Tuesday, August 29, 2006
It made me sad. Not just that there were those who didn't believe in God, but that there were "Christians" who were calling atheists names and throwing bible verses at them. To be honest, I couldn't tell most of the Christians for the atheists by their attitudes.
To my Christian brothers and sisters out the please hear this: do not belittle, insult, condemn, or speak harshly to an atheist in hopes that they will take it well, because all you are doing is "proving" to them that they are right and you are wrong. They see our lack of love and continue on in their Godless lives. Neither the atheist or the Christian should debate with a sense of "I'm better than you." This is arrogance and is sin.
Have any of you ever discussed God with a seasoned and intelligent atheist? What was your experience?
Thursday, August 24, 2006
the new season of survivor will have four teams, divided by race. it seems confirmed in this article. one team each for white, african-american, hispanic and asian. wow.
I can't imagine this being a good idea. The article cites a social experiement as the reason for doing the show...I would say it's for ratings. Unless they were to do the show like the movie Crash, I think all they are going to effectively do is spark critisism and maybe a boycott.
What do you think about this new season of Survivor?
Wednesday, August 23, 2006
One thing I'm psyched about is the addition of labels. That means you can browse my posts based upon subject (so you can skip all my boring posts).
If you would like to give the new blogger a test run, visit http://beta.blogger.com
Tuesday, August 22, 2006
Let me explain. As a going away gift from my last student ministry, I received a very special gift. A Playstation 2! ...The other special gift I received was a truckload of toilet paper. So much that it took me 2 years to use it all!!!
So, with a sniffle, I bid goodbye to my cheap-generic toilet paper with thankfulness in my heart and buy a new 9 pack of Angel Soft.
Onward to another year of student ministry!
Monday, August 07, 2006
I took a personal retreat at the end of last week and while I was there I read a book by the late pastor Kyle Lake called "Understanding God's Will." In this book he discussed God's will and explored how we understood it in our lives. Is God's will a formula to crack (or a detailed blueprint), or do we do better understanding God's Will through our understanding of who God is.
What do you think, does God have a detailed - specific will for your life? If so, where does it leave off? Does God have a will for your breakfast choices (cereal or oatmeal, bacon or eggs), or do our decisions come into play more than we feel comfortable with? Does God have an "X" on a treasure map for us to discover in our lives or does he empower and enable us to make our own decisions with His guidence?
How do you discover God's will for your life? Answer any or all of these questions if you would like...