Were I to buy the idea of Jesus sold me to me by pop culture-the Sunday School portrait of a finely groomed man in a soft white robe holding a lamb, teaching only the golden rule-I'd have a mix of the Snuggles Bear, an Irish Spring shepherd, and a proto-hippie. Yet this limits him so much. He is, says and does more.Read More
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Filtering by Category: God Before Self
“Most people are far too much occupied with themselves to be malicious.” — Friedrich Nietzsche
“Are you ever hurt, Dad?” Carol asked.
The question stumped Ted, her dad. A dozen hurts raced through his mind, but none came out.
“Of course he gets hurt,” Carol’s mother shot back.
How (and why) do macho men conceal our hurt? Should we wear it more visibly?Read More
Returning from vacation, I drive down the same roads, knowing the exact location of sharp turns and potholes. I know when to accelerate and how to brake around the last turn. I pull into the garage and unload. When I open the door to the house, it creaks recognizably. The familiar smell arouses my senses.Read More
"The trick to life: stop trying to be something and just be what you are and love it." thus reads the inspirational scrawling on the paper towel dispenser in my favorite cafe's restroom. The handwriting and adolescent angst indicate the work of a teenager.Read More
Jesus talks about pruning. He says that God prunes his people in order to bear more fruit. Agricultural experts at Texas A&M say that pruning has four purposes: plant health and growth; increased fruit and flower production; safety of people and property; and appearances and aesthetics. Translated, what does this mean for us? Because it doesn't all sound appealing.Read More
We came to know that the earth orbits the sun through a revolution of thought. Before that revolution completed itself, the proponents of such preposterous thinking found themselves excommunicated, officially ostracized from the church. Copernicus and Galileo paid a hefty price for correcting the larger world’s self-centered understanding of the universe.
Looking down on that time from our scientific mountaintop, we see irony in the treatment of these men. They revealed truth, right? Why such enmity toward them?Read More