One of the hardest lessons I have learned about mindfulness meditation is the need for self-compassion and self-kindness. Maybe I am alone in this particular form of craziness, but the first time I read those words, I cringed. Why? Because I know that I am a sinful human being. I have a history of addiction.Continue reading “Self-Compassion”
Monthly Archives: June 2020
What About Whataboutism?
20 Peter turned and saw the disciple whom Jesus loved following them, the one who also had leaned back against him during the supper and had said, “Lord, who is it that is going to betray you?” 21 When Peter saw him, he said to Jesus, “Lord, what about this man?” 22 Jesus said to him, “If it is my will that heContinue reading “What About Whataboutism?”
Gold and Silver, Black and White
A few weeks back, lead pastor of Greencastle Christian Church, John Tischer, preached a sermon in which he mentioned the golden rule. You have probably heard it before, even if you were unaware of its origin. It comes from Jesus and is considered one of the basic tenets of Christian ethics. So whatever you wish thatContinue reading “Gold and Silver, Black and White”
Sackcloth and Ashes
In the Bible, during times of mourning and grief, it is said that people would tear their clothes, dress in sackcloth, and cover themselves in ash as a sign of the intense sorrow they felt inside. At times this sorrow would be brought on by great tragedy or loss such as when news came concerningContinue reading “Sackcloth and Ashes”
Sitting at the Feet of Jesus
Growing up, one of my wife’s favorite board games was Payday. Awhile back, she found a copy of this game and asked the boy and me to play it. Basically, you go through three months of paying bills while trying to get enough income to have something left over at the end of the game.Continue reading “Sitting at the Feet of Jesus”
The Myth of Certainty
You know how people like to slow down while driving to observe a car crash on the interstate? The term for this is “rubber necking.” There is something about us as humans that we have this desire to witness disasters. I guess that’s why shows like AFV are so popular. Anyway, as you can imagine,Continue reading “The Myth of Certainty”
Will You Go?
The tale of Jonah is one of the most misunderstood stories in the Bible. Often it makes for an easy children’s story with all the drama of Jonah’s adventure at sea. We use it to moralize about obedience to God and the dangers of refusing God’s direction. However, Jonah teaches us some deeper, far moreContinue reading “Will You Go?”