In Podcast 83, Carey Nieuwhoff interviewed Ravi Zacharias, who drew a parallel between pornography and suicide. Zacharias spoke of his recent experience counseling college students during the Passion Conference (starting at 22:55 and paraphrased), where the majority came two talk about two topics: pornography and suicide. He called pornography the “denuding of the other person”… Continue reading Devalued
The horrible killing of Nazimuddin Samad is a crime in and of itself. As I read the reporting of it, however, I saw that there were definitely different pictures of the incident, of Nazimuddin Samad himself, and the world. Aljazeera described his comments as pro-atheist, while also calling him a secularist. Aljazeera quoted Imran Sarker… Continue reading Definitions Impact Understanding
“If we are to lead worship, we must first meet with God.” -Carla Sundberg
“Jesus could have done all he did without prayer. Yet, he chose to still pray.” -Carla Sundberg
Kate Ott (not me) is taking on a huge task that I don’t envy. Talking to parents about how to talk about sex. This is not your health class sex education. It is, in my opinion, the more important piece of that that many people on one side of the social equation believe that we… Continue reading How to talk about THAT topic. A guide for parents.
I find myself in a weird place. I’m not supposed to offend people with my faith. Okay. I’d like to not offend people at all. However, that does leave a person in an odd place. If, by my faith, something is a sin, and I truly believed my faith, I should call a spade, a… Continue reading Now What?
I wonder if it is time to dispense with the work "denomination". As a member of the Church of the Nazarene, and gladly so, I see what is called a denomination as something more akin to a movement. I’m sure there are plenty of people who immediately shudder at the use of the word "movement",… Continue reading A Nazarene Movement
When reading my “assigned” bible reading the other day, I came across this passage: Whoever isolates himself seeks his own desire; he breaks out against all sound judgment. Proverbs 18:1 (ESV) My first thought was, “wait a minute, I’m not seeking my own desire!” In truth, however, I am. My desire to maintain my sanity.… Continue reading Isolation Versus Introversion
I have to admit, I’m not one for the whole dream thing. I remember my first foray into dream psychology, and thinking, “really? It’s just a dream.” I also understand that current thinking is that it is the way our brains process the previous day’s activities into memory. I also have to admit that last… Continue reading Got Your Back
1Â Six days later Jesus took Peter, James, and John his brother, and brought them to the top of a very high mountain.Â 2Â He was transformed in front of them. His face shone like the sun, and his clothes became as white as light. 3Â Moses and Elijah appeared to them, talking with Jesus.Â 4Â Peter reacted to all of… Continue reading Be Not Afraid