A Weblog Dedicated to the Discussion of the Christian Faith and 21st Century Life

A Weblog Dedicated to the Discussion of the Christian Faith and 21st Century Life
I do not seek to understand that I may believe, but I believe in order to understand. For this also I believe, –that unless I believed, I should not understand.-- St. Anselm of Canterbury (1033-1109)

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Does Politics Ruin Your Math Skills?

from the Huffington Post:
Does partisanship poison the brain? Not quite, but an ingenious new study suggests that having strong political views can compromise one's ability to make sense of the mathematical underpinnings of complex and politically charged issues like gun control and global warming.

The Ministry of Presence and What It Means to Be Alone

Our two sons, Joshua and Jason, who are twenty-years-old, live with us at home while they attend college. Our two daughters Alyssa and Courtney and their husbands live about an hour and a half away. Just a week ago, our daughter, Alyssa gave birth to our first grandchild, a little girl named Aly. There are times when I miss my daughters and I can't tell you in words how much I miss my granddaughter and I cannot wait until I see her tomorrow. Sometimes I have a sense of loneliness because they are not around. Even though four of us live in our house, and I enjoy the presence of my wife and sons, sometimes in thinking about my other children who live elsewhere, the house does have a somewhat empty feeling. I truly realize this when our daughters and sons-in-law come to our house and spend the night. Having everyone there makes the house feel satisfyingly full.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Black Friday, Gratitude, and Contentment

St. Paul writes to the Colossians,
Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in the one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly; teach and admonish one another in all wisdom; and with gratitude in your hearts sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him (3:14-17).
Gratitude is the motivation for worship and all of our lives as Christians. We are thankful for what God has done for us in Jesus Christ, we are thankful for the blessings of church and home, we are thankful for all that we have received from the Lord’s hand in the provision of God's creation. We know that what we have received is not owed to us; it is not the payment of a debt the Almighty is obligated to settle on our account. Our very existence, life itself, is a gift from divine hands.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Caption Contest... And the Winner Is...

W.M. James: "Captain, can't we give him to the Klingons?"

So, Just What Is an Executive Order?

In the midst of the hoopla over President Obama's recent executive order on immigration, many people by and large have chosen their predictable sides as to whether or not the president's actions are constitutional. But I have to say, I've seen very little from the social media chattering class on exactly what an executive order is. The legal dictionary online states the following:

On Preaching Advent During Advent

Once again, another Advent season is quickly approaching. For those of us who have been preaching for more than a few years, it can be difficult, after a while, to find a fresh approach to the traditional Advent texts. And while I am certainly not opposed to new and fresh insights on any given Scripture, I think it is important to say that the task in our preaching is not really to come up with something new and earth-shattering. Rather, our Advent preaching should prepare the way for the earth-shattering celebration of Christmas and Incarnation.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Scriptures and Prayer for Christ the King Sunday

Old Testament: Ezekiel 34:11-16, 20-24

Epistle: Ephesians 1:15-23

Gospel: Matthew 25:31-46
O God, in Jesus Christ we celebrate your power at work. You raised him from the dead to rule with you forevermore. Enlighten the eyes of our hearts, that we may see the hope to which Christ calls us, a realm of eternal peace. Amen.

Friday, November 21, 2014

The Habits of Unhappy People

Yesterday I posted on the morning habits of happy people. The Huffington Post has published on the seven habits of unhappy people.
Here are the 7 qualities of chronically unhappy people.

1. Your default belief is that life is hard.

2. You believe most people can't be trusted.