Today's Devotions

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Showcase: Assorted Treats

  • Falling in Love With God +

    “falling in love with God,” as Boa’s subtitle for the facet explains. In this approach we attempt to enter into Read More
  • The Shack +

    The Shack (Windblown, 2007) is a fictional religious story about experiencing grace and learning forgiveness. It was written by William Read More
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bugler1goodJoe Carter describes the underlying fallacy behind the actions on January 6, 2021 in Washington, D.C., and encourages pastors to address it in their congregations. 

At the podium of the world’s greatest deliberative body stood the QAnon Shaman. A bare-chested man wearing red, white, and blue warpaint on his face and a bonnet made of raccoon fur and Viking horns on his head, he considers himself a “Self-Initiated Shaman, Energetic Healer, Ordained Minister” and a “metaphysical warrior, a compassionate healer, and a servant of the Divine Creator God.” He had invaded the U.S. Capitol building to raise awareness about the global cabal of Satan-worshiping cannibalistic pedophiles—like Tom Hanks and Pope Francis—who extract adrenochrome, a drug reputed to have psychedelic and life-extending benefits, from the blood of innocent children. These pedophiles can only be stopped by President Trump, whose second term will inaugurate the Ascension, the Great Awakening, the Rapture.

For a few brief moments on Wednesday, January 6, the QAnon Shaman became the face of America in 2021.

QAnon Shaman (aka Jake Angeli) has also become the representative figure for the motley group of insurrectionists—traitors, white supremacists, conspiracy theorists, domestic terrorists—who clashed with police, injuring 56 officers and killing one. While few were as colorful as Angeli, each tried to stand out in their own way. Many waved their banners (Trump flags, Confederate flags, “Jesus 2020” banners) or brandished their totems (nooses, antisemitic T-shirts, white-supremacist tattoos, Holy Bibles) to signal their allegiance to their subtribe.

But what does it all mean? What are we to make of such images? Why did they attack the seat of our government?

In order to understand the insurrection, we must view it not as a unique historical event but as the latest, dangerous manifestation of what can be considered a fantasy ideology.

For more on this, follow this link: The Fantasy Ideology of the American Insurrectionists

Reflections to Consider

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Publications

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Music

  • Jesus be the centre

    Center is a song that speaks of the essence of our life in Christ, and echoes the words the Christ Read More
  • I Lift My Hands

    A powerful hymn of adoration and praise Arkansas Gospel Mass Choir. This succinctly captures the joy of knowing our savior. Read More
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Audio & Video

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Favorites

  • Dallas Willard: An interview with John Ortberg on Understanding +

    Ortberg interviewed Willard toward the end of Willard's life about Understanding, Read More
  • Dallas Willard on C.S. Lewis +

    Willard discusses the  impact of Lewis on Christian thinking Read More
  • Dallas Willard: the genius of Jesus +

    Dallas Willard discusses the way that Jesus brings us to the Father, Read More
  • February 26 Devotional: Henri Nouwen, Ash Wednesday +

    When I speak, let it be of blessing and gratitude; Read More
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Hidden Blessings

  • The Enigma of King Saul +

    Why did God choose Saul as the first king of Israel? Read More
  • All Things Working To the Glory of God: Stephen’s Martyrdom +

    God works in mysterious ways– Read More
  • God's Love For Us +

    The well of love God has for us is deeper than our imaginations can grasp-- Read More
  • Truth versus Deceit +

    As stated countless times throughout the Bible, God is pure–God is truth. Read More
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