My family and I visited a friends church this past Sunday. The scripture passage was Colossians 3-Spiritual Growth. In regard to the lack of spiritual growth and the condition of mankind, the pastor said,
Hey, you know how you don't understand how anybody could be a Christian and belong to THAT political party? I know believers who believe the exact same thing...about your party. Here are 5 do's and don'ts that every believer--regardless of political stance--can follow in this political chaos.
While hurricane Sandy was chugging north off the east coast last Sunday we were headed south, hugging the Appalachian mountains through Virginia then cutting through central North Carolina to our home in Columbia, central South Carolina. Skirting the edge of Sandy’s windfield our experience of the deadly hurricane was limited to overcast skies, winds at 15 miles per hour and passing fleets of utility trucks headed north. On Friday we had spent the day at Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello, his stately home engraved on the back of every US nickel. One day before Sandy hit and one week before the election Thomas Jefferson’s world and words spoke profoundly to both national events.
“When we start by being too impressed by the results of our work, we slowly come to the erroneous conviction that life is one large scoreboard where someone is listing the points to measure our worth. And before we are fully aware of it, we have sold our soul to the many grade-givers. That means we are not only in the world, but also of the world.
Twenty some odd years ago the great philosopher Don Henley crooned, “The more I know, the less I understand. All the things I thought I knew before, I’m learning again.” In my youth I liked the song but couldn't relate since I understood everything there was to know about everything. Now the lyrics resonate.
Now that we are living the networked life, technology opens doors of innovative and unimagined possibilities, but are there ways that technology could diminish us? How should the discipleship process be reshaped in a digital world? It's time for a conversation.
Submitted by Brian Holt on Thu, 10/25/2012 - 00:00
While watching the last two presidential debates, something struck me a little that I thought I would share. I noticed that in all of the discussions, moral arguments did not play a very big part. The debates seemed like they were mostly centered on economics, foreign policy and energy. Why didn’t they hash out more controversial subjects like abortion or prayer in schools or displaying scripture on Government buildings?
I get giddy over gifts. It doesn’t matter if my husband brings home a hand sanitizer sample from his office or a bouquet of fall mums, his token is sure to make me smile. It doesn’t matter if I get a text from a girlfriend or a handwritten note in the mail, her words make me feel valued.