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Devestating

Cormac McCarthy overwhelms the reader with lengthy sentences in this paragraph to communicate the devastation his characters are experiencing. The images are inescapably memorable: They began to come upon from time to time small cairns of rock by the roadside. … Continue reading

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Uncontainable God

God’s existence is not exhausted by the existence of the world; eternity does not fully empty itself in time; infinite is not identical with the sum total of finite beings; omniscience does not coincide with the intellectual content embodied in … Continue reading

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Some extra calvinisticum for your Christmas cheer

“Another absurdity…namely, that if the Word of God became incarnate, [he] must have been confined within the narrow prison of an earthly body, is sheer impudence! For even if the Word in his immeasurable essence united with the nature of … Continue reading

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God and analogical language

The statement that God communicates in analogical language is an attempt to reconcile the twin truths of the knowability of God and the incomprehensibility of God. God can be known truly but he cannot be known exhaustively by anyone other … Continue reading

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To The Reader

Reader, if thou intendest to go any farther, I would entreat thee to stay here a little. If thou art, as many in this pretending age, a sign or title gazer, and comest into books as Cato into the theatre, … Continue reading

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Home

Home is not just a place; it’s a knowing in the soul, a vague premonition of a far-off country that we know exists but haven’t seen yet. Ian Morgan Cron, Jesus, My Father, the CIA, and Me: A Memoir of … Continue reading

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Jesus’ ability and will

“And behold, a leper came to him and knelt before him, saying, ‘Lord, if you will, you can make me clean.’ 3 And Jesus stretched out his hand and touched him, saying, ‘I will; be clean.’ And immediately his leprosy … Continue reading

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Dust-mite drama

Not one dust mite falls through the carpet fibers and into the pad apart from your Father. He’s big enough that small doesn’t matter. Dust-mite drama doesn’t use up His attention, taking it away from something deemed by mentally incontinent college professors … Continue reading

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Wounded by grace, healed by love

I recently read The Book of Sorrows by Walter Wangerin, Jr., sequel to The Book of the Dun Cow. The work is appropriately titled, and the final section is unrelenting! The curses of the Fall–evil without and evil within–are painfully … Continue reading

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Dated and doomed

“The gospel resounds with good news for the needy and oppressed. It conveys assurance that injustice, repression, exploitation, discrimination, and poverty are dated and doomed, that no one is forced to accept the crush of evil powers as finally determinative … Continue reading

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