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

The Span of Our Influence

Submitted by Andy McIlvain. 

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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Submitted by Andy McIlvain.

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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Submitted by Andy McIlvain.

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

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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Memento Mori (Hebrews 9:27)

 

 

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Submitted by Andy McIlvain. 

Hebrews 9:27

Memento mori is the Medieval Latin Christian theory and practice of reflection on our mortality, the vanity of earthly life and the transient nature of all earthly goods and pursuits. Memento mori literally means “Remember you must die” Continue reading

Hell on Wheels (Romans 6:23)

 

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Submitted by Andy McIlvain.

Romans 6:23

Hell, where is it, what is it? Do you think of it?

Gordon Ramsey is a world renowned chef and entrepreneur and TV personality. His lists of so-called reality TV programs are many and continue to grow, as do his programs that use the word Hell: “Hell’s Kitchen,” “Hotel Hell,” and now “Hell on Wheels.”

But what is Hell? Should we as Christian’s care? Continue reading

The Mighty Whisperer (1 Kings 19:12)

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1 Kings 19:12

If you listen carefully you can hear Gods whispers echoing around us. He is always there; he never ceases, whispering, speaking, and beckoning to us. God’s whispers are present in his revelations through creation, which surrounds us. The humming of electrons, the buzz of a fly, the footfall of an elephant, the roar of thunder, and the fall of a single sparrow (Matthew 10:29) are all known and heard by him. Continue reading