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01/24/2011

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Sandra Shepherd

Thanks for expressing so well something that I've struggled with. Detailed understanding is exactly what we need at times, but there's something even more powerful about mystery.

Rev. Cameron Smith

Why do I get the sense that this post is nothing more than, "How stupid they are; how thoughtful I am"?

I'm sure my kids would love a visit to the exhibit. Heck, I would have loved it as a kid growing up in the church.

You sound to me like someone who is wound a bit too tight. Lighten up!

Jim Kettlewell

I hope the Noah's Ark theme park is built, and I have faith it will be. Of course, I have faith and hope in many other things as well, but I have little fear that the Gospel is diminished by ventures like the Noah park. In the end "my hope is built on nothing less than Jesus blood and righteousness."

Karen Russell

Jim: I agree with you – this park, whether it’s built or not – will not diminish the Gospel. Nothing can diminish the Gospel. I do wonder, however, if some of our attempts to share the Good News pare down some of the mystery in order to make it more accessible.

Chris: I certainly didn’t mean to come off as dismissive of the developers of the park, but I can see that it could be taken that way. I intended this to be an illustration of how Hebrews 11:1-2 speaks to the mystery of faith. Illustrations won’t work for everybody. I’d be interested in your thoughts on that chapter.

And – as a disclaimer, I am aware that the authorship of Hebrews is not generally accorded to Paul. My mistake.

David Gambrell

Karen, thanks for this post. As I was reading, I was thinking about the classic definition of sacrament: an outward and visible sign of an inward and invisible grace.

It seems to me that the sacraments provide an interesting counterpoint to the observation you're making: in Baptism, for instance, we DO have a "close encounter" with the flood and the ark (albeit of a very different nature!) ... one that doesn't diminish the mystery of the gospel at all, but, by the Spirit's power and the gift of faith, signs and seals God's promise in our hearts and lives.

And have you visited the Bible Mini Golf Course in Lexington, KY?
http://www.roadsideamerica.com/tip/3278

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