Is your church a spectacle in the right way or the wrong way?

By Elizabeth Prata Where are your eyes looking? What's claiming your attention? The church was the one institution whose mission depended on galvanizing attention; through its daily and weekly offices, as well as its sometimes central role in education, that is exactly what it managed to do. At the dawn of the attention industries, then, …

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Book Review: Mary Rowlandson’s captivity

By Elizabeth Prata Narrative of the Captivity and Restoration of Mrs. Mary Rowlandson Mary White Rowlandson It's a riveting account of a Puritan woman's travail through an Indian massacre and three months' captivity, and eventual ransomed release. (1675-6). It was the time of King Philips War and the colony had gotten very bloody very quickly. …

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The cross is the greatest spectacle there ever was or will be

By Elizabeth Prata Tony Reinke's last chapters of Competing Spectacles so moved me I designed this picture to stare at and better ponder its truths. The mental picture of it was so vivid before my eyes I had to draw it out. Initially I drew just the wavy line and the cross. The cross is …

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When God speaks a name twice

By Elizabeth Prata Bible trivia: When a name is used twice in a row it is an expression of intimacy, communicating great emotion. Abraham! Abraham! Genesis 22:11. Jacob, Jacob. Genesis 46:2. Moses, Moses! Exodus 3:4. Samuel! Samuel!1 Samuel 3:10. Martha, Martha. Luke 10:41. Simon, Simon. Luke 22:31. Jerusalem, Jerusalem Matthew 23:37. Saul, Saul. Acts 9:4 …

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Beth Moore deleted half her Kindle chapter: Breaking the Social Compact

By Elizabeth Prata You know that Beth Moore deleted a portion of the material in the Kindle version of the book Praying God’s Word, but that deletion is more extensive than most people know. She got rid of the entire discussion on homosexuality from her chapter Overcoming Sexual Strongholds. It was 6 pages of material. …

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