Why is Love Greater?

A very common verse lists faith, hope, and love, and declares the superiority of love. That easily makes sense given the significance of love, but exactly in what ways is it greater? Looking at the context, we can see at least one interesting possibility. Continue reading

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Seeing Jesus Face to Face

What do we mean by having “a relationship with Jesus Christ”? There’s an interesting passage of Scripture that suggests we need more than intellectual knowledge and understanding, more than religion, even more than using our gifts. It has to do with listening, knowing, and being known… Continue reading

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Open Eyes and the Voice of God

Walking with the Lord in a life of love and obedience involves listening for Him to speak. But in these days of always-on lifestyles saturated with social media, entertaining distractions, and the normal busyness of friends and family and jobs, it’s easy to miss that still, small voice. It may even become easy to miss a loud interruption. As difficult as it can be sometimes, we need to remain receptive, but it’s important to realize this may involve more than listening. Moses’ encounter with the burning bush illustrates this. Continue reading

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Science vs. God: A Video About Pictures of God in Physics

This great little video presents a handful of concepts from physics that illustrate aspects of God’s nature. They are more than pure metaphors, but less than proofs. The lecture is presented in such a way that the concepts challenge purely secular thinking, while not attempting to force a perspective. Continue reading

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Speaking Waterfalls

I am captivated by waterfalls, and am also interested in exploring and sharing spiritual truths in different ways. Might it be possible to bring these together and use the characteristics of waterfalls to illustrate God’s nature? This would be very similar to Romans 1:20a. Could this even be a way for God to speak forth? This would be similar to the last post — if music and instruments can be used to prophecy, perhaps so can such a beautiful part of God’s creation. After all, this is something we should all seek to do. Continue reading

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Unexpected Prophecy

Here’s an interesting item that came up when reading through Chronicles. In the midst of genealogies, lists of temple workers, and so on, there are some casual statements about prophecy. They reveal some things about this gift that aren’t often thought of in the Old Testament context.

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Knowing Versus Studying

Been thinking about theology lately, partly prompted by some classes, and partly by discussion with a friend. Although I’m really into studying the Bible, I’m not really interested in theology. Discussions about end-times perspectives, or predestination, or the “problem” of evil and God’s good nature, just don’t interest me. In a way, that’s kind of weird, because I’m fairly academic and like to reason about things. But in this case, theology just never seemed interesting.

I finally started to understand why when reflecting on what “theology” means. “Theos” refers to God, and “-ology” means “the study of”. So “theology” is “the study of God”. At least, that’s one way to look at it.

So when you study theology, you are really studying the study of God. That’s a far cry from studying God, which seems much more interesting. Studying theology might lead you to read books on doctrine, while seeking to know about God would lead you to reading the Bible.

But even that seems unsatisfying. God is not an abstract entity, but Someone with whom we can have a relationship. I might try applying the same thinking to my wife, and say I want to study her. But why would I want to do that, instead of getting to know her better personally, through our relationship?

Likewise, why would I want to study God (or at least, stop at studying Him), instead of living in relationship with Him? Boy, that’s much different.

Coming back around to listening to other people, then instead of their learning about God, I may want to know about their relationships with Him. How is He working in their lives, and what do they know about Him through their experiences that would be good to share?

We even have a name for this sort of thing. It’s called “testimony”, witnessing to His activity in our lives. And that’s exactly what we’re supposed to be doing.

So instead of teaching each other intellectual facts about an abstract deity, how about if we share our personal stories of our relationships with Him? That seems like a much more interesting and fruitful activity, doesn’t it?

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From Fossils to Christ — Evangelism at the Contextual Ends of the Earth

For my entry in a recent public photography project, I wrote a little text to make it an example of the kind of evangelism described in an earlier post. The idea is to get away from Christian culture and engage people where they are, in ways that lead to Christ. A model for this is Paul on Mars Hill. There, although the rampant idolatry in Athens troubled his spirit (Acts 17:16), he actually used elements of pagan poetry to present Jesus (Acts 17:26-31). In my case, I attempted to sidestep the barriers between science and faith in order to develop a reflection of what fossils can tell us about eternity. The result uses the science of paleontology, presented for the “Mortality” panorama photography project, to actually point to Christ. Continue reading

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Battling Ideas Instead of People

I recently noticed a disquieting tendency in the Christian community. It’s not a new thing, but these recent reflections on love have made it stand out. Basically, there’s a difference between challenging an idea, and challenging the people who believe that idea. The latter seems to be more and more common, and this is unsettling. Continue reading

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The Motivation of Love (part 2)

In my previous post, I touched on the importance of love, and how it should be a foundational part of everything we do. That description was focused on individual actions, but it seems that the same principles can be applied to organizations. Although organizations don’t really love, perhaps they can be constructed so that they at least reinforce the love that should be occurring. Consider again the following verses:

“By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” John 13:35

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