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The Only Sober One

“33Do not go astray: “Bad associations corrupt good customs.” 34Become sober, in upright fashion, and do not sin; for some harbor ignorance of God. Shame on you,” the Bible “When someone after having sought for a long time has made himself finitely secure, he swears by laying his hand on the book that bids usContinue reading “The Only Sober One”

Pro-Life Boycotts

I would like to add to the growing list of businesses to boycott since we are pro life. 1) Because “Unhealthy diet contributes to approximately 678,000 deaths each year in the U.S., due to nutrition- and obesity-related diseases, such as heart disease, cancer, and type 2 diabetes.1 In the last 30 years, obesity rates haveContinue reading “Pro-Life Boycotts”

Murdering Creation

“To be convinced of the sanctity of the world, and to be mindful of a human vocation to responsible membership in such a world, must always have been a burden. But it is a burden that falls with greatest weight on us humans of the industrial age who have been and are, by any measure,Continue reading “Murdering Creation”

Christian, Conservative and Liberal

I am more conservativeThan most conservativesAnd more liberalThan most liberals Christianly speaking, I am less ChristianThan most ChristiansAnd a worse sinner than most sinners.Strangely enough, this might actually reveal that I am in desperate need of a liberal amount of God’s restraining grace, steadfast love, mercy and forgiveness. I have to admit that, more thanContinue reading “Christian, Conservative and Liberal”

Treebeard’s wisdom

Treebeard marched on…. But after a time his voice… fell silent again…. [His] old brow was wrinkled and knotted. At last he looked up, and Pippin could see a sad look in his eyes, sad but not unhappy. There was a light in them, as if the green flame had sunk deeper into the darkContinue reading “Treebeard’s wisdom”

That Voice

Yesterday, I was standing in the candle aisle at Home Goods when I heard a voice call out a name. The moment I heard the woman speak, I knew she was calling a child’s name. By the third time she repeated the name, I heard the “voice.” Without saying a word, I immediately stepped intoContinue reading “That Voice”

Catchwords and Slogans

Rhetoric is empty, nonsensical and completely useless when it is void of logic and proper definitions of words, common sense and critical thinking. Even worse, rhetoric is dangerous when it is void of truth and is disconnected from steadfast love, justice and righteousness. It is easy to repeat rhetoric that has been fragmented and reducedContinue reading “Catchwords and Slogans”

Sloth

Sloth may disguise itself as “conscientious work” and meet with various forms of public approval or success. But work that is not motivated by love for the life of the community, beyond the temporal and spatial confines of one’s own small life, cannot free either worker or community from profound anxiety. Ellen F. Davis

Free

Sometimes I wonder if I should be medicatedIf I would feel better just slightly sedatedA feeling comes so fast and I cannot control itI’m on fire, but I’m trying not to show it As it picks me up, puts me downIt picks me up, puts me downPicks me up, puts me downA hundred times aContinue reading “Free”

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