The transforming power of confession – Ezekiel 11, Part 4

Editor’s Note: Thanks to David Hundert who is our guest blogger this week, continuing our series through Ezekiel. Take a look at the title of this post and think about the word, “confession.” What comes to mind? I envision a courtroom with a judge and jury, and a witness being grilled by a lawyer, whoseContinue reading “The transforming power of confession – Ezekiel 11, Part 4”

How to move from selfish blame to loving grief – Ezekiel 8, 9 and 10, Part 5

Blame. As we saw in the previous post, we can be especially quick to blame God for difficulties in life, even when we face consequences of our own decisions. Or consider that when a loved one passes away, including passing away of old age, we can bitterly question, “God, how could you let this happen?”Continue reading “How to move from selfish blame to loving grief – Ezekiel 8, 9 and 10, Part 5”

Are You Gaslighting God? – Ezekiel 8, 9 and 10, Part 4

Friends of mine have been struggling with a family member who is accusing my friends of not loving the family member. (I’m purposefully avoided gendered pronouns to preserve confidentiality.) What you need to know is that my friends’ family member committed adultery, thus damaging a relationship with another member of the family. That act ofContinue reading “Are You Gaslighting God? – Ezekiel 8, 9 and 10, Part 4”

Hope in the middle of a nightmare – Ezekiel 8, 9 and 10, Part 3

I am person who dreams almost every night during sleep. How about you? Over the years I’ve had some freakish nightmares. Sometimes they are recurring, going night after night. Others will be one-off dreams that never recur. I also have settings like the home we lived in years ago, or my church’s building, or theContinue reading “Hope in the middle of a nightmare – Ezekiel 8, 9 and 10, Part 3”

A billionaire pastor’s replica of Solomon’s temple, and God’s unsettling tour of the original – Ezekiel 8, 9 and 10, Part 2

Brazilian billionaire pastor, Edir Macedo, built a church designed to look like Solomon’s temple. See the picture above. You can read more about it here. It has a sanctuary for worship, a museum, and a helipad for Macedo’s convenience. I wonder what it would be like tour that building? How similar or different is itContinue reading “A billionaire pastor’s replica of Solomon’s temple, and God’s unsettling tour of the original – Ezekiel 8, 9 and 10, Part 2”

Eeyore, Virtual Reality, the Billionaire Space Race and the Holy Spirit – Ezekiel 8, 9, & 10, Part 1

Do you have an Eeyore in your family?  Maybe you are the Eeyore!  You know the person who is sigher, moaner and groaner.  Because life is sooooo hard!  We say to that person, “Why are you grumpy?  Cheer up!” or we try to cheer them up, giving them suggestions for how they can change.  WeContinue reading “Eeyore, Virtual Reality, the Billionaire Space Race and the Holy Spirit – Ezekiel 8, 9, & 10, Part 1”

Is this the strangest (and most interesting) verse in the Bible? – Ezekiel 8, 9, & 10, Preview

I would like to introduce you to what I consider to be one of the strangest (and maybe most interesting!) verses in the Bible.  Ezekiel 8:3, “He [the glowing metal fire creature] stretched out what looked like a hand and took me by the hair of my head.  The Spirit lifted me up between earthContinue reading “Is this the strangest (and most interesting) verse in the Bible? – Ezekiel 8, 9, & 10, Preview”

When God feels like a dropped phone call – Ezekiel 2:1-3:15, Part 4

What does it mean to have a relationship with God? Is it just an intellectual concept that has little bearing on our real day-to-day lives? How do flesh and blood people have a meaningful relationship with invisible spirit? As a result, does God feel distant? Does it feel like God is something we read aboutContinue reading “When God feels like a dropped phone call – Ezekiel 2:1-3:15, Part 4”

When God gives you a difficult job – Ezekiel 2:1-3:15, Part 2

Have you ever felt like God is asking you to do something, but it is too hard? With Ezekiel on his feet, God talks to him, giving him a new job. What kind of job? Will it be fun? Or will it be difficult? Read Ezekiel 2, verses 3-8. God calls Ezekiel to be aContinue reading “When God gives you a difficult job – Ezekiel 2:1-3:15, Part 2”

Are there prophets among us? – Ezekiel 2:1-3:15, Part 1

What comes to mind when you think of a prophet?  I think of guys like Elijah and John the Baptist, and they are wearing clothing made out of animal skins, holding staffs of wood, and their hair is out of control.  They have a personality to match.  Bold. Courageous.  They make loud and authoritative proclamations. Continue reading “Are there prophets among us? – Ezekiel 2:1-3:15, Part 1”