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Friday, January 1, 2016

Alpha Book of 2016: Let the Reading Begin.


Well it is 2016 and the first book of the year that I am reading is "A Hidden Wholeness" written by Parker Palmer. I am fortunate to have received many books over the holidays but I felt that this book was one that I wanted to begin the new year with(Plus I quickly finished one of the books I had received before the new year and I am glad to say that it remains in 2015.). 

Books our wonderful. They are the oasis along life's sometimes all to draining journey. They are the places of contemplation and inspiration. From rest to resistance, from great sorrow to great joy, books can make a difference in ones life that no other thing can. So yes, I love books. Books are my bible and the bible is my books. Sacrilege? No, book(s) is what bible literally means. But now I am diverting away from why I began this post in the first place (I have a.d.d.).


Back to the first book of 2016, Parker Palmer and "A Hidden Wholeness".


As I previously stated, I thought this book would be a great book to begin 2016 and so far it has not disappointed. The call to become the undivided self is a call I hope everyone heads. Palmer often mentions living "divided no more" where we cease to be that of what we believe others think we should be, including ourselves, and actually just be who we are. Now the tricky part, at least it was and is for me, is discovering who we are. This is no easy task, as Palmer will point out, because for so long we have been avoiding our true selves, that since the vulnerability of our childhood we have learned that vulnerability can lead to much hurt and so in order to avoid that hurt as we grew older we began to get lost in the disguise of false self.  Now we must discover our true-selves, the undivided self and that is no easy task to undertake. We must journey through the past examining it and filtering out the moments of falsity from the moments of trueness. This is strenuous for if we are truly honest with ourselves we are still afraid of that vulnerability and we continue to fear hurt, even the potentiality of it. This can be a process that either begins to set you free or a process that sends you ever deeper into the lie. As Lady Galadriel says to the remaining fellowship of the ring as they take rest in the woods of Lothlorien, "...your quest stands upon the edge of a knife...." so too does ours.


I am excited as I continue to read this book. I find great value in the discovery of oneself, for how can we be of benefit to others if we are of no benefit to ourselves. All this to say I wish you all a Happy New Year and a year that is filled with many wondrous books.

What book begins your 2016?




Sunday, October 11, 2015

EARLY WARNING SIGNS OF ADULT ONSET CALVINISM

A repost BYSTEPHEN ALTROGGE  Check out the link for more. 
EARLY WARNING SIGNS OF ADULT ONSET CALVINISM
Approximately 1 out of every 4 Christians will encounter adult onset Calvinism (commonly known as AOC) during their life, either personally or in someone close to them. It can be a scary thing to encounter, especially if you’re not familiar with the symptoms. The person you once knew and loved is suddenly a completely different person.
Don’t panic.
It gets better.
To help you navigate the treacherous waters of AOC, I’ve listed the possible symptoms you may encounter.
  • A sudden urge to correct everything and everyone all the time about every possible thing.
  • A growing conviction that every worship song you’ve ever sung is heretical and should be excised from the church catalog, including the Nicene Creed, Doxology, and most of the Psalms.
  • A strange and inexplicable ability to listen to 300 John Piper sermons in a single day.
  • A burning passion to convert everyone, especially your extremely godly parents WHO TAUGHT YOU THE BIBLE, to Calvinism.
  • A growing level of arrogance that is directly inverse to the number of blog posts you write about humility.
  • Constant cravings for cigars and microbrews, even though they make you incredibly sick.
  • Deep suspicion of anything that might cause the slightest bit of emotion in church, especially those awful worship songs noted above.
  • Deep-seated cynicism toward anyone who doesn’t take a hard stance on an issue, including but not limited to: free will, Calvinism, sports, coffee, the Trinity, capitalism, child schooling, and dating.
  • Being so smug you begin to panic that you won’t be able to adequately manifest all the smugness.
  • An unshakeable conviction that Tim Keller is too theologically soft.
  • The ability to bring every conversation full circle to Romans 9.
  • Frustration that guys like Piper and Sproul don’t draw more lines in the sand.
  • Inevitably arriving at the conclusion that John Calvin was not that strong of a Calvinist. At least, not as strong as you are.
  • Growing a beard, but not in a hipster way! This beard is WAY DIFFERENT from hipster beards, because it tapers to a point somewhere between the nipples, just like Calvin’s beard did.
If you or someone you know begins experiencing these symptoms, go to a pastor IMMEDIATELY. It won’t make the slightest bit of difference, because you were predestined to be a Calvinist, but still, you should probably see a pastor.
But don’t worry. After 5-6 years, these symptoms will subside and you or your loved one will return to being a mostly normal person.
Until then…sorry.

Thursday, September 3, 2015

PAUL vs. JESUS

ROUND ONE!

PAUL 
vs
JESUS


I often wonder, "If Jesus returned to earth years after his death would he even have recognized the followers or ideals of what he taught. Or would he have looked at Paul and said "Ahhh Man! Paul, what the f!!k did you do!?!." 

I don't think Christians of today understand how much of what they believe and do is actually Greek and Roman Philosophy rather than the teachings of Jesus. Jesus was a Jew after all, he was most certainly not a Christian. In fact he never asked people to be titled Christians but rather, simply, to follow him. To refer oneself as Christian would have been absurd in those days. The term Christian is to mean 'follower of Christ' but do "Christians" of today actually follow Christ or do they follow Paul? I think a more fitting term to refer to themselves, rather than Christians, would be "Paulanity" the 'followers of Paul'. 

In my opinion I think Paul has gotten the better of Jesus, despite how buff Jesus looks.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Submit!?


I used to be of the Christian mindset that woman was made from man, for man. I prayed and searched for a woman that was a godly, pure, and most importantly submissive; all the things a woman of God should be, right?

Well, things did not work out as I had planned, instead of a submissive woman I married a Fiery woman, instead of a pure woman I married a Real woman and instead of marrying a God like woman I married a Goddess. So glad my wife did not click "submit". I see many Christian women stifle their desires, their wishes and/or pursuits for the will of their husbands. "All hail the King".

My advice to women do not click submit! My advice to men, do not be dicks by making your wife submit.



Sunday, August 30, 2015

The Face of Religious Terror


(I discovered this at thesuperstitiousnakedape blog. Click on the link to discover a wonderful world of thought, dialogue and fun. When I think of John Zande and his "The Superstitious Naked Ape" blog I can think of only one word that suits it best, "Classic". Seriously though check out his blog, browse through his posts and take a look at his new book The Owner of All Infernal Names: An Introduct…)

I will admit, it took me awhile to figure this one out (My excuse was that it was late at night). I kept reading the words thinking the answer was in the words but when I looked at this in its entirety then I finally understood. It was like an Ah-ha moment, and when the scales from my eyes were removed I could finally see. 

Do you get it? What do you see?