It’s been some time since I’ve been able to have a white Christmas with my family. For the past three years, Christmas has been 90 degrees, shorts, sand, some sunscreen, your jandals, and a bach to hang with your friends in. Paradise, some of you may be thinking right about now. Well, I found these versions of Christmas to be rather…unfulfilled. Where’s the snow? Where’s the pine tree? Where are the snowmen? Why do ALL Christmas songs feel so hollow when heard on a tropical Island? Continue reading “First Christmas Back”
If you’re a Christian, you’ve most likely heard this question or sweat through a half-sense, convoluted attempt at an answer. Don’t worry. Everyone wants to know the answer and very few can offer a consoling response. You’re not alone in the slightest. In fact, I would wager that nearly everyone has asked this to themselves, or out loud while screaming, fists raised to the sky, whether you’re a Christian or not. Continue reading “Where is God in Senseless Death? Explained.”
Adventus. In Latin, this word sums up the entire Advent Season. The word’s meaning, “coming,” is the anticipatory practice for most western Christians in terms of both the coming of Christ into the world and the eventual coming of His kingdom to this Earth.
Taking place on the Sunday between November 27th and December 3rd, Advent Season today last for four Sundays leading up to Christmas and is the beginning of the Liturgical Calendar for Christians. Continue reading “Advent Season Explained”
This year, I have been extra aware of the mother figures in my life. Reason being, my mother is over 8,000 miles away by sea and by land. In addition to my mother, my two beautiful sisters, who really have this whole motherhood thing down, are also in Chicago. (Seriously, I know no cooler moms). Other than Debbie Elliott, who has been my surrogate mother while being in New Zealand, the three coolest women in my life have been the best, most accurate examples of what God’s love for others truly means. Continue reading “A Letter to Three Mothers”
Today is the first day in the 7 day long media fast. I’d have to say that it is going pretty well. I am using gmail and wordpress for simply necessital reasons. Necessital is not a word, don’t bother looking it up. I do that sometimes. Makes life interesting. ANYWAY. So yeah, writing doesn’t distract me from doing what I really need to be doing, unlike other sites that I have taken away from regular viewing.
I don’t often get too deep on you, my readers, because I don’t like to offend. Most of you know that I am a spiritual man, and that I follow a higher power. I don’t do this out of lemming conviction, where I am just going with the flow without any reflective decision making. No. I have come to believe in God on my own terms and in my own ways. I am not influenced by FOX News, and I don’t always vote Republican. I am not a “conventional Christian,” whatever that would even mean, and with that comes a price sometimes. I am a firm, FIRM believer that everyone must come to their own conclusions about belief in one way or another.
KNOWING is much different than you may think. There are much too many Christians who are not able to hold down a complicated conversation about what they believe, why they believe it, and answer questions that someone who is curious about their faith may have. This is a problem. If you represent Christ, be prepared to actually represent Him. Too often I hear stories about Christians in the media or in places of power Failing to uphold basic truths about our faith. They simply cop out to please the masses or to refrain from stepping on toes. This paints a horrible light on what I choose to believe, and makes me look bad.
All I ask, for those Christians reading this post, is that you figure out what you believe. And especially on “hard to talk about topics,” such as: Birth control, Homosexuality, Women in Leadership, Drinking, Truth, Why pain exists, Why good people suffer, Does everyone go to heaven, Eschatology, The Resurrection, Jesus, The Trinity, Spiritual Gifts, Baptism, Can other Religions be also true, etc. It is important to not live on autopilot when it comes to something that you believe in. If I believed in a cause, I would find out as much as I could about it and become very well versed on it, so that I could effectively create change. To compare how we treat other things we believe in with our personal relationship with Jesus, can be quite an eye opener. Why do we care so little about it? Why are we so complacent? Why are there so many spiritually dead?
Some thoughts I had for today. In no way are they easy to think about or talk about, but it’s not really meant to be. I want you to seriously think about this. It’s important to you. Or is it?…
I wont always be discussing faith on this blog, but it may be a theme for the next 7 days. This is my Week-Long Journey.