I ’m going to go out on a limb here and ask if anyone’s seen the 1999 science-fiction blockbuster movie “The Matrix” starring Keaunu Reeves.
A lot of us pastor and theologian types love to see the connections between the movie and Christianity, although it’s not a Christian film, per se.
The plot is simply this:
A young, computer programmer prodigy moonlighting as a computer hacker is approached by a small group of people who know the truth:
That the world we liv
READ: Luke 13:1-9 How merciful is God?
Is there an extent to God’s mercy?
You know, the modern church is a very comfortable church.
Even in this season of Lent, when it’s supposed to be uncomfortable,
we, the Church, still not only seek comfort, but we generally refuse to give up our comfort.
That’s partially because we’ve become too familiar with God’s mercy;
and we’re too familiar with Jesus’s teachings and lessons.
Now, don’t get me wrong, God is God, and God can do
READ: Genesis 15.1-12, 17-78 I love stargazing.
I mean, I don’t own a big telescope, and I don’t trek to the farthest reaches of the land to find the least amount of light pollution to look at the stars.
And I don’t know all the names of the stars and constellations and galaxies…
But on clear nights, I often take time to walk out onto my back deck — usually while letting the dogs out — and I look up to see the stars.
It’s a blessing where I live at the top o
READ: Luke 4:1-13 So now I bring the first of the fruit of the ground that you, O LORD, have given me." You shall set it down before the LORD your God and bow down before the LORD your God.
— Deuteronomy 26:10
As many of you know, I joined about 8000 other faith leaders from around the world to attend the Exponential Conference in Orlando, Florida, this past week.
The conference aim was to equip these leaders with new ideas and techniques for reinvigorating t
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