Prophets, Celebs and Those Who Drool Over Them

Everybody loves entertainment and entertainers. Let’s discuss those who swoon and drool over celebs. Let’s also discuss the parallelism between modern celebs and prophets in the ancient world (believe me, there are more than you know).

I was at Piccadilly Circus in London (which by the way has no elephants or clowns, but for some reason has the word circus as part of its name), when I saw people flocking, swooning and drooling. So curious George I am, I decided to investigate. Apparently it was the World premiere of the movie Alfie, and none other than its star, Jude Law, had just arrived. Jude, you’re a great actor and all, but I am just not as impressed as everyone else seems to be (The old version of Alfie was so much better).

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Radicals, Crazies and Prophets All Claim to See God

Both the sane and insane have claimed to see God. Skeptics and radicals, geniuses and lunatics, prophets and heretics -- there is a person in each category who has supposedly been transformed by seeing the most mysterious, illusive and illustrious being in the universe, God.

So is it true? Have all these individuals really seen God? Who has, who hasn’t? Who’s right, who’s wrong?

Some psychologists claim that if a person says they have seen God, Jesus, angels, or demons that they are crazy. Is this true? Could all these people be wrong? Is a vision of God something the imaginations of lunatics conjured up?

There are endless discussions we could have about this topic, all of which I would like to engage with eventually. But for now, let’s discuss Moses, the second prophetic figure to be addressed in our series about “seeing the infinite God in everything.” Let’s also discuss the radicals and the crazies.

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The Brand-New Bible Study Magazine Goes to Press

Today I have the privilege and honor of announcing that the inaugural issue of Bible Study Magazine went to press. For those of you who do not know, I was hired by Logos Bible Software about five months ago to launch, manage and be the Associate Editor of Bible Study Magazine. Since then, the project has been a deep passion of mine. I believe it will truly make a difference in the lives of those who read it.

If you haven't heard about Bible Study Magazine yet, please check out the brand-new, where you can get a sneak preview of a few spreads.

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Where is God? -- by John Barry

Where is God when it really hurts? When the world seems to crash down around us, and all we feel is pain, it seems that God is completely absent. In this sermon, I tell you about my experience with suffering and offer you what I have learned -- it is okay to be honest with God, even when your honesty can be quite brutal.

Judas and His Gospel -- by John Barry

Is the story the Gospel of Judas tells true? Should the Gospel of Judas be included in the Bible? In this sermon I review the historical evidence for the accuracy of the Gospel of Judas, as well as discuss issues related to the formation of the Bible.

God's Bissell and the Mystical

I began my blog by asking the question: What would it be like if you attempted to see the Infinite God in all aspects of your life?

I would like to continue our discussion of William Blake’s idea of seeing the Infinite God in everything. Let’s talk about the historical basis for the words Blake places in Isaiah’s mouth, as well as the lack of evidence for God’s giant Bissell that sucks prophets up into heaven.

In the quote we discussed last post, Blake placed some interesting words in the prophet Isaiah’s mouth -- Isaiah says, “I saw no God, nor heard any, in a finite organical perception; but my senses discover’d the infinite in every thing.”

When I reflect upon the words Blake placed in Isaiah’s mouth, I realize something about the prophet I have studied for so long (going on four years now). When Isaiah sees his vision in Isaiah 6:1-7, and hears the seraphim call one to another, “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of Hosts; the whole earth is full of His glory” (Isaiah 6:3), he may not be seeing something in heaven, as we often presuppose. Conceivably Isaiah is seeing the metaphysical in the physical, heaven here on earth. After all, there is no indication that Isaiah is sucked up into the heavens like a dust bunny in a whirlwind vacuum.

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Seeing the Infinite in Everything

The infinite is in everything, are you looking? What does it mean to “see God?” Can God be seen? Or is God simply felt and interpreted?

“The Prophets Isaiah and Ezekial dined with me, and I asked them how they dared so roundly to assert that God spake to them; and whether they did not think at the time, that they would be misunderstood, & so be the cause of imposition. Isaiah answer’d. ‘I saw no God, nor heard any, in a finite organical perception; but my senses discover’d the infinite in every thing and as I was then perswaded, & remain confirm’d, that the voice of honest indignation is the voice of God, I cared not for consequences but wrote.’”

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The Infinite God is everywhere, are you looking? I am dedicated to finding God in all aspects of life – the Bible, the news, and the arts. Because I find that the most fulfilling journey of all is searching for heaven here on earth.