Your life, your career, your ministry—all of it lies a thousand miles away as you sit alone in a one-room cell, praying to God that He would make sense of your present condition. Now, imagine God answers that prayer. Imagine God sends an angel to open the heavens and reveal the deep mysteries of what He’s doing in the world … Read More
Fifteen years ago, I watched helplessly as Alzheimer’s disease robbed my grandfather of his ability to recognize the people he loved most. As he slowly faded, I struggled to imagine a crueler way for someone to go than to lose his memory in that way. We are hardwired for remembering. God has given us minds capable of hanging onto the … Read More
It’s midnight in San Antonio, TX. I’m lined up on a concrete pad with 49 other young men. We’re all dog tired—worn out from emotional goodbyes, invasive medical screenings, and a plane ride or two across the country. Before long, a 7-foot tall drill sergeant comes busting through the squadron door. His profanity-laden tirade isn’t fit for print, but the … Read More
Now that I Can Only Imagine is out, folks are beginning to wonder more and more about what imagination looks like in the Christian life. We’ve been looking at four ways to cultivate a Christian imagination. Some of those ways are: See the Bigger Picture Bring Everything You’ve Got Dare to Be Creative Redefine What’s Possible Today, I want to … Read More
Since the movie, I Can Only Imagine hit theaters, I’ve had imagination on my mind quite a bit lately. For Christians, our ability to “see” the unseen is vital to our walk with the Lord in this world. But how we do that is anything but obvious. In a previous post, I mentioned four ways to revitalize our Christian imagination … Read More
“Did Bart Millard ever talk to his mother again after she left?” That’s the question I asked myself after watching the film, I Can Only Imagine. When you’ve only got a minute of screen time to tell a years-long story, details can often be hard to find. Thankfully, Bart’s memoir fills in some of the gaps. When Adele (Bart’s mom) … Read More
Some songs only take a few minutes to write. Others take an entire lifetime. In this post, we recount the story of Bart Millard’s traumatic childhood and the radical grace that transformed his abusive father into his best friend. Out of that transformation and the hope, Bart found following his father’s untimely death came the double platinum hit, “I Can Only Imagine.