Monthly Archives: August 2016


Parables and Hype Cycles (Part 4)

And so now we’re ready for Revelation. And finding out what happens to the “seeds” that fell in all four areas – which of course is a way to describe everyone who is – has been – and will be on the face of this earth. God has offered salvation to all of us – but only those who successfully make it through the hype cycle – who achieve a relationship with our Savior, Jesus – are guaranteed that salvation.


Revelation, Jesus and Hype Cycles (Part 3)

As you read through these, if you’re already a Christian – think about your own experiences, like with reading the Bible and what you’ve expected after that. You’ll probably see yourself as having gone through these very feelings.
If you’re not a Christian – this will give you an idea of what to expect, and let you know that if / when you feel discouraged or wondering about things as you move along – you’re not alone. It’s part of the process of getting to know / believe / follow Jesus.


Learning from a dog – again

This entry is part 4 of 7 in the series Learning from dogs

What if we just trusted God – the one who’s in a similar relationship with us – as Dewey is to my wife & I? What if we were up for whatever He had for us – even if it seems to be painful at the time? What if we had Dewey’s attitude – we’re happy for the relationships – and just assume that whatever’s happening will be good for us.


The problem of “church words”

This entry is part 3 of 20 in the series The problem of ...

Mary Sue said she was ‘giving Joshua to God.’ That’s exactly what she said. “I was afraid that she might have made a decision—a very frightening decision—that somehow Joshua would be better off in heaven with God.” “Is that when you called the Department of Social Services?” “That’s what I did, yes.””


Forgiven

Oh – by the way – that forgiveness thing. It’s good for anything we have done. Literally – anything. There’s nothing, no matter what some may say, that won’t be forgiven. Some would say if you’ve done certain things – you can’t be in “the church”. Well – maybe not in their “church”. But in Jesus’ church – sincerely ask for forgiveness from Jesus – and you will be forgiven.


Revelation, People and Hype Cycles (Part 2)

As you read through these, if you’re already a Christian – think about your own experiences, like with reading the Bible and what you’ve expected after that. You’ll probably see yourself as having gone through these very feelings.
If you’re not a Christian – this will give you an idea of what to expect, and let you know that if / when you feel discouraged or wondering about things as you move along – you’re not alone. It’s part of the process of getting to know / believe / follow Jesus.


Revelation and Hype Cycles – Introduction

Anyway – back to the hype cycle. When you look at it from the human behavioral point of view – it makes sense that the hype cycle and Revelation would have so much in common. After all – while Gartner presumes to know people in the IT field very well – who knows more about all of us than the One who created us? (Answer: no one.)


Screwtape Letter #7 – Discussion Guide

This entry is part 17 of 65 in the series Screwtape Letters

Screwtape is giving Wormwood Plan A and plan B. He asks Wormwood what type of man the patient is – with the end goal of deciding whether he’s more susceptible to A or B. Screwtape ends by saying Plan A is best – almost certainly. Ultimately it will be up to Wormwood to choose. Compare this to how God instructs us when we go about bringing converts to God.


Screwtape Letter #7 – Questions

This entry is part 16 of 65 in the series Screwtape Letters

Screwtape is giving Wormwood Plan A and plan B. He asks Wormwood what type of man the patient is – with the end goal of deciding whether he’s more susceptible to A or B. Screwtape ends by saying Plan A is best – almost certainly. Ultimately it will be up to Wormwood to choose. Compare this to how God instructs us when we go about bringing converts to God.


Screwtape Letter #6 – Discussion Guide

This entry is part 15 of 65 in the series Screwtape Letters

Wait a minute here. Wasn’t it just in the last letter that Screwtape wrote – Consider too what undesirable deaths occur in wartime. Men are killed in places where they knew they might be killed and to which they go, if they are at all of the Enemy’s party, prepared. So why is it that now – in the very next letter – Screwtape is delighted to hear that the patient may be called up to war? What’s different now?


Screwtape Letter #6 – Questions

This entry is part 14 of 65 in the series Screwtape Letters

Wait a minute here. Wasn’t it just in the last letter that Screwtape wrote – Consider too what undesirable deaths occur in wartime. Men are killed in places where they knew they might be killed and to which they go, if they are at all of the Enemy’s party, prepared. So why is it that now – in the very next letter – Screwtape is delighted to hear that the patient may be called up to war? What’s different now?


Screwtape Letter #5 – Discussion Guide

This entry is part 13 of 65 in the series Screwtape Letters

We may hope for a good deal of cruelty and unchastity. But, if we are not careful, we shall see thousands turning in this tribulation to the Enemy, while tens of thousands who do not go so far as that will nevertheless have their attention diverted from themselves to values and causes which they believe to be higher than the self.


Screwtape Letter #5 – Questions

This entry is part 12 of 65 in the series Screwtape Letters

We may hope for a good deal of cruelty and unchastity. But, if we are not careful, we shall see thousands turning in this tribulation to the Enemy, while tens of thousands who do not go so far as that will nevertheless have their attention diverted from themselves to values and causes which they believe to be higher than the self.


Screwtape Letter #4 – Discussion Guide

This entry is part 11 of 65 in the series Screwtape Letters

Screwtape encourages getting the patient to either react against childhood experiences or to assume a level of prayer far in advance of what he is really prepared for. These both make sense – they will make it harder for the patient to focus on God , instead focusing on the act of trying to pray. But then he says It is funny how mortals always picture us as putting things into their minds: in reality our best work is done by keeping things out. Why would keeping things out of our mind be their goal?


Screwtape Letter #4 – Questions

This entry is part 10 of 65 in the series Screwtape Letters

Screwtape encourages getting the patient to either react against childhood experiences or to assume a level of prayer far in advance of what he is really prepared for. These both make sense – they will make it harder for the patient to focus on God , instead focusing on the act of trying to pray. But then he says It is funny how mortals always picture us as putting things into their minds: in reality our best work is done by keeping things out. Why would keeping things out of our mind be their goal?