In two days, the world (that seems like an over-statement ….) will celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day. This unofficial holiday (at least, it is unofficial in America) is celebrated in various ways by various cultures and peoples. For most, it seems a day to play Irish music, drink a Guinness, wear “kiss me, I’m Irish” merchandise, and eat cornbeef with cabbage or Irish stew–both sound kind of gross to me (just sayin’).
For seemingly most, no one cares about THE MAN St. Patrick, they just want a reason to mix-up their mundane lives with something different.
Enter the Christian blogger community.… Continue reading
“No conflict is so severe as his who labors to subdue himself; but in this we must be continually engaged, if we would be strengthened in the inner man, and make real progress toward [Christlikeness].” So said Thomas à Kempis in his famous book on the Christian life, The Imitation of Christ. And Kempis is right. Self-control is one of the hardest of fight, one of the most difficult battles all Christian face, because we fight against an enemy that is powerful and has a hold deeply upon us.
However, sin is a defeatable enemy and, for the Christian, self-control is a necessary battle in the fight against our own sin (Prov 25:28; Gal 5:22-23).… Continue reading
Before the holiday season (Thanksgiving and Christmas), I began a series of blogs concerning self-control. Once the holidays hit, I was doing what was necessary to keep my head afloat with ministry (discipleship and shepherding) and family (my father-in-law found out he had cancer in his jaw and we spent much of December with him in the hospital, post-surgery). All of this has now died down to a normal roar and I can now finish this self-control series. Thank you for your patience.
Let me summarize what we have seen: in the first post we looked at self-control’s definition. Without a proper definition, we cannot know if what we are doing or pursuing is God’s design.… Continue reading
The job of a weather man is to give the weather forecast. His success is built upon if his prediction happens. The job of a waiter or waitress in a restaurant is to wait on people as they decide what they will eat and drink for the evening. Their success is found in their being helpful with the menu, offering suggestions, bringing out the food in a timely manner, and being overall kindly. The job of a history teacher is to teach their classes about history. They are successful by proving to the administration that the students have learned what was taught through tests, quizzes, papers, and projects.… Continue reading
Today (or yesterday if you are reading this on Friday) is the holiday we call Thanksgiving. Families all over this country will gather around a large feast that typically includes turkey, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, stuffing, sweet potato casserole with little marshmallows on top, and some pumpkin/pecan pie for dessert. You may have some other family tradition foods that you expect to be on the table, such as “green goop” was a family must at my family Thanksgiving meal (though everyone in my family thought it was gross except for my dad).
Many things happen on Thanksgiving that seem to be “traditions,” such as the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City, a Detroit Lions and Dallas Cowboys game, the end of the college football season, a “Turkey Football” game in folk’s backyards, preparation for “Black Friday,” Turkey Night Grand Prix for NASCAR racing, various marathons where people dress up as turkey’s and run a 5K or 10K, etc., etc.… Continue reading