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A Funny but Helpful Look at Original Sin in a Doritos Commercial

February 15, 2019 2 Comments
A Funny but Helpful Look at Original Sin in a Doritos Commercial

People oversimplify Original Sin in various ways. Some reduce it to the mere eating of a piece of fruit rather than the act of disobedience, mistrust, and ingratitude it really was. Others miss the subtle but important difference in the descriptions of Adam’s sin compared to Eve’s. Of Eve’s sin, Eve herself is a witness. […]

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Guardian Angels and Other Protectors, as Seen in a Commercial

February 8, 2019 2 Comments
Guardian Angels and Other Protectors, as Seen in a Commercial

Most of us struggle with the fact that God allows bad things to happen. Why does he not intervene more often to protect us from attacks of various sorts and from events that cause sadness, setbacks, or suffering? While the answer is mysterious, the clearest response is that God allows suffering in order that some […]

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Straining Out Gnats but Swallowing Camels, as Seen in a Commercial

February 1, 2019 7 Comments
Straining Out Gnats but Swallowing Camels, as Seen in a Commercial

In the Gospel of Matthew (Mat 12:1-8), Jesus is rebuked for violating the Sabbath. This reminded me of the video below, which illustrates how we sometimes follow smaller rules while overlooking more important ones in the process. The Lord Jesus was often scorned by the people of His day, who claimed that He overlooked certain […]

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Less is More, as Seen in a Commercial

January 18, 2019 0 Comments
Less is More, as Seen in a Commercial

There is an old saying that sometimes “less is more.” In other words, at some point excess becomes burdensome and pointless. In the commercial below, the upgrades to mowing equipment begin as helpful, but end as silly and even dangerous. Meanwhile, the poor wife struggles with an “upgraded” watering can that is downright burdensome. One […]

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There Are Few Easy Cures, as Seen in a Commercial

January 11, 2019 7 Comments
There Are Few Easy Cures, as Seen in a Commercial

The commercial below illustrates an important principle about side effects. When faced with a problem, we often wish for an easy cure, one without any personal costs or side effects. However, in general, the bigger the problem, the more drastic the cure and the larger the side effects. In my experiences with deliverance ministry and […]

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The Pain of Divorce and Remarriage in a Beer Commercial?

January 4, 2019 5 Comments
The Pain of Divorce and Remarriage in a Beer Commercial?

The Heineken Beer holiday commercial below “taps” into a sad reality for many families: divorce and “remarriage.” In these situations, most of the focus is on the happiness of the couple, with little to no attention paid to the effects on the children involved. For children, it typically means being shuttled between two different “homes” […]

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No One Goes Away from Jesus Unchanged

December 21, 2018 1 Comment
No One Goes Away from Jesus Unchanged

The video below is a 2008 Coca-Cola commercial that takes up the theme of the star of Christmas. Let us review the impact that the star of Christmas had on the wise men, the Magi. The star moved them to seek meaning outside themselves; it made them look out and up. The star called them […]

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Jesus’ Urgency to Save Us, as Seen in a Christmas Commercial

December 14, 2018 0 Comments
Jesus’ Urgency to Save Us, as Seen in a Christmas Commercial

The John Lewis Christmas commercial shown below has a surprise ending. We are led through a traditional story line about a child who can’t wait for Christmas, but there’s a twist at the end. You may wish to watch the ad before continuing, lest my comments ruin the surprise. As I watched the commercial, I […]

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