Why Akathleptos?

Why Akathleptos? Because it means Uncontainable. God is infinite. Hence, the whole universe cannot contain Him. The term also refers to the incomprehensibility of God. No man can know everything about God. We can know Him personally but not exhaustively, not even in Heaven.

Why Patmos? Because the church is increasingly marginalized and exiled from the culture.

Why Pen-Names? So the focus is on the words and not who wrote them. We prefer to let what we say stand on its own merit. There is precedent in church history for this - i.e., the elusive identity of Ambrosiaster who wrote in the 4th century A.D.

“Truth is so obscured nowadays, and lies so well established, that unless we love the truth we shall never recognize it." Blaise Pascal

Monday, July 24, 2017

Last Words Can Be Revealing

.... through death he (Christ) might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil, and deliver all those who through fear of death were subject to lifelong slavery (Heb 2:14-15)

Viewer Discretion Advised

The only 911 call used in the criminal trials of the 9/11 attacks was that made by Kevin Cosgrove, an excutive for Aon Corp, who was on the 105th floor in tower two. The call ends with his screams as the tower collapses. The anger in his voice with the 911 dispatcher and Fire Department is both telling and heartbreaking. I have no idea if Kevin was a believer. But unlike others who clearly sought solace in God as the situation unraveled, Kevin's words were a stark contrast articulating anger, bitterness, impatience and hostility towards the very ones who were desperately seeking to save him. (Many of his would-be rescuers would in fact lose their lives in the process). While Kevin's death was a tragedy and my heart goes out to his widow and kids, the real tragedy was the apparent condition of his heart which unfolded during the drama.

In stark contrast were the calm last words of Todd Beamer on Flight 93 who recited the Lords Prayer with Lisa Jefferson [the GTE Airfone operator] before losing his life in a heroic failed attempt to retake the aircraft from the hijackers. Like Kevin, Todd also faced death that day - but in a far different fashion. Here is the interview with Lisa Jefferson who prayed with Todd that fateful day ....

Words and actions at the end of one's life can be quite revealing.

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