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…

Developing a Strong Sense of Self

The Following are the words of Dr. Jennifer Finlayson-Fife taken from interviews that I have had with her and podcasts that she has done with others, all on the subject of Emotional Maturity or a strong Sense of Self. Developing a strong sense of self is a central theme in many of Dr. Jennifer Finlayson-Fife’s…

The Underdog

We all love a good story of the Underdog winning and coming out on top, but do we still see the magic in the story when we start to uncover and see all the details and influencing factors for their win? Malcom Gladwell has single handily re-popularize the story of David and Goliath unveiling the…