Monthly Archives: May 2012
Didn’t realize it was a step of faith to buy shares in the Facebook launch? It was pure faith. Faith in a vision of the future, faith in the continuing growth of Facebook, faith that there is no such thing as a limit or a loss, Read the rest of this entry
I am not one of those people who "loves Jesus but hates religion." I am a pew-sitting, mass-going, catechism-following, Roman Catholic.
Based on my deeds, I'm not worthy to be called a Christian, much less a Catholic, and yet the Church took me in and accepted me as a completely new person in Christ. I've never encountered that kind of love and forgiveness anywhere else.
- God's Chosen Weapon For Changing The World Is . . . (citesimon.com)
- How Church Makes People Happy (It's Not What You Think) (holysoup.com)
One of the things that limits the effectiveness of Christians is their perception of salvation. For reasons of convenience in communication and in deference to the simplicity we felt we needed in evangelism, we have Read the rest of this entry
When life gets tough we usually react one of two ways. We either blame God for our troubles and complain and whine to anyone who will listen to us (we want sympathy and we want attention to minimize our hurt,) or we get determined to find God in our situation. Read the rest of this entry
The church had a vision statement that covered all the bases. No one could take issue with the noble things it talked about and the statement contained something for everyone. The problem was the church was rapidly shrinking and nothing the pastor and lay leaders did could stop the loss of members.
On a scale of 10 we rated his sermon as a ten, no doubt about it. It had all the right points we approved of and he said all the things we know we agree with. We felt a comforting combination of guilt and relief about Read the rest of this entry
“Good intentions pave the road to hell!” She said it over and over to her young disciple. It’s not enough to make good choices, you have to see them through to completion was her point. Read the rest of this entry
We get so used to hearing this the other way around: counting the cost of being a disciple, that we forget that every choice has its own set of costs associated with it. “It costs a man just as much or even more to go to hell than to come to heaven,” Soren Kierkegaard. Read the rest of this entry
He used to be such a nice kid but when he hit those teen years the switch was sure flipped. We comforted ourselves that it was all a part of learning to be independent but to be honest, there was a lot of self-denial in that thought. Read the rest of this entry
Sometimes the effort of living feels too hard. We try and we feel like we fail. We start our day with a vision for how life should look and it still turns out all wrong. We work our hearts out doing nice things for others but they forget to notice, now we feel used. I’ve had enough of this so what’s the key to getting it right? Read the rest of this entry