I have been seeing "religious rituals" in a different light recently. I follow quite a few people on Twitter who are of a different denomination than I am. I have come to find out that Lutheran and Eastern Orthodox have just as many rituals as Catholics do - and I have come to realize that … Continue reading Religious Rituals
Earlier today, we took our kids to their first roller skating birthday party. Neither of them had ever been on skates before we got there. One thing I thought was pretty interesting (since the last time I had been there, a mere 24 years ago) was the "Skate Buddies," which were essentially a walker (but … Continue reading Roller Rink Revelation
I’ve been working out. Not excessively, mind you. (Honestly it’s barely consistent.) Nothing much, just some stretching, a run on the elliptical, and lifting some light dumbbells. I’m trying to slim down, as well as prepare for an upcoming 5K. Along with this, I’ve been working on reducing my caloric intake. I haven’t always been … Continue reading Walking Tall (With Moobs)
The more time I spend on social media (for me, especially on Twitter), the more I see that there is indeed not (only) one Christian God. There's not even just one Jesus! Go ahead and get the anger out of your system... I'll wait. Now that we've all calmed down, let me explain: I truly, … Continue reading Not My God!
I know a guy that doesn't attend "church." He says his time alone in nature is his sanctuary, where he gets his prayer and worship time. I understand what he means, but you cannot become what you are destined to be without becoming a member of the body of Christ, which requires being in relationship … Continue reading Are You “The Church”?
I was reading John 14 today, as I've done countless times before. However, after having just reading a bunch of vile "Christian" declarations on the Internet, I had tears in my eyes. See, I don't read the Bible to reinforce what I've been told it says. I don't read it to find loopholes in what … Continue reading Christian Life Goals #1
How I see it sin is not the problem. Through Jesus, in His Sacrifice, sin has been dealt with. The punishment for sin has been delivered. Sin is dead, buried, and it will not be resurrected! The real problem is how we treat each other. Jesus said of the righteous, "When I was naked you … Continue reading The Real Problem
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
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