Category: Theology

[on joy and choices]

[on joy and choices]

Always be full of joy in the Lord. I say it again—rejoice! Let everyone see that you are considerate in all you do. Remember, the Lord is coming soon. Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. // Philippians 4:4-7

[mind, faith, and winter]

[mind, faith, and winter]

Last Friday, we had glorious weather.

It was 54F, sunshiny, and a bit unexpected for the last day of November, yet no one complained.

The weekend was cloudy, but then on Monday, it felt as if frozen hell broke loose.

[AC or BC?… or ABC?]

[AC or BC?… or ABC?]

We sent Timothy to strengthen and establish and to exhort and comfort and encourage you in your faith, so that no one of you should be disturbed and beguiled and led astray by these afflictions and difficulties to which I have referred. For you yourselves know that this is our appointed lot.

// 1 Thessalonians 3:2-3, AMP

[be holy in the world]

[be holy in the world]

A lot of discussion was dedicated to the verses of the Bible that talk about holiness and what it means to be holy. It is interesting that there are so many definitions for the term – especially taking into account all the different languages.

[Green Christians]

[Green Christians]

For many believers, Christian mission is mostly focused on what the New Testament talks about. They start with the very first Christmas and end with the final apocalyptic Judgment day. Wright, however, reminds us that we have to start at the beginning of the Bible – the creation – to see the entire Good News story.

One of the things he emphasizes in the beginning of his book is how we treat the nature around us.

[wisdom.]

[wisdom.]

The world isn’t split into good people and Death Eaters*. We’ve all got both light and dark inside of us. What matters is the part we choose to act on. That’s who we really are. // Sirius Black

[ostrichism]

[ostrichism]

It is the deliberate avoidance or ignorance of conditions as they exist. Just like ostriches, we sometimes want to stick our heads into the sand and pretend the world and the problems around us don’t exist.