You Simply See What You’re Told To See

This morning I was woken up by my six year old singing one line from the song “I Can Show You the World.” With a big grin on his face he sang, “I can open your eyes, take you wonder by wonder, ” while prying my eyelids open with his fingers. It was a Saturday…

Masters of Philosophy

Personal Statement : Masters of Philosophy I’m applying for to a Master of Philosophy program and needed to write a Personal Statement paper for part of my application. This is my Personal Statement: I’m religious, devout even. Why is it that people say if you’re religious you can’t embrace philosophy, and if you’re an intellectual philosopher…

Genuine Gratitude or Fabricated Forced Faith

There was a time when my marriage was coming to an end. We had worked with a marriage counselor with no progress, I had been working with a therapist for awhile as well. It seemed as though the best option was to end the marriage legally and move on with life. We tried and tired…

Peacemaker?

Being a peacemaker is not about taking a neutral position. Being a peacemaker isn’t about avoiding conflict. When there is injustice and oppression, sitting back and avoiding violence and contention believing that you being “Christian,” is allowing oppression and injustice to grow. There is moral courage in confronting oppression. Avoiding confronting injustice is moral cowardliness….

Love Not Just Your Enemies

I don’t love the word “enemies” because I think it is too easy for us to limit who we ought to try to love. I don’t disagree with it. I just see it as a spectrum and the “enemy” is the absolute most hardest person to love and then you move along that spectrum to…

Some Thoughts On My Faith

I don’t question my faith. I feel at peace with my religious beliefs. But I do often wonder as of late: What if I had been brought up in a different religion that also fostered goodness and encouraged the development of a good character and taught the value of acting with virtue and integrity? Would…

Is discipleship a religious way to glorify conformity?

“We covenant to follow Him, not passively, blindly, or sheepishly.” Gerrit W. Gong Is being a disciple an act of strength or is a weakness? Is discipleship like an apprenticeship, a period of time one passes through in the process of becoming like the master? Or is discipleship something to aspire to become, not merely…

The Filters We Use to Decide If Something Is Good

March 1881 Auguste Renoir writes: “There are in Paris scarcely fifteen art-lovers capable of liking a painting without Salon approval. There are 80,000 who will not buy an inch of canvas if it is not in the Salon.” The Salon (beginning in 1667) was the official art exhibition of the Académie des Beaux-Arts in Paris. …

Fair-Weather Faith

When things are good, God is real. When things are bad there is no God. When things are bad, prayer is real and intent and frequent. When things are good prayer is casual and infrequent. Is our faith determined by our emotional status of the day? Is our faith relative to our circumstances? This is…

Morally Courageous Persistence

There was in a city a judge, which feared not God, neither regarded man: And there was a widow in that city; and she came unto him, saying, Avenge me of mine adversary. And he would not for a while: but afterward he said within himself, Though I fear not God, nor regard man; Yet…