Posts made in February, 2013

Imagination and the Word of God

Posted by on Feb 20, 2013 in Bible | Comments Off on Imagination and the Word of God

Imagination and the Word of God

In popular thinking, imagination is equal to fiction. Therefore, if a child says he thinks there is a monster under the bed a frustrated parent might say, “you’re just imagining things”—as if that somehow cancels out the frightened child’s fears! More precise use of language proves that it doesn’t. While it is true that he is “just imagining things” that doesn’t exclude the possibility of a monster. When it comes to our understanding of the Bible we make the same mistake. Some conservative students of the Scripture get nervous if a teacher or author urges them to use their...

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The Premonition Trap

Posted by on Feb 13, 2013 in Brain Science, Doctrine | Comments Off on The Premonition Trap

The Premonition Trap

There have been times in my life when I seem extra vulnerable to the weird, bizarre or extraordinary—dare I say paranormal? Notice I’m not saying supernatural. At least not yet. That remains to be seen. But that’s what I mean. I’ve always relied heavily on something called “instinct” or “gut feeling” when making decisions. That’s part of it. But I have something else in mind. I’m referring to the sense that I know what’s going to happen ahead of time. The term “premonition” is often used. The times I’m most susceptible are times of anxiety and confusion. From a...

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The Ten Plagues of Personality

Posted by on Feb 6, 2013 in Brain Science | Comments Off on The Ten Plagues of Personality

The Ten Plagues of Personality

You probably know the story of Israel and their miraculous escape from Egypt. It’s found in the Old Testament book of Exodus. It’s a wonderful story filled with drama and mystery, culminating in God’s astounding intervention in the lives of his people. Today we would call the dramatic elements a real “cliff hanger.” Of course, prior to his deliverance God was also trying to make a point: that the Egyptians were not sit able to receive God’s mercy because of the hardness of their hearts. This is where all those plagues came in. There were ten of...

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