Month: July 2007

Greater Magic than Harry Potter

Elk Lake Moon

These words in the book, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (2007) by J. K. Rowling, are recorded on the white marble tombstone of James and Lily Potter: The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death (p. 328).

So who destroys death?

Tomorrow night in our inductive study, we will be meditating on the powerful praise of an ancient prophet who penned words 2,700 years ago that shook the world.

He will swallow up death in victory; and the Lord GOD will wipe away tears from off all faces; and the rebuke of his people shall he take away from off all the earth: for the LORD hath spoken it (Isaiah 25:8). (more…)

Amid American interfaith dialogue, a terrible question

Gary Burge in his commentary on John’s Gospel:

In my academic community, the Jewish/Christian dialogue is predicted on the notion that together we will find religious commonalities that do not offend the other party.  To speak otherwise is to “blaspheme” the process of interfaith discourse (cf. John 5:18).  In the university marketplace of ideas, Christian religious belief is generally held suspect because most assume that lurking beneath the surface is an absolute argument for truth that wants to upend secular systems of thought and faith.  They are right. (more…)

Do You See This Idaho Shack?

Summer RespiteThis picture of an Idaho shack is a good illustration of our present earth (Isaiah 24:20). Morally polluted, the earth is on its last leg, swaying like a drunk before the judgment of God. Al Gore is leading
a crusade to save it. But we definitely have bigger problems like mankind’s lack of acknowledging and exalting the majesty of God.

There is a scene by far more grand and beautiful than the sun filling the skies, it is when the LORD of hosts shall reign in mount Zion and in Jerusalem (Isaiah 24:23). One thing stands out before his ancients. It is glory.

His GLORY.

Stop dwelling on man’s glory.

More Blogspotting Questions

Are there any more blog stories by Sahar or others in Turkey?  I realize it has been a while.

Do Latter-day Saints believe we are saved by faith or works?  Is this the contemporary LDS Church answer?  Because it dwarfs the power of Christ’s atonement and robs the promise of glorification freely given.  Does Geoff over here, speaking of “Amazing Grace,” differ with this answer?  Speaking of Geoff, I need to catch up with this guy. (more…)