Category Archives: Communicating faith
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
In terms of intellectual abilities it is fair to say that few of us can match Albert Einstein.
He devoted his life and intellect to nutting out the theory behind everything and he did pretty well. His perfect world would be entirely predictable and expressed in mathematical formulae.
The problem with his compelling urge to explain everything is that we don’t have all the information and so not everything conforms to the plans and ideas we have in our heads. His commitment to the quest to explain the universe reveals that at some level he did in fact have faith in some power/ planner behind all that exists. A unifying theory suggests a deliberately created system and that leads to the question of, “Who is the creator?” Read the rest of this entry
Jon Stewart had fun with it (in a nice way), David Letterman wasn’t so nice but both were responding to the sheer idiocy of the furor over an ancient scrap of papyrus suggesting that someone named Jesus used the word “wife. ” It is only because we are so desperate for 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
Lobbies are an amazing phenomenon and the NRA seems to be king of them all. Hidden in all the rhetoric about the right of individuals to carry arms is the inability to decide how much is enough. If my basic right is to be able to protect myself and enjoy recreational hunting, where are the sensible limits? Read the rest of this entry
Is he consistent with his own standards? Where is the limit? What is the cut-off point? And how does he define it? Is his justice fair and do I approve of it? Is his standard unrealistically high, too high for anyone to achieve? Read the rest of this entry
It’s funny how questions have a way of penetrating all sorts of defenses put up by the human psyche. One of the greatest forms of debate is based on asking questions (that would be the Socratic form of debate…FYI). It was one question that broke my back and finally brought me to the feet of Jesus. Yet here in this moment I am confronted with one question still.
- Stay hungry, stay foolish (pavloskapralos.wordpress.com)
Busted! So our automatic response is to hotly protest, “I didn’t do it!” “I’m not to blame!” Our denial attempts to save face but locks us into a growing web of deception, lies and half-truths. It spreads since we often need others to collaborate our statements of innocence. It spawns character assassination of others as we cast aspersions on their credibility and their statements of fact. The bigger the issue the greater the need for duplicity.