We love shortcuts. We love anything that makes other things go faster. We love microwaves and fast food. We love instant pudding, rather pre-made pudding cups. There's nothing we don't like if we can get it or do it faster. That's life in America (or any "first-world" nation, I'd wager). It's often later that we … Continue reading Shortcuts
Legalism (or being legalistic) is a term used to describe (in Christian circles) the number of (and/or method of how) hoops are jumped through to keep one's salvation. For example, when one is saved, they are eventually (usually pretty quickly) given the list of things they are no longer allowed to do: no smoking, no drinking, no … Continue reading “Good” Legalism?
There is something in each and every one of us that was placed there long before conception. Genesis tells us that God formed mankind in His image. The Gospel of John says that everything that was ever made was made in and through the Word (Jesus, not the Bible). I believe we all carry a piece of … Continue reading Spark of the Divine
As you already know, if you've read my blog before, I like to relate life events, discussions with coworkers, and even movies I watch to spiritual matters. Today's lesson (for me) has to do with pushing myself, which sounds like a good thing on the surface. I was recently in training for a 5K... I … Continue reading Pushing…
I'm a Christian. I am a Christian. I. Am. A. Christian. It's a simple phrase, but I often have a hard time saying it. At least lately. It was easier to claim to be a Christian when I wasn't even going to church! I guess the thing that I wanted to avoid with using the … Continue reading I Am A Christian (Taking It Back)
We (Americans, at least) tend to go through phases - not only what's in or out, but what is acceptable and unacceptable. In our recent history, one of these things has been tolerance. Tolerance: the ability or willingness to tolerate something, in particular the existence of opinions or behavior that one does not necessarily agree … Continue reading Repenting of Tolerance
My wife and I love watching home makeover shows. Especially the ones where a designer will completely restructure and redesign a house for a family so that it meets their needs. Usually, the family in question can't afford the house they really want, so a team of professionals help them find something that can become … Continue reading Reconstruction Project
Last night as I was drifting off to sleep, my thoughts drifted toward God. I started to think about how He was my God. My personal God. Then a scene from the show 'Last Man Standing' (which I recently started streaming via Netflix) where the dad in the show was telling his daughter about how … Continue reading My God(-Shaped Box)
Reconciling the genres of sci-fi and fantasy with Kingdom principles and a supernatural lifestyle.
Christianity is not an exclusive club. Jesus didn't put limits on who was welcome to come and hear His teachings or who could partake of His grace. Exclusive: excluding or not admitting other people or things Yet, there are ministers and entire churches that are fixated on not letting "those people" in or not letting … Continue reading The Absurdity Of Exclusivity