Have you ever visited a church that did things differently? I recently found myself in such a situation. Hymnals, unaccompanied piano, and, for me, a bit of discomfort. First of all, I didn’t really know how to use a hymnal. Who knew you skipped to the next line rather than moving sequentially down the page? As uncomfortable as this was for me, I’m sure the hymnal enthusiast would be equally disquieted by the contemporary worship service I am accustomed to. But, it’s just a matter of preference, right? Or, is it?
In the twenty-first century, it’s becoming increasingly common to talk about and accept mental health issues as relevant and important. For a number of reasons I love this. It means people are able to talk about not only physical ailments, but also speak about ailments of the soul. In a very real way, I would suggest these ailments are as serious if not more serious than many physical ailments. Continue reading “BE ANXIOUS FOR NOTHING”
One of the things I’ve consistently observed in great people is their lofty take on life. They aren’t petty, not even a little bit. They do not have a narrow perception of the world. They don’t live in a vacuum of their own circumstances. Great people are able to see past their immediate circumstances and perceive something vastly more important. And by great, I don’t mean only presidents and saints, I also mean everyday people. Continue reading “MY LIFE THE MICROCOSM”
You have probably heard the frequently posed question regarding “cherry picking” passages from the Old Testament in order to reinforce Christian morality. The Atheist poses this question rhetorically, attempting to illustrate a contradiction, while many Christians may genuinely struggle to understand which OT passages are in fact applicable. Do you eat shellfish? Do you wear mixed clothing (meaning clothing made from more than one fiber)? Yes, I do eat shellfish, and yes, I do wear mixed clothing, and here’s why. Continue reading “You have tattoos? And you eat shellfish?!”
What comes to mind when you hear the word sacrifice? Its original meaning is steeped with mystery and thoughts of animals, altars and temples. Contemporarily, this term has come simply to mean giving something up for some greater purpose. Diets, exercise, less alcohol, working longer hours. We make sacrifices in order to be healthy or to provide for our families. Sometimes we sacrifice things we like because it seems to be the right thing to do. We think to ourselves, If we are giving up something that will yield a positive result, it is a worthy sacrifice or good trade. In fact, the very definition of a sacrifice, in this context, is the act of giving up something valued for something considered more important or worthy. If we are giving up some delightful food in order to shed pounds and increase our lifespan, this is a worthy sacrifice, right? If the end goal in actuality does exceed the immediate pleasure or reward, it would only seem logical to pursue that course of action. But is that all there is to sacrifice? A simple equation in which we measure the outcome of an action? If the reward is greater than the temporal pleasure, we pursue the reward? Continue reading “WHY WE SACRIFICE”