An Eternal Catch-22

1963 paperback edition of Joseph Heller’s Catch-22.

Life is one grand paradox. To enjoy life to its fullest, we have to live within the boundaries our Creator established, even if those boundaries displease us. Going beyond those boundaries to grasp more of life brings very disagreeable consequences, but what happens when we stay within those boundaries even when they are constricting, unpleasant, and painful?

Genesis 2:15-17, 3:1-19; 1 Kings 3:5-14; Isaiah 5:18-24; Romans 6:8-11

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Music: “I’m Getting Sentimental Over You,” by George Bassman and Ned Washington, performed by Members of the Original Tommy Dorsey Band, Original Big Band Collection: Tommy Dorsey, Classic Fox Records 2007.

The Insidious Nature of Evil

Neuschwanstein Castle, Bavaria. Adolf Hitler, 1914, via Wikimedia Commons.

It may be accurate to say that no one in their right mind would commend evil and condemn good. But then, the testimony of human history demonstrates that this happens far more often than we may be comfortable admitting – especially when those calling evil good and good evil also profess to be the people of God.

Isaiah 5:13-25; Amos 5:4-15; Matthew 21:33-46; Luke 11:34-36; John 1:1-5

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Music: Camille Saint-Saëns, Danse Macabre, Op. 40, performed by Daniel Barenboim conducting Luben Yordanoff and the Orchestre De Paris, Saint-Saëns: Symphony #3 “Organ”/Danse Macabre/Bacchanale/Le Deluge, Deutsche Grammophon GmbH 1976.