Seattle cop rolls bike over protester's head. He's put on leave. Kentucky's only Black female legislator arrested at protest. When the Church is interchangeable with other institutions or nonprofits, such as a club or a soup kitchen, then its existence becomes less necessary.
They want a definite Christianity. Christianity has an identity forged over several centuries. It has two millennia of tradition at its disposal. And yet, perhaps more than any religion in the world, Protestant Christianity—particularly its American variety—is the most hesitant to avail itself of the historic contents of its own religion, despite what it has to offer to the modern world. At any rate, church leaders can spend millions on a glorified concert hall , but according to recent research, what Millennials really want is a church that looks like a church.
My own church recently held a meeting to discuss the purchase of a new building. If that's what it takes to engage and inspire millennials and younger generations, then so be it. It's a reality that can be fought, ignored or accepted, but surely the only way to build a better future is if everybody jumps on the freight train and helps shape it. The world is already divided enough as it is. The last thing we need is more people hovering on the sidelines and complaining.
US Edition U. Coronavirus News U. HuffPost Personal Video Horoscopes. Newsletters Coupons. Robert J. And I had it in mind that we should try to — I mean, I would never say this to a network — but that we should try to take the great American dead art form, the short story, and think of ourselves as short story writers. Although, of course, obeying the rules of drama — climax, resolution, building action, and whatnot. Interestingly, this perspective casts a new light on the conflict between serialised and episodic storytelling on prime-time television.
The tendency to dismiss episodic storytelling as outdated or juvenile perhaps stems from the same attitude that looks down upon short stories as opposed to full-length novels. Although they share characters and settings, the four stories are each markedly different in tone and style.
Each is short and sweet — none could sustain an entire forty-five minute episode of television on its own. They all tie together in their own way, working very well individually while still adding up to a more satisfying whole. While any of the four sections could be watched separately, they have a far greater impact together. Glen Morgan has talked quite candidly about his willingness to draw from his own personal experiences when writing, and some of his best work is the work that feels the most intimate and personal — Beyond the Sea , The Angriest Angel , Never Again , The Curse of Frank Black.
Somehow, Satan Got Behind Me feels very much like Darin Morgan pouring himself into the script, trying to commit every raw idea to the page because he knows that he might not get another chance for quite a while.
His grand themes about loneliness and isolation seep into the narrative, but the story also draws quite heavily from his own unique experiences working on two major television shows at Fox. This is perhaps most obvious in the third sequence of the story, in which the demon Greb recounts the tale of how he drove a network censor completely insane.
She actually said that. There are quite a few chuckles to be had at the short segment. The censorship segment also provides a nice framework for all sorts of sly self-aware gags. The idea of the censor having a nervous breakdown at a strip club is a fairly solid idea, but the execution is ingenious. The camera actually starts censoring various potentially naughty parts of the stripper. At another point, the lunatic censor directly addresses the camera, with Morgan cutting the episode so that the audience is staring at him through that same camera.
When he asks a question, the camera nods in response. Morgan acknowledged this reference in contemporary interviews :. It does feel like something of a cheap shot — a legitimate criticism of a popular show, but one that immediately ground Somehow, Satan Got Behind Me in the pop culture context of the late nineties.
Of course, a show called Millennium was always going to be specific to the late nineties, but the reference still feels a little awkward and forced. No sooner has the baby appeared than the demons are all criticising Greb for what they see as a sloppy work. The decision to incorporate an obvious stand-in for The X-Files into the story also feels a little bit on-the-nose, even if it does allow for the wonderful sight of actors in dodgy alien costumes waving Uzis around.
Still, Morgan manages to keep things moving along. The piece moves quickly enough, and is over fast enough, that it never outstays its welcome.
People will live in peace and harmony together. Things that have been used for war will be turned to useful purposes. Those who serve him in righteousness will have communications with God, and with Jesus; will have the ministering of angels, and will know the past, the present, and the future; and other people, who may not yield full obedience to his laws, nor be fully instructed in his covenants, will, nevertheless, have to yield full obedience to his government.
