Author Archives: Josh Ingram

The Spectrum of Idolatry part 4 Examples and Shadows

“For if He were on earth, He should not be a priest, seeing there are priests that offer gifts according to the law.” (Hebrews 8:4) Back up a bit to the psalms and see what the psalmist had to say regarding the outward working of inward devotion: “I will not reprove thee for thy sacrifices […]

Effluvia

“For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, then vanisheth away.” (James 4:14b) Your life isn’t effluvia, bear with me. I want to lay a groundwork for things bearing a transitory nature. Like fear and hopelessness and depression. It helps to be humble to begin with in looking at things like this. Because […]

Transition Lenses part 1 Moving from the morbid to the mundane

“Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live.” (John 11:25) Can you imagine what it’d be like if you had a name that over time and through lots of real-world examples changed to mean, uh, corporeal newness? I see a dual oronymic trend at […]

Bellwether

Plangent complaints “Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind. Neither as being lords over God’s heritage, but being ensamples to the flock.” (1 Peter 5:2-3) The leader’s instinct is in you whether you know it or not. […]

The Spectrum of Idolatry part 3 Abstract Concepts

“Then went up Moses, and Aaron, Nadab, and Abihu, and seventy of the elders of Israel: And thy saw the God of Israel: and there was under His feet as it were a paved work of a sapphire stone, and as it were the body of heaven in his clearness. And upon the nobles of […]

Sign, Wave

“And Jesus walked in the temple in Solomon’s porch. Then came the Jews round about Him, and said unto Him, How long dost Thou make us to doubt? If Thou be the Christ, tell us plainly.” (John 10:24) “Tell us plainly…” Sometimes, the forest for the trees is right in plain sight. Not sure if […]

Capacious

“Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.” (Luke 6:38) Out of our selves I love this as a rule. As a rule, […]

Epithalamion

“This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church.” (Ephesians 5:32) The error of eros Paul has just finished lining out the Christian concept of marriage. Almost by way of admission does he add the above. A “great mystery”, he says, right after quoting Genesis (2:24). Jesus does the same in […]

The Spectrum of Idolatry part 2 From Pillar to Post

“And when Asa heard these words, and the prophecy of Oded the prophet, he took courage, and put away the abominable idols out of all the land of Judah and Benjamin, and out of the cities which he had taken from mount Ephraim, and renewed the altar of the Lord, that was before the porch […]

Terroir

“A man that hath friend must shew himself friendly…” (Proverbs 18:24a) This is the way. If you want to have friends, you must be a friend, in other words. You have to terraform the locale in which you find yourself–bloom where you’re planted, as it were–in order to allow the Lord to come around with […]

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