I was in a rather reflective mood last night and wrote some poetry titled Finding Peace The waves of life washing over my feet, hypnotically I stare ahead, not really noticing my feet sinking into the sands of time. It takes all my energy just to stand, against the forces against me… and the Sea of Life. Masses of people going to and fro, like waves on the shore. Coming and going with the tide of societies expectation. Crashing and eroding ones sanity with the ethic of greed and consumption. The weight of the grains of more, add to the dunes
I posted that as my status this morning, as I have done after moments of tragedy. I believe that the Church must speak to these situations, but some would quote Jeremiah 6:14: “They have ahealed the brokenness of My people superficially, Saying, ‘Peace, peace,’ But there is no peace. (Jer 6:14 NAU) I believe that Christ gave us Peace: “Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. bDo not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful. (Joh 14:27 NAU) Further, I believe we
While we are on the topic of the Institute for Religion and Democracy, I wanted to point out Mark Tooley’s case against pacifism in favor of Christian Imperial Crusading Just War theory. Of all of the modern Christian pacifist thinkers, Tooley decided to take on Stanley Hauerwas of Duke Divinity School. One comment from that article is hilarious: “Along with Hauerwas and many others, Yoder looked to Barth, under whom he studied at the University of Basel, in Switzerland. Such admirers discern in the Swiss theologian, sometimes unfairly, a hostility to force, even by legitimate state authority.” Why is
I can name 2. The Sunday before Memorial day. The Sunday before or on the 4th of July. Why? The church has become so enculturated that it is encouraging its members to worship the American flag. That was my experience today. We can celebrate those who “died for” our country, but not in Christ as saints (All Saints Day)? Are there any others I am leaving out?
I am increasingly observing the lack of contentment within Christian circles. There is striving to do better. Striving for more of this and more of that. A yearning for more money, a bigger and better paying job so that we can own a bigger and better house. Then there is the strivings to build a bigger church. Strivings for a bigger congregation, a bigger ministry, bigger calling and even perhaps better grades and education. These things in and of themselves are not necessarily bad. It can be good to earn more money. I look forward to that day myself. Currently I receive about $60
Image via Wikipedia Don’t use foul or abusive language. Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them. And do not bring sorrow to God’s Holy Spirit by the way you live. Remember, he has identified you as his own, guaranteeing that you will be saved on the day of redemption. Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander, as well as all types of evil behavior. Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven
From the Qur’an – Not all of them are alike: Of the People of the Book are a portion that stand (for the right); they rehearse the Signs of Allah all night long, and they prostrate themselves in adoration. They believe in Allah and the Last Day; they enjoin what is right, and forbid what is wrong; and they hasten (in emulation) in (all) good works: They are in the ranks of the righteous. Of the good that they do, nothing will be rejected of them; for Allah knoweth well those that do right (3:113-115 AYA). Nearest among them