Monthly Archives: March 2015
It can be very difficult to distinguish between the moral and the medical. Difficult but critical.
Sometimes the labels we use are so broad and ambiguous they further confuse. To say someone suffers with ________________ (you can fill in the blank) can be misconstrued. An individual can think such a condition absolves them from responsibility toward others or accountability before God. Continue reading
If you like winter weather, February and March of 2015 here in New England has been paradise! We’ve never seen so much snow or been so cold for so long. It doesn’t get any better than this! On the other hand if winter isn’t working for you then you have done well to get this far.
When thinking about perspective I am often reminded of this little ditty, “Two men look out the same prison bars; one sees mud and the other stars.” Depends on which way you look and what you are looking for. Continue reading
When President Jimmy Carter said in 1976 he was “born again” some people had the idea the term originated with him. I’ve also heard the term used to describe a certain segment of Protestant Christianity, the “Born Agains.” Strange.
The term goes back a lot further than President Carter and its importance is often overlooked. “Jesus answered him, ‘Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.’” (John 3:3). Cannot even see the kingdom of God? Now that’s heavy. Continue reading
Jesus put it rather bluntly, “Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters” – Matthew 12:30. Ever since he said it the rest of us have been trying to figure out how best to maneuver between those who are with him and those against him.
The problem is that many of those considered not with him don’t really appear as being against him. The average nonbeliever doesn’t manifest a hatred of Christ or even a dislike of Christ. It’s more a case of never having given him a thought. Continue reading
With the approach of Easter the anticipation builds. Snow is beginning to melt, crocuses are beginning to sprout, boots and heavy coats are being put away (finally!), candy and baskets are being purchased and hid, and new documentaries questioning the resurrection of Christ are about to be aired.
Solomon said it best. “What has been is what will be, and what has been done is what will be done, and there is nothing new under the sun” (Ecclesiastes 1:9). From the day it happened the bodily resurrection of Jesus has felt the pushback. “And when they had assembled with the elders and taken counsel, they gave a sufficient sum of money to the soldiers and said, ‘Tell people, ‘His disciples came by night and stole him away while we were asleep’” (Matthew 28:12-13). Continue reading
It’s a fine line between being alone and lonely. The dictionary definitions walk the line. Alone is defined as “separate from other people” while lonely is “sad from being apart from other people.”
It’s surprising how loneliness can blindside you. You set aside some time to get off by yourself and be alone only to find it’s more than you wanted. The quiet is deafening. If only you had someone there. Continue reading
If this subject is of interest I recommend the book Introverts in the Church: Finding Our Place in an Extroverted Culture. The back cover explains “Introverts in the Church is essential reading for any introvert who has ever felt out of place, as well as for church leaders who want to make their churches more welcoming to introverts.”1
I enjoyed the book. McHugh points out that pastors can become confused between vocational conflicts and temperamental conflicts. One can be quiet and reflective and yet still be the person up front talking. Come to think of it being the first greatly benefits the second. Continue reading