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The Great Divorce

CS Lewis continues to amaze me and countless Christians around the world even sixty years after he wrote. I just finished reading one of his more obscure titles, The Great Divorce. It is an interesting take on heaven and hell which he narrates in first person. The whole thing is but a dream from which he awakes at the end, and it is by no means meant to hold any sort of factual bearing on what really happens when we die. But it was also one of the more challenging books I have read recently. The story starts in Hell, or purgatory, or whatever you want to call it. He and those around him are but mere wisps of ghost-like forms who travel from purgatory to the outer realm of heaven. There they encounter solid, radiant spirits which turn out to be angels whose sole purpose is to get the ghosts to join them in everlasting life. As Lewis is walking around the vast, open valley, he runs into one of his greatest influences here on earth, George MacDonald, who tries to teach him about the wa…

Wrestling

These are some of this "issues" with which I have been wrestling for a while: Why are we so inconsistent in our teachings and practices on certain issues?We say women cannot speak in the "formal" assembly, yet they can say whatever is on their mind in Bible class or devotionals - neither of which are biblically authorized. So they can speak in mixed company about spiritual things in a classroom in the same building, on the same day, just at a different time - then a bell rings, we switch rooms, and suddenly they can't do a thing?Why do we say that women can't pass communion? They can sit in the pew and pass it to the person next to them - no problem. But is it suddenly taking a position of authority for them to stand in the aisles and pass it? Seriously?Why can women not say public prayers? If someone is praying in front of a group, they don't have absolute authority over anyone. We have our own power to change the words of someone else's prayers -…

yeah, he's the NOOMA guy

I recently read a book that I had heard a lot about and was very interested in reading - and I actually had the time to read at my workplace. It's a book called Velvet Elvis by Rob Bell, you may know him as the NOOMA guy. Anyway, I was excited but nervous about reading his first book (he has another one called Sex God which sounds intriguing). I was nervous because I'm always skeptical when I read books like this. I fear they may go off the deep end on some crazy tangent that has no biblical basis nor any use in furthering the kingdom of God. But I must say, I was blown away. Rob Bell articulated many thoughts I had been having about the church and Christianity in general for some time yet was always unable to express coherently. He knows his stuff. He is a true believer, not only in Bible study but in Bible scholarship. He knows his Greek and his Hebrew. He knows his ancient Israelite history. He even cites the sources from which he gathered all this information for a b…

Ask not for whom the [wedding] bell tolls...

Things I've (obviously) been thinking about: "The LORD God said, 'It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.' Now the LORD God had formed out of the ground all the beasts of the field and all the birds of the air. He brought them to the man to see what he would name them; and whatever the man called each living creature, that was its name. So the man gave names to all the livestock, the birds of the air and all the beasts of the field. But for Adam no suitable helper was found. So the LORD God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep; and while he was sleeping, he took one of the man's ribs and closed up the place with flesh. Then the LORD God made a woman from the rib he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man. The man said, "This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called 'woman,' for she was taken out of man." For this reason a man will leave his father and mother an…