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October 26, 2019

There are parts of the Bible that read something like a sci-fi horror movie.  I remember at the age of 12, reading this description of the beast, rising out of the water in Revelation 13and how scary it sounded – for a moment.   It turns out this is just one of the monsters in the Bible and, given the time of year, it seems appropriate to reflect on those monsters and the power we give them in our lives.  TakeJob 41 where we hear about Leviathan, a giant sea creature, a fire-breathing serpent who appears in the Psalms as well.  “Comets pour out of his mouth,fireworks arc and branch.  Smoke erupts from his nostrils like steam from a boiling pot…flames of fire stream from his mouth….king of the ocean, king of the deep.” – from Job 41, The Message    

Then there’s the prophet Daniel who had a seriously bad dream one night when he saw a terrible monster with wings and four heads…a grisly horror [with]...

October 19, 2019

I’ve come to believe that, despite its darker side – Halloween can be redemptive! After all it’s the opportunity for children and adults alike to pretend and to role play.  But more than this, we get to face some of our fears, including the reality of evil, and the fear of death.   

I’m thinking about Anne Rice,perhaps the most well-known author of “vampire” novels, and who penned The Vampire Chronicles.  She has made millions on these dark gothic novels that tap into the human longing to escape death and find immortality.  In her books, the vampire characters are immortals who can kill or give eternal life through blood.  She describes a vampire as one who “is cast out into the darkness but refuses to give up on meaning….” and looking back, Rice says that “I [too] was groping through the darkness.”  

In an interview with Cindy Crosby (Christianity Today) Rice talks about how she lost a child to leukemia; and that...

August 10, 2019

Thanks to Marc Galli, Editor in Chief of Christianity Today, I was prompted to watch an 11-minute video looking at how Forrest Gump’s production designer created Lt. Dan’s first scenes. “I am continually surprised and amazed at how much detail such people pay attention to, the tricks they use to imitate reality, and the subtle but powerful difference it makes,” he writes.  The saying goes, “The devil is in the details.”  Actually, God is in the details!  

For instance, our human bodies are made up of tiny atoms that are so small it takes 7,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 (7 octillion) of them to make an adult. And did you know that there is more bacterial life inside you than human? There are around 10 trillion of your own cells, but 10 times more bacteria. Many of the bacteria that call you home are friendly.  Not only are they harmless, but they are necessary for bodily processes like healthy digestion.  

We are composed of tiny atoms, but we are living in...

June 15, 2019

Kaitlin texted me yesterday to let me know that my bike had arrived. I was thrilled. I found it on eBay last week for a good price after going without one for three years. That’s what I deserve for leaving my Trek outside and overnight at St. John’s with a flimsy cable lock – an invitation to get it stolen. I think waiting to replace it was my self-imposed penance. Anyways, I’m free of all that now and ready to move on. I was also determined not to have to borrow someone else's bike again for the annual Bike Ride to Redondo Beach this Saturday. That being said, I wasn’t on the bike path quite yet….

That’s because my “8 speed Evo Action City Urban Bike” didn’t come ready to ride. Did I really think FedEx would deliver a fully assembled product to my front door? Have I ever seen anything but boxes come out of the back of those delivery trucks? Did I really believe that eBay’s promise to deliver the product as advertised included fully assembled bikes? Do I think I’m beginning to...

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