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Peter's need for Ritalin (Mark 9:5-6) OR What we can learn from The Transfiguration and Other Mountain-Top Experiences

Peter's need for Ritalin (Mark 9:5-6) OR What we can learn from The Transfiguration and Other Mountain-Top Experiences

"Peter didn't know what the Hell he was talking about. He had no idea what the mountain-top experience really represented...Moses & Elijah represented encouragement and a reminder to be attentive to faithfulness, because dark days are coming..."

Suffering mocking, flogging, chains, imprisonment, being stoned to death, sawn in half, killed by the sword...(Heb 11:36-38) [A Card Talk for All Saints' Day/ Halloween]

Suffering mocking, flogging, chains, imprisonment, being stoned to death, sawn in half, killed by the sword...(Heb 11:36-38) [A Card Talk for All Saints' Day/ Halloween]

"...we would like to submit that good Christians tend to read and apply this passage incorrectly because we do not fully understand what the “cloud of witnesses,” the heroes of the faith, really represent ... They aren’t examples, they are warnings."

Breaking your enemy's teeth, dissolving them like snail slime, aborting them like fetuses, & washing your feet in their blood. On Biblical Schadenfreude [A four for one Card Talk on Psalm 58 ]

Breaking your enemy's teeth, dissolving them like snail slime, aborting them like fetuses, & washing your feet in their blood. On Biblical Schadenfreude [A four for one Card Talk on Psalm 58 ]

Schadenfreude:  "enjoyment obtained from the troubles of others." Sometimes God wants to kick your enemies in the face on your behalf.

Death by Lion for not Punching a Prophet (1 Kings 20:35-36) [A Guest Card Talk]

Death by Lion for not Punching a Prophet (1 Kings 20:35-36) [A Guest Card Talk]

The neat thing is we don't have to do what God's asking us to do. We don’t have to jump in a muddy river seven times, stroll around a city for seven days, or punch our friends in the face. We have free will. That's how God made us. 

Wide and Narrow Gates (Matthew 7:13-14) [Guest Card Talk]

Wide and Narrow Gates (Matthew 7:13-14) [Guest Card Talk]

"When I read this card I hear a guideline and see a lens through which to evaluate what I’m doing with my life,  in a broad, whole picture view, or within a given, specific situation. It helps me make better decisions, informed by my choice to adhere to Jesus’ teachings to the best of my ability. I don’t do this out of a fear of Hell or destruction, but out of love for life – others’ as well as my own. 

The Capable Wife and the Contentious Wife: “A quarrelsome and nagging wife” (Prv 21:19) & “A virtuous woman as defined by old Jewish men” (Prv 31) [A two-for-one Guest Card Talk]

The Capable Wife and the Contentious Wife: “A quarrelsome and nagging wife” (Prv 21:19) & “A virtuous woman as defined by old Jewish men” (Prv 31) [A two-for-one Guest Card Talk]

"These two wives are held up sort of in opposition. The bits of Proverbs from which they come are not back-to-back, but they’re part of an ongoing comparison between desirable qualities and undesirable. Sometimes these qualities are literally about a wife, sometimes they’re about the inner life of the man being addressed. In both cases, they present two women: Woman Wisdom and Woman Folly, the good wife and the bad wife."