Is the Universe a Hologram?

I don’t really understand this, but it is still fascinating:

Is The Universe A Hologram? Physicists Say It’s Possible

There are religious and scientific implications galore; however, it just shows me that there is more to our existence than we can ever hope to understand.

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Non-believers and a bad taste in my mouth

I’ve been thinking…

Should we use terms like non-believers, unbelievers, etc to describe people who don’t profess some form of the “Christian” faith?

As a Christian, I’m guilty of using those terms. They are hard to avoid. But, I’ve noticed lately that they are starting to leave a bad taste in my mouth.

In truth, Christian or not, don’t we all fall in to the category of un/non-believer at some time or another? Don’t we all doubt? Don’t we all struggle? Don’t we all fall short of what we can/should be?

I think it’s time to stop using labels like these, and begin focusing on our commonalities.

What if a “church” service was attractive to everyone because the focus was our common experiences, and not things that set us apart? What if “church” was for the doubters, those who are hurting, those who struggle, those who fall short of what they know they can be?

I think it could be pretty powerful.

Memorial Weekend Communion Devo

Here’s my short communion devotional from church this morning:

Every year, as a nation, we set asside the last Monday in May as a day of remembering. We call this day Memorial Day.

Specifically, Memorial Day is a day of remembering the men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces. It’s a time to say thanks and remember the sacrifices that have contributed to the freedoms we have today.

Every week, we as a faith, set asside this time on Sundays to have our own time of remembering. We call this time Communion.

During Communion we remember our savior, Jesus, who died and was raised from the dead for the forgiveness of our sins. We take some bread to represent his body, and some juice to represent his blood, and we share it with each other, as a community, in remembrance of him.

Let us take time to participate in this act of remembrance right now

Jesus and the Walking Dead

We read the passage below in small group and all I can picture is AMC’s The Walking Dead. What’s wrong with me?

Jesus said to them, “Very truly I tell you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise them up at the last day. (John 6:53, 54 NIV)

Blasphemy?

Hold on.

It’s interesting to me how the idea of the flesh eating undead parallels what Jesus said above. Eating flesh. Drinking blood. Rising on the last day. Eternal life. These all sound crazy if more of Jesus’ story isn’t taken into consideration.

We have the benefit of knowing about the Jesus’ resurrection. I can’t imagine how difficult this teaching must have been for Jesus’ disciples. It’s no wonder a number of them left after this statement. They had no idea what was yet to come.

Even still, I still think this is a difficult teaching today. We have the benefit of seeing more of the picture but that doesn’t change the fact that we have to eat, drink and live Jesus. I’m not sure what that looks like all of the time but I guess that’s why we need to keep working at it. Jesus wasn’t in the business of making our lives easier. His goal was to help us spend eternity with him. So, if eating and drinking Jesus is what it takes, count me in and call me a zombie.