The following Lenten reflections come from a chapter entitled "Garbage Day" from an unpublished devotional book of mine exploring the deeper realities of faith through the daily routines of life (read more about my "Sacred Analogies"). This chapter explores the reality of the spiritual garbage (i.e., sin) in our souls and why we need to … Continue reading GARBAGE DAY 1 – Got Junk?
LENTEN REFLECTION SERIES The ancient Christian season of Lent is a 40-day journey leading up to Good Friday and Easter Sunday. Traditionally, Christians have observed this 40-day season through intentional self-examination and repentance, demonstrated by self-denial and fasting. I would like to spend this Lent by a series of reflections on the theme of sin … Continue reading When to Use the “S” Word
Now for a second key point to Jesus's "cosmic landfill" image of Hell. We should not speak of eternal damnation as something God imposes on us against our will, as if we had no choice in the matter. Jesus has taken our trash upon himself, his offer of forgiveness is always before us and he … Continue reading GARBAGE DAY 11 – Locked From The Inside (Hell 3)
What then does Jesus' graphic allusion to Jerusalem's garbage dump tell us about the nature of hell? First, as we have already discovered, each person has been created for the common purpose of bringing glory and praise to the Creator. We were made to be showcases of God’s majesty. We fulfill this role whenever we … Continue reading GARBAGE DAY 10 – Scissors That Won’t Cut (Hell 2)
Earlier I mentioned the unpopularity of the topic of repentance both inside and outside the church today. An even more hair-raising, gut-wrenching topic, offering a greater challenge to our culture’s sensibilities is the idea that an all-loving, all-merciful God would send people to some hell for all eternity. Shall we pour a cup of coffee and talk about Hell for a moment?
Are we willing to let go of certain things we love in order to gain something of even greater value? This is the whole concept behind a rummage sale, is it not? Clear out the old, unused clutter to make room for newer, better things? The Apostle Paul was faced with the same question, and made his decision abundantly clear...