songs (Ephesians 5:19)

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Submitted by Andy McIlvain. 

Ephesians 5:19

I am not gifted in music, but it punctuates my life in many ways. I hear a song, and it evokes deep memories and associations of times past, whether it be Bach, the band Chicago, or country. Continue reading

Time Enough at Last (James 4:13-15)

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James 4:13-15

I chase time. I want more of it. And often in my life I have felt like Henry Bemis in the 1959 Twilight Zone episode in which the people and the world around him conspires to keep him from having more time and in his case it was to read books. Continue reading

The Speed of Life (Psalm 46:10)

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Submitted by Andy McIlvain. 

Psalm 46:10

Jesus walked. The creator of you and I and the universe, the one who spoke into being the speed of light and sustains all of creation “walked”. And like you and me he walked at the speed of about 3 miles per hour. Continue reading

The Hound of Heaven (Psalm 139)

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Psalm 139

I fled Him, down the nights and down the days;
I fled Him, down the arches of the years;
I fled Him, down the labyrinthine ways
Of my own mind; and in the mist of tears
I hid from Him, and under running laughter.
Up vistaed hopes I sped…

And so begins “The Hound of Heaven” by Francis Thompson, which has been called “the greatest ode in the English language.” The Hound in the poem is the Lord who continually seeks the writer even though the writer keeps running from Him. Continue reading

Into the Wilderness of Advent (Revelation 11:15)

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Submitted by Andy McIlvain. 

Revelation 11:15

The wilderness implies many things: a vast untamed and dangerous place, red of tooth and claw, where death and injury lurk. We travel into the wildernesses of the world with great preparation and forethought. Continue reading