Archive | February, 2011

Rob Bell’s view on hell: bad theology or good marketing?

February 28, 2011

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Rob Bell is promoting his new book, Love Wins: A Book About Heaven, Hell, and the Fate of Every Person Who Ever Lived, with the video below. As is usual with Bell, the video has great production values, along with a tone and attitude that seem targeted to today’s young people. But what caught the […]

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Jesus had a bellybutton … and I know what was in it

February 26, 2011

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If you’ve contemplated your navel lately, chances are that you’ve encountered some bellybutton lint. You might ask yourself, “How did this stuff get here and what is it made of?” To this question, I offer the following primer from the fine folks at Mental Floss: Thanks to the work of dogged bellybutton researchers like Karl […]

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If Star Wars was real

February 25, 2011

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Look at more Star Wars images you clicking here, you must … hmmm?

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Good moon rising

February 24, 2011

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The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork. Day to day pours out speech, and night to night reveals knowledge. There is no speech, nor are there words, whose voice is not heard. Their voice goes out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the […]

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Book review: Fasting

February 21, 2011

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Fasting is a spiritual discipline that is much explored, but seldom practiced in contemporary Western Christianity. But it wasn’t always so. For the first sixteen centuries of church history, abstaining from food and drink for spiritual reasons was a common practice for believers. But something happened. Scot McKnight explores the traditions of the discipline in […]

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20 hilarious tennis faces

February 19, 2011

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See all 20 here.

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Rotten sinners just make me want to throw stuff

February 17, 2011

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You can’t blame Moses for losing it. He comes down the mountain after receiving the ten commandments, and the losers in the valley had gotten completely out of hand. They had melted down their gold, made an idol for themselves, and began to worship their blasphemous creation. Understandably, Moses goes ballistic: “So I took hold […]

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Artist gives new meaning to the phrase “sermon illustrations”

February 15, 2011

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Jim LePage is uber-talented when it comes to graphic design. But he has a way with words too. He is creating a series of illustrations to go along with every book of the Bible. And he has a fresh perspective on every passage that serves as the inspiration for his designs. LePage’s creations avoid the […]

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Mad Men theology on display with fallen super model angels

February 14, 2011

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The Bible serves us a very different picture of angels that the winged super models of this commercial for men’s deodorant: In the year that King Uzziah died I saw the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up; and the train of his robe filled the temple. Above him stood the seraphim. Each […]

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Book review: Radical

February 11, 2011

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David Platt is very successful. He’s the pastor of a four-thousand member church. He travels and teaches around the world, and has two advanced college degrees to go with his three undergraduate degrees. You might says that Platt is living the American Dream. But those would be fighting words, in a manner of speaking. In […]

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