During the Millennium, there will be no death as we know it. When people have lived to an old age, they will not die and be buried. Some truths have not been revealed to us. All things will be revealed during the Millennium. If this were true, what would happen to the long list of passages above? Will the Lord say, "You foolish virgins should have made advance preparation; it's too late to let you in unless you are one of the ,"? Will He say, "Cast the unprofitable servant into outer darkness unless he is an Israelite"?
Is Israel any exception? Do they have a deferred chance to believe which no one else has? The long list of passages above allow no room for that. No matter who you are; no matter where you're from; no matter what color, race, creed, you must believe before Christ returns or else you can throw away the long list of passages above. But do not Matthew and Revelation say that all tribes of the earth mourn when they see Christ coming?
Yes, it's true. All mourn. But do they mourn in repentance? Or do they mourn because they missed salvation? Or might there be a third reason for mourning? For the sake of argument, let's suppose that all tribes mourn in repentance.
And we'll suppose that Israel gets saved just after a post-trib rapture and just as Christ descends. We'll forget that this supposition is impossible according to our long list of verses at the beginning of this chapter. For now we'll just suppose it could happen this way. But in order for it to happen this way the timing would have to be precise.
Repentance could not come before the rapture otherwise they would be raptured , and repentance cannot come after Christ returns otherwise they would be destroyed with the rest of the wicked. Repentance has to come precisely after the rapture and before the destruction in order for them to squeak by. Now post-tribs see the rapture in verse But the mourning already happened in verse Therefore, the timing doesn't work out.
Anyone who supposedly repents in verse 30 would be raptured in verse 31, and if raptured they would not have natural bodies for the millennium.
More about the order of events here in chapter eight. If the timing doesn't work out in Matthew , then what about Zechariah ? Does not Zechariah show that Israel gets saved the moment Christ descends? Is this verse talking about the moment Christ descends? Well, it doesn't say so. Is this verse talking about repentance and salvation? Taking the verse alone we can make it mean anything we want to. But to find out what it really means we need to check other Scriptures as well as the immediate context.
As I tell you this story about Israel it will explain why a remnant of Israel repents and turns to Christ before His return, and it will explain why she mourns and sorrows after His return. Several scattered passages harmonize to tell one beautiful story. To introduce our story we have two verses showing the time of Israel's repentance: "I will go and return to my place, till they acknowledge their offence, and seek my face; in their affliction they will seek me early" Hosea From these verses we know that Christ will not leave heaven, Israel will not see Him descend, until they first repent.
How does God bring about her repentance? Let us go back to Zechariah 12, not verse 10 this time, but back to the beginning of the chapter. This part of the chapter describes the end of the tribulation period when "all the people [nations] of the earth be gathered together" against Jerusalem and "when they shall be in the siege both against Judah and against Jerusalem" verses 3 and 2.
At that critical moment extermination seems certain. Then "the governors of Judah shall say in their heart, The inhabitants of Jerusalem shall be my strength in the Lord of hosts their God" verse 5.
That cry to God at that critical moment, as they recognize that their strength is in the Lord instead of in themselves, is the salvation prayer for Israel. Think of all the events that will lead up to her conversion. These days the nation Israel is victorious and proud. They feel no need to return to God; their pride will continue through the beginning of the tribulation period when they will be riding high on the coattails of antichrist.
The climax comes at the end of the tribulation, when God gathers the nations of the world against Jerusalem. By this time Jerusalem is already overrun and desolate; only half of the population remains Zechariah So for them to see all the nations gathered against her to exterminate her completely is a hopeless sight. And when Israel finally realizes that her national ambition is beyond recovery, when her last hope in this world is dashed to the ground, it is then that she turns her eyes upward.
Through these events God brings about the repentance of Israel. Her spiritual birth comes as a result of her travail, not as a result of seeing Christ when He returns. We quote and apply these verses to other situations, which is fine. But the primary meaning, according to the context, refers to Israel during the tribulation.From Zoroastrianism, seen with wings and long flowing hair also called mother of Ahriman. Adam When doing penance for his sin, separated from Eve for years, he, by impure desire, caused the earth to be filled with demons or shedim, lilin, and evil spirits (Gen).