Name Your GodEveryone has a God, if by God it is simply meant "supreme value driving life's decisions." What drives you? What do you delight in above all else? What would you refuse to sacrifice? What would you die for? Is it Self? Entertainment? Food? Family? Work? Approval? Fortune? Enlightenment? Friends? Cars? Toys? Sex? Sexual… Continue reading Who, What, Where is Your God?
Much has been said about suicide. Every culture has its own beliefs, filling every nook and cranny and ranging from honorable to dishonorable. The culture (or sub-culture) I’m most concerned with today is the Christian culture. Update: This is the part where I tell you I’ve wrote quite a lengthy article but have decided to… Continue reading Christian Suicide, Tension, and Verdict
Visitor Best dress, collar pressed Dirty steeple, faceless people Discard connect card Confession Desperate wailing Propitiation secured Undeserved grace Conversion Ten ton emptiness Breathlessness gives way to hope For freedom, set free Let me know what you think!
I don't know why but I've started to write poetry as well as draw. Maybe it's a mid-life crisis? Who cares? Here's a few Haiku for you, with a bonus Senryu. Haiku Isaiah Coal pressed to the lip Eternity is revealed Behold the throne room Prophesy Say to the dry bones I will make breath… Continue reading Hello, Haiku.
“The cloak that I left at Troas with Carpus, when you come, bring with you, and the books, but especially the parchments.” 2 Timothy 4:13. He is inspired, and yet he wants books! He has been preaching at least for thirty years, and yet he wants books! He had seen the Lord, and yet he… Continue reading Give Thyself Unto Reading
That's probably a laughable title. Who celebrates sobriety after just three days? And not even three total days, but two total days and half of a third? An addict does. That's who. What am I addicted to? Myself, mostly. Well, to be more precise I'm addicted to pleasing myself through a few specific indulgences, the… Continue reading Three Days Sober
The Christian life can be rather difficult. With all the hard demands of the bible, loving thy neighbor and such, it often seems to me that it is much easier to give the impression of godliness rather than doing the hard work of godliness. So to help whosoever would desire some guidance in these endeavors,… Continue reading A Brief Guide to Self-Righteousness
Here’s what happens: The service starts, all the bad people stand up, they sing, and then they sit back down and listen to the chiefly-bad person tell them about a good person that did everything required to bring bad people back in contact with a Good God. Then they eat donuts. That's basically it. Oh,… Continue reading What Really Happens When a Bad Person Goes to Church?
Some days I feel rather in control of my life. Take Monday for example. I laughed a lot on that day. I gathered wood and built a tree house in a video game. I drank a perfect medium roast hazelnut coffee with just a splash of cream. I read C.S. Lewis and St. Paul. I… Continue reading Responsibility Meets Chemistry, But Where?
That's the 2011 estimate of how many people die each day. Considering the dramatic increase in world population in the last seven years, I wouldn't be surprised to see that the daily death toll has reached or will soon reach 200,000. As of 2011 the global average was such that an estimated 2 people died… Continue reading One Hundred Fifty-One Thousand, Six Hundred
I've never experienced a moment wherein I was not moving closer to my death. There's a funny thing about common sense. No matter how common it might be, it seems sometimes it can take years or decades to have the information sink and and have it's effect. I don't know when the average person's brain… Continue reading My Life is Almost Over.
Very few people are interested in reading an article with only three pieces of new information. There's just not enough novelty. But if you propose five you're likely going to turn away potential readers because of commitment anxiety. So here I am, offering four of my observations while reading Ephesians 4 this past week! :)… Continue reading Four Observations From Ephesians 4
It doesn't take any talent to have a voice these days thanks to the internet. Gone are the days of needing multiple degrees or exceptional work ethic or social connections in order to garner a large audience. For just a few dollars a month you can have your own website, such as the highly influential… Continue reading The Reason You Should Read More Blogs.
"Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men" According to Paul in Colossians, the Christian ought to engage themselves in any work as if they were working for God himself. Some of us have serious problems with the implications of this command given we are in work places or under managers… Continue reading Who Are You Working For? Six Questions For Assessing Your Work Ethic.
Six days ago my wife and I visited a church that had been repeatedly appearing in my dreams. That sounds coo-coo, but who cares. The church is Reformed, so that was reason enough. Today I thought I would share a few BRIEF (ha.. At least under 1,000 words, I promise) thoughts that have come to… Continue reading Four Lessons From Visiting A Local Church