“No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main. If a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as if a manor of thy friend’s or of thine own were: any man’s death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind, and therefore never send to know for whom the bells tolls; it tolls for thee. Neither can we call this a begging of misery, or a borrowing of misery, as though we were not miserable enough of ourselves, but must fetch in more from the next house, in taking upon us the misery of our neighbours. Truly it were an excusable covetousness if we did, for affliction is a treasure, and scarce any man hath enough of it. No man hath affliction enough that is not matured and ripened by and made fit for God by that affliction. If a man carry treasure in bullion, or in a wedge of gold, and have none coined into current money, his treasure will not defray him as he travels. Tribulation is treasure in the nature of it, but it is not current money in the use of it, except we get nearer and nearer our home, heaven, by it. Another man may be sick too, and sick to death, and this affliction may lie in his bowels, as gold in a mine, and be of no use to him; but this bell, that tells me of his affliction, digs out and applies that gold to me: if by this consideration of another’s danger I take mine own into contemplation, and so secure myself, by making my recourse to my God, who is our only security.”
39 Questions Your Parents Hope You Never Ask About Sex
I get the occasional email about book reviews, but don't usually take the bait, so to speak. I love reading, but just don't have a lot of time to invest in the kind of reading I feel is important for a solid review. This doesn't mean I'm not tempted and when I was asked to review a book about teens and sex by Josh McDowell ... I just couldn't resist. The official title is The Bare Facts: 39 Questions Your Parents Hope You Never Ask About Sex and it was written with Erin Davis. I didn't know who Erin Davis was before this book came in the mail, but I had read a couple of things by Josh … [Read more...]
Today is my third post in the “Who is God” series on Make a Difference to One. I’m explaining “Spirit” and how we can use simple analogies that are fun for kids to explain a very complex concept. Click through for the full article.
Super Youth Pastor and the Pit of Despair
It seemed like decades, maybe even centuries has passed. He remembered watching The Princess Bride as a child. The pit, that life sucking machine, yes it seemed he had been sucked into that very pit with no one to hear him scream. Darkness surrounded him. Mind numbing darkness that seemed to rob him of the memory of light. That word seemed foreign to him now. He tried to focus, to remember ... what color was, even the faintest glimmer, a spark, a part of the shadow that wasn't as dark. The effort drained him and his body collapsed. He thought back to when the darkness first pulled him … [Read more...]
I am participating in a “Who is God” series on Make a Difference to One. This latest addition to the series written by Jason V attempts to explain the Infinite, Eternal, and Unchangeable aspect of God. Great read so click through for the full article.
Thinking God is too small? Think again.
It keeps happening to me. I think about God and how amazing He is. I think about everything He has done and I am literally in awe. He made the entire universe form scratch. I can't even bake a freakin cake without a box recipe. He build each of us and made us unique and special and then made it all better when we screwed up his perfect work of art that is us over and over. Despite all of that I keep forgetting just how big and powerful God is. Maybe it is because He is close and personal. He is a friend and Father. I end up putting human limitations on Him and then wonder why I am … [Read more...]
Super Youth Pastor v. the Planner
When last we saw our hero he was on the edge of insanity with a strange man named the planner threatening a painful series of tests that may well cost his sanity. The light blinded him. SYP blinked at its brilliance. "None of that now, I must see into your eyes and I cannot do that when you continue to close them. I do not wish to use force, but you must cooperate." SYP remembered now, the voice was the shadow, the Planner. He was looking into his eyes because they are the gateway to the soul, or some such thing. The light was back, but this time he stared right into it. He tried to … [Read more...]
Love v Lust Remix
Today’s title bout features two super heavy weights in the emotions that drive us. I wrote the following for our local paper on behalf of another organization that submits a weekly column to the paper. ***For one human being to love another that is perhaps the most difficult of our tasks; the ultimate, the last test and proof; the work for which all other work is but preparation. ~Rainer Maria RilkeLove is eternal where lust is temporary. This is a plain and apparent fact as easily seen as the nose on my face, which is quite noticeable from even a great distance. The problem comes when … [Read more...]
Poll: Will Christian lit that deals with gritty sin sell?
A couple days ago I posted a writing exercise and got some great feedback. I feel that I learned a lot and want to say thanks to everyone who commented or sent me an email with critique. I think some people were worried that I might be offended, but trust me when I say that I know I am not a great writer. I don't have the training, which is why I put the exercise out there so I could learn, and I learned a lot more than I had expected. I also got a lot of feedback suggesting that I pursue the story line, making it more than just a short story. Thanks to everyone who commented, tweeted, or … [Read more...]
The Camouflage Shrub Angel Squad
One of the reasons I started a new blog was to begin exploring my writing. I do several writing experiments including a book that I am writing. My plan with this book is to make it available for free and accept editing tips with revised editions. I don't know that my goal is to every be a published writer but I do want to be a good writer. It is something I enjoy so I want to do it well. To that end I saw a comment over at Stuff Christians like that made my snicker a bit and them leave a snarky reply. That happens a lot but today I decided I would turn it into a short story. One of the … [Read more...]
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