Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Biblical Imagination

Biblical Imagination

Bridge the Gap Between Heart & MindThere is a bridge between the heart and mind: the imagination, the means by which the Spirit begins to undo what was disintegrated by the Fall. When we allow our imaginations to be recaptured by the Holy Spirit, the facts we know in our heads come to life in our hearts.
"...though seeing, they may not see; though hearing, they may not understand." Luke 8:10
When we hear these words of Jesus something inside us shudders. We wince at the thought of someone - anyone - who has the ability to see and hear, and yet stubbornly refuses to perceive and understand. And, truth be told, our greatest fear is that we might be just that person.
But what does biblical imagination look like and ask? How do we apply facts in our heads to aches in our hearts? What is missing in our understanding that leads to a more biblical response to the Spirit of God?
Join us as we seek to reacquaint, inspire, and shape the Church with the life of Jesus imaginatively seen through the Scriptures. MICHAEL CARD

Link to Biblical Imagination video

Thursday, November 11, 2010


The painting Checkmate: The devil vs Faust.…Schach auf Ölgemälden (Chess in Oil Paintings) by Gerhard Josten…

The story has been told by Christian speakers at least as far back as 1955 when Billy Graham told a variation of it early in his ministry. As a tour guide took a group through an art gallery, he stopped before a painting entitled Checkmate. The guide talked about the painting, and then moved on. But one of the group stayed behind, staring at the chess pieces on the chessboard in the painting. The chess game was between the devil and Faust, who had sold his soul to the devil. It appears as if the devil has won. The devil has a smirk on his face, as if waiting for the final verdict, Checkmate!The young man who stayed to study the painting was a world class player.When the tour group was two corridors away, they suddenly heard their stray member running down the marble hallway to catch up, shouting, "It's a lie! It's a lie! The king has another move. Another move!"