Category Archives: Active faith
Johnny Cash used to sing a song about a Boy Named Sue. The rough idea of the song was the country and western stereotype daddy who wanted his boy to grow up being tough so he named him “Sue.”He hoped that everyone his boy met through his life would add their part to making him a tough guy who needed to prove it. Read the rest of this entry
If I’d never paid attention to anything in the bible I wonder what my faith would be like? When kids are little, they learn how to live by watching the big people. That’s how they learn things like trust, fear and distrust, and when to make a fuss about being hurt. What the big people do inspires the little people to imitate until it becomes part of their automatic response to life. This election has given me new insights! Read the rest of this entry
Loving people unconditionally is something I've always struggled with. Some people are just so difficult to love!!
But they are!!! Lol... Yes yes yes - including myself!
Arrogance has often been a major challenge; so too have pride, anger, and a tendency to be easily irritated.
I’ll stop there. No need to add any more.
Yep, that's me - a few hundred miles away from 'far from perfect'.
Winning vs. Taking: What Does Winning Mean to Abusive, High-Conflict and/or Personality Disordered Women?
There's a new article on www.Shrink4Men.com that explores what "winning" means to abusive, high-conflict and/or personality disordered people. To an abusive BPD/NPD, "winning" is about taking from others, hurting and controlling them. Winning is not about working hard to achieve a goal. This explains why these individuals are rarely happy, even when they succeed in taking material assets, relationships and other tangible and intangible things from their victims.
I had lots of burning questions and I wanted to know all the right answers. Things were happening to me that I couldn’t understand. They’d told me it was easy to follow Jesus and that he wanted me to have a life of “abundance and freedom.” I hadn’t seen that. Read the rest of this entry
Fame is expensive. Young teens take faltering steps towards “stardom” and in the process discover that it doesn’t come cheaply. Apart from the endless rigors of training and developing raw talent, there is the constant pressure to compromise, trading faith for popularity. Read the rest of this entry
Maybe it’s time to mothball two of the church’s favorite terms: evangelism and discipleship.
The current meaning of these terms has deteriorated into something far afield from the original intent.
Let’s start with evangelism. For most churches, evangelism boils down to one of two activities:
- Lecture a roomful of people about sin and God.
- Hope that stalwarts from your denomination move to town and join your church.
Last weekend most people in America avoided church. And, a sizable portion of those who did make it to church wished they were somewhere else. But why?
I decided to go direct to the source. I staked out a city park to ask the public why they weren’t in church. What they told me echoed what I’ve been hearing for several years now.
What are we supposed to do when life gets tough and God doesn’t seem to be coming through for us?
She had really screwed up this time, she just knew her parents were going to freak out when they heard what she had done. All those hopes they held for her and all the guilt trips they used to keep her “under control” were wasted now. Yet, “It wasn’t my problem” she reasoned. “I’m my own person, I don’t have to live my life as their prisoner. Why do I have Read the rest of this entry