Absolutely. Yes. Everyday. Words synonymous with meditate are contemplate, deliberate, muse, think, consider, reflect, concentrate. Basically, things we do on a daily basis anyways. So why the negative stereotype (in the minds of western christians, at least) with the word meditation? Well, as is the case with most stereotypes, there is misunderstanding and lack of… Continue reading Should Christians Meditate?
“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
My aim today was to write on the infinite damage done to our mind, body and soul when we engage in sexual promiscuity, one form of which is pornography. I wanted to write about the insane foolishness of trading perfection (God) for pixels (pornography). I hoped to illustrate how widespread this drug of choice has… Continue reading Preferring Pixels Over Perfection
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
The Phone The phone rings, caller known or unknown it doesn't matter, and I stare at the screen terrified to answer. I can't do it. I can't talk to people right now. I can't make a voice. And what if they need something? What if I have to go outside? I can't do it. I'll… Continue reading The Battle
1I've been walking along this road beginning as far back as I remember. In fact if you asked me when this Walk began I might say, "It's all I've known, so much so that I didn't realize I was upon it until just now." 2And now that you've mentioned it, I can't help but notice.… Continue reading The Road
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?
Mere excess in food is much less valuable than delicacy. Its chief use is as a kind of artillery preparation for attacks on chastity. On that, as on every other subject, keep your man in a condition of false spirituality. Never let him notice the medical aspect. Keep him wondering what pride or lack of… Continue reading Screwtape and Spirituality
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
Two Years It was two summers ago I began seeing a counselor by happenstance. I continued seeing him because he noticed and started to uproot a vast and complex series of issues I struggled to keep the lid on since my pubescent years. Well, maybe not struggled, because I thought I was doing a pretty… Continue reading Two Years, One Lesson.
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
We all know the power of apology. Words carefully crafted into a caring confession of contriteness can graft life to a grievously wounded heart. But the inverse is true as well. A careless apology stands to cause as much harm as the original offense (or more) by magnifying in the hurt mind the first offense… Continue reading Learning to Apologize the Right Way.