As a dad, I find myself fairly frequently asking the question: “Am I really reaching my kids? Am I having the impact on them I want, and, more to the point, need to have?”
Exhibit A: My stepson will soon be a college senior, my stepdaughter a college freshman, my oldest blood son, a high school senior.
Exhibit B: My youngest children are on the cusp of their teenage years.
Exhibit C: My wife is talking more and more about how hot the room is. READ MORE >>>
As a genre, fantasy has made great strides in recent years, especially within Christian fiction. Yet some are still inclined to ask, “How can this be okay?”
For me, the main point of fantasy is about feeding the imagination. A healthy, daring imagination is a holy thing, and vital to raising strong, well-balanced children. While clear, anti-Biblical ideas (as opposed to merely extra-Biblical concepts such as time travel) should be viewed by parents and readers with caution, I believe too much of what is labeled “caution” or “discernment” is really READ MORE >>>
Time is both fact and dilemma. It frustrates, disappoints, rewards and thwarts. It blinds us (can’t see the future); lures us (maybe today will be better); haunts us (“memories, like the corners of my mind…”); and intoxicates (I never want this moment to end!). It is perhaps the most inescapable mystery of human existence.
The Greek poet Aeschylus captured the most direct utility of Time, noting that “Time brings all things to pass.” No duh, right? Yet the observation remains useful, if only because 2500 years later, C.S. Lewis said pretty much the same thing: “The future is something which everyone reaches at the rate of 60 minutes an hour, whatever he does, whoever he is.” In other words, you can’t escape it, you can only go through it if you wish to discover what lies on the other side. Whether we are talking about the next hour, day or decade, tomorrow is the unfulfilled mission of your life. Which brings us back to a wandering Semite named Abram, for whom God has big, big plans. Outrageous, hard-to-fathom big.
“And (God) took him outside and said, ‘Now look toward the heavens, and count the stars, if you are able to count them.’ And He said to him, ‘So shall your descendants be.’ Then he believed in the LORD; and He reckoned it to him as righteousness.” (Gen. 15:5-6)
The fact is, if we truly knew what God had in store for us—if all at once, our entire future could be compressed into present revelation—our brains would melt. So Time is a form of mercy, a steady-dripping IV, dosing your destiny so that READ MORE >>>
What’s the key to the earthly expression of a heavenly Father’s kingdom? Big clue: Look for the man with a father’s heart.
Big Picture: God created Time and Space as a palette for his great story of redemption and love. The story ends (which is really just another beginning) when the infinite heavenly realm is joined to the limited earthly realm, and the two become one. To accomplish this, Christ entered history. A great king, veiled as a lamb, is by far the most clever plot twist ever devised, right up until he tops it by allowing himself to be killed, then coming back from the dead. Then, if possible, the story gets even richer. Because of Christ, God is now able to place his divine essence right smack into the heart of humanity. The Holy Spirit is poured out. God begins to invade the planet to the tune of millions of people. “Just as My Father has granted Me a kingdom, I grant you” (Lu 22:29). Eventually the entire cosmos will be cleansed from the stain of sin. “Then comes the end, when He delivers up the kingdom to the…Father” (1 Cor. 15:24).
In spite of all the grandiosity, in human terms, the real showstopper may be how much the entire process hinged on God finding one man to start the ball rolling. Think about the READ MORE >>>