Archive for October 13th, 2018

A late post, but here’s a weekend reading review…because Pastors also need a break from heavy theological reading!

Gary Krist. The Mirage Factory: Illusion, Imagination, and the Invention of Los Angeles.  New York, NY: Crown Publishing Group, May 15th 2018. 416 pp.

5 out of 5

Purchase: Amazon

This is a fascinating book on the history of how Los Angeles became the city that it has become.  I have seen previously other titles by Gary Krist on other big and famous cities and their history but this is the first time I have read his book.  I gave this book a try because it focuses on Los Angeles and I have some roots and sentiments with this city.  This book impressed me enough that I am considering reading other titles by Krist.


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For today’s post we will tackle the question the Skeptic Annotated Bible asked:  Did Sarah have faith that she would conceive?

Here are the two answers which the skeptic believes indicate a Bible contradiction:

Yes, she had faith.

By faith even Sarah herself received ability to conceive, even beyond the proper time of life, since she considered Him faithful who had promised.” (Hebrews 11:11)

No, she laughed at God.

 He said, “I will surely return to you at this time next year; and behold, Sarah your wife will have a son.” And Sarah was listening at the tent door, which was behind him. 11 Now Abraham and Sarah were old, advanced in age; Sarah was past childbearing. 12 Sarah laughed to herself, saying, “After I have become old, shall I have pleasure, my lord being old also?” 13 And the Lord said to Abraham, “Why did Sarah laugh, saying, ‘Shall I indeed bear a child, when I am so old?’ 14 Is anything too difficult for the Lord? At the appointed time I will return to you, at this time next year, and Sarah will have a son.” 15 Sarah denied it however, saying, “I did not laugh”; for she was afraid. And He said, “No, but you did laugh.”” (Genesis 18:10-15)

(All Scriptural quotation comes from the New American Standard Bible)

Here’s a closer look at whether or not there is a contradiction:


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