In his book No Man Is an Island (originally published in 1955), Thomas Merton writes “Although in the end we alone are capable of experiencing who we are,… [w]e learn to live by living together with others, and by living like them – a process which has disadvantages as well as blessings.”
This brief observation contains multiple important implications for how we should strive to live our lives. Stretching fairly far back into human history, the idea of personal autonomy is a subject that has gained a lot of traction. Let us look at two “hot button” issues as illustrations of the subject at hand. Continue reading
Internet is more off than on currently due to the winter conditions in Texas causing major infrastructure disruptions.
That has motivated this post during a “Quick get online while the internet is running” post — EDIT – From the start of typing this out to attempting to post, the internet went down again. Continue reading
This was posted on my Facebook Page some time ago and I thought at the time I should put it here as a blog post but never did. It came to mind this morning so I am creating the post before procrastination gets me again.
A friend posted the link Continue reading
In 1965 Jackie DeShannon sand “What the World Needs Now is Love.”
With the opening lyrics of:
“What the world needs now
Is love, sweet love
It’s the only thing Continue reading
Some time ago my mind was drawn to a connection between this passage from James and the Lord’s Prayer.
James 2:14–24 (ESV):
What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? Continue reading
Are you brave enough to pray the Lord’s Prayer? Do you think that is a strange question? Most people do when they hear it, but it is a legitimate question. In the Lord’s Prayer, we obligate ourselves to some pretty important conditions and responsibilities. To pray the Lord’s Prayer honestly and with integrity takes some courage. Keep reading if you want to know what I mean – and then decide if you are still brave enough to pray the Lord’s Prayer. Continue reading
People of faith are supposed to pray every day. How many do? I do not know, but I would wager a hefty bet that, of the number of people claiming to be people of faith, only a small percentage of the total pray daily. Over the years I have been in many conversations with people who all make similar claims – I do not know how to pray, OR I cannot pray.
I am sympathetic to this feeling as I have frequently felt the same way. I have prayed Continue reading
This is a photo of the Tantallon Castle. It was once, as castles are built to be, a strong defense against those who wish to harm the people living inside the castle walls. The thing about castles, as can be seen in the picture, is that their walls will crumble. All across the UK and Europe are castles that are falling down – castles that once allowed people to rest safely inside. The thing is, castle walls must Continue reading
There are some who use this story to lambaste Martha and praise Mary telling us to learn from Martha’s mistake and Mary’s example.
I think that is overly simplistic.
Both Martha and Mary were doing good things. The situation, however, Continue reading
The Bible says that “God showed His love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8). I have always found that verse to be comforting. After all, it begins by reminding me that God loves us. Then the other day I was out taking photos, and another thought came to mind. Continue reading
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