Imagination

Podcast: Is Using the Imagination Spiritually Dangerous?

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Greg talks about cataphatic prayer and the role of the imagination. http://traffic.libsyn.com/askgregboyd/Episode_0469.mp3

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The Image That Transforms

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With the Advent of Jesus, we see the icon of God, the One in whom the otherwise invisible God is seen. The word icon comes from the Greek word for “image” (eikon). While it is…

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Loving the Unlovable

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Mother Teresa had a prayer she spoke each day that enabled her to minister effectively: Dearest Lord, may I see you today and every day in the person of your sick, and whilst nursing them,…

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Practicing Faith

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Faith is the substantiating of things hoped for and the conviction of things not yet seen, based on Hebrews 11:1 as I explained in this post. Practically speaking, this means that you become aware of…

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Why Your Imagination Matters

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The flesh, which we discussed in this post earlier this week, is shaped by Satan’s web of deception that deeply infects our imaginations. This is why it has such power to move us to perform…

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Greg’s Review of Changing Your Mind by Victor Copan

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Several months ago Victor Copan introduced himself to me at the end of a Woodland Hills Church service. He told me about his recently published book, Changing Your Mind. “I know you’re into spiritual disciplines…

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A Brief Theology of Hearing God

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It is sometimes assumed by modern readers that when believers in the Bible heard a message or saw a vision while praying, it was something people perceived with their physical eyes and heard with their…

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Theology and Imagination

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The human brain is by far the most amazing, complex, and mysterious aspect of the physical world. Our brains continually interpret our world, and the way we interpret it is mostly determined by the way…

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How to be Transformed

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We are transformed as we gaze upon the beauty and glory of God. Paul put it this way, “And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image…

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How the Holy Spirit Changes Us

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The Bible is full of stories of people who experienced the presence of God. If we are to experience something similar today, we must, through the Spirit, cultivate the spiritual capacity of an inner life…

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A Book That Won’t Leave You Unchanged

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St. Ignatius of Loyola, the 16th century founder of the Jesuits, taught that to experience the transforming power of Scripture, we need to read it “with all five senses,” using our imagination to get on…

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Why Can’t I Feel God?

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Question: Greg, you’re always talking about how we need to keep our eyes fixed on the cross to see and experience God’s love for us. But I find myself arguing with God, asking him: “How…

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Friday Bonus: It’s All Your Imagination

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This is a sermon clip from Greg’s preaching a couple of weeks ago. He testifies about answered prayer and also details the important role of the imagination in prayer. This sermon is based on Greg’s…

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When Our Images of God are Faulty

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I’m fleshing out the third proclamation of the ReKnew Manifesto, which challenges us to rethink our conception of God. In the previous post I noted that, since our relationship with God is mediated through our…

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Who’s the God in Your Head?

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The mission of ReKnew is to encourage Christians and non-Christians to rethink through things they previously thought they knew. The nine proclamations of the ReKnew Manifesto reflect nine aspects of traditional Christianity, and especially Evangelical…

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