Fifteen years ago, I watched helplessly as Alzheimer’s disease robbed my grandfather of his ability to recognize the people he loved most. As he slowly faded, I struggled to imagine a crueler way for someone to go than to lose his memory in that way. We are hardwired for remembering. God has given us minds capable of hanging onto the … Read More
It’s midnight in San Antonio, TX. I’m lined up on a concrete pad with 49 other young men. We’re all dog tired—worn out from emotional goodbyes, invasive medical screenings, and a plane ride or two across the country. Before long, a 7-foot tall drill sergeant comes busting through the squadron door. His profanity-laden tirade isn’t fit for print, but the … Read More
Now that I Can Only Imagine is out, folks are beginning to wonder more and more about what imagination looks like in the Christian life. We’ve been looking at four ways to cultivate a Christian imagination. Some of those ways are: See the Bigger Picture Bring Everything You’ve Got Dare to Be Creative Redefine What’s Possible Today, I want to … Read More
Since the movie, I Can Only Imagine hit theaters, I’ve had imagination on my mind quite a bit lately. It’s something I’ve been talking about with others and something I’ve written about in a Bible Study journal. For Christians, our ability to “see” the unseen is vital to our walk with the Lord in this world. But how we do … Read More
In the movie, The Father of the Bride, Steve Martin tells his daughter, Annie, that she should put her jacket on because it’s cold outside. She completely ignores her father’s suggestion, but when her fiancé gives her the exact same advice, she quickly grabs her jacket. Sometimes pastoring feels a lot like Steve Martin did at that moment. Can you … Read More
What Bart Millard and His Mother Can Teach Us About Unforgiveness “Did Bart Millard ever talk to his mother again after she left?” That’s the question I asked myself after watching the film, I Can Only Imagine. When you’ve only got a minute of screen time to tell a years-long story, details can often be hard to find. Thankfully, … Read More
Are mature Christians allowed to imagine, or is that something only children do? In today’s post, we make a case for a healthy Christian imagination. More than a simple escape, imagination is a gospel-drenched way to go deeper into God’s reality—to open the eyes of our hearts and see our whole world in the light of Jesus.