Memorial Day musings

This past Mmemorial_day_image_for_pconday, those in the U.S. celebrated Memorial Day, a holiday honoring people in the U.S. military who have given their lives on behalf of their country. I didn’t grow up in the U.S., so it’s not a holiday I grew up with, nor is it the country I grew up thinking of as ‘home’. However, I’ve now been living in the U.S. for many years, and have come to value, appreciate and love a lot about this country. Also, my grandfather served in the U.S. military in World War 2, and I respect and honor what he did. I have never had to make the sort of difficult choices and face death on a regular basis as many in the military do.

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God just wants you to be happy

We live in an age of plurality – an age when there are many options around us, many ways of doing things or of viewing the world. That’s not inherently bad, but if it leads us away from the truths of the Bible, then we’ve got a problem. We can’t agree with total relativism, saying that anything goes and that’s “your truth” but not “my truth,” as I heard recently. Continue reading

Reconciliation

Hey, I’m almost on time – only a little over two weeks since I last posted. I’m counting that a victory, if you must know! In my dissertation – that thing that seems to be consuming my life – I’m exploring several biblical passages addressing unity among God’s people. Our unity is found in Christ, through the Spirit, and it’s a unity that we are called to maintain. So what do we do when people hurt us, in various ways? How do we show Christian love and forgiveness toward the offender, so that we can maintain our unity? Continue reading