The DaVinci Code has been popular partly because it's so well written. But another big factor is that it gives many the (false) sense that they're being let in on some long lost secrets that have now been recovered that make everything plain. Wade Hodges and I visited recently about a great preacher we enjoy hearing (from another tribe) who is always peppering his sermons with insights that NO ONE HAS EVER HEARD BEFORE--obscure material from rabbinic teaching that makes everything clear. The problem is, the stuff probably isn't true, at least not as background material for scripture. It is probably from writings that come centuries later. But people soak it up because we love the idea of being in on lost secrets now recovered that explain everything. If scripture can just be made less mysterious and obscure, we'll take it! Remember hearing the old interpretation about how there is a spot in Jerusalem called "eye of the needle" that was so low a camel could barely get under it? And remember how exciting it was to finally make sense of Jesus saying that a rich person going to heaven is comparable to a camel going through the eye of a needle? One problem: there is absolutely no evidence of such a spot. Several people have shared with me their joy in watching some video series a guy has done that supposedly reveals what NO ONE HAS EVER HEARD BEFORE from backgrounds that seemingly only he has discovered. Again, it makes scripture so much clearer. But again, it's just probably not right. But we love being in on lost secrets. - - - - Some members of this blog community have started another blog focuses on glimpses of grace all around us. Check it out at www.ourgracenotes.blogspot.com. And while you're at it, try the new Wineskins site at www.wineskins.org. - - - - Tonight is the big AHS-Cooper football game. I'm speaking this morning at Richland Hills at a gathering of Church of Christ and Christian Church leaders, and then I'll head back so that we're in our seats on the 50 yard line well before kickoff. How many high school games have over 15,000 in attendance?