Beauty in Simplicity

Confucius once said, “Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.” Sometimes I agree with that statement and other times, I wonder if Confucius got it all wrong, I have many scars and bruises which I have sustained just from living a somewhat normal life.  Although, as I examine my experiences, I realize what I call a normal …

Emotional Intelligence: Is It Necessary?

When situations like this happen, I say a little prayer, take a deep breath, and then do what needs to be done, with a smile on my face. I won’t lie. Sometimes, I also cry…

Why Do People Follow?

Humanity has an insatiable need for discovery, and people are constantly looking for ways to better themselves, to find purpose and a way to fulfill a call to do something meaningful.

Grace Who?

“…even in its ruined condition a human being is regarded by God as something immensely worth saving. Sin does not make it worthless, but only lost.”

Who Makes The First Move?

How liberating to know that my fears of his rejection are groundless, as he has made the first move. He wants me! Therefore, he is relentless in his pursuit.

Sehnsucht

Is it a dream? Nay but the lack of it the dream, and failing it life’s lore and wealth, a dream and all the world a dream. -Walt Whitman’s closing lines to “Song of the Universal”

I Know, That I Know, That I Know…

I don’t know about anyone else, but for me it takes an enormous amount of faith to believe that the great creator of the universe knows me, and still loves me enough to want to spend eternity living with me in community.

East of Eden and a Confident Faith

Faith is the glue to that higher power, to our creator and his purpose for our lives. And so I ask, what is so intimidating about that? Why do so many shy away from the issue of faith? Should we be running away from it, or running towards it?

The Holistic Approach

It has been my personal experience that many Christians and/or Christian congregations seldom utilize a holistic approach as it pertains to Christian formation.  Often we, as part of the church of Christ focus on certain areas of our being because we deem them of more importance, while we neglect to connect every part of our humanity as a whole in …