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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 13 and how scary it sounded at the time.   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.  Take the Book of Job, 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,” (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] huge...

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...

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