Most people think that life is nothing but what they see in front of them; ‘what you see is what you get’. Black and white. I refuse to accept that belief and point of view, because I know there’s more under the surface of every experience and opportunity; to every facet of life. The physical world and what we see, and feel is not all there is. There is a world of purpose underneath it all, and no matter what it looks like on the outside, there is much more going on beneath our circumstances, our perceptions. Continue reading “An Ever-Changing Perspective”
CNN published a story yesterday about the final book written by the celebrated physicist Stephen Hawking written by Rob Picheta. In fact, this story has gone viral and is all over the internet and several news outlets.
The story in CNN begins with “There is no God — that’s the conclusion of the celebrated physicist Stephen Hawking.” In the article Picheta also quotes Hawking as saying “There is no God. No one directs the universe,” he writes in “Brief Answers to the Big Questions.” Picheta goes on to quoting Hawkins with “For centuries, it was believed that disabled people like me were living under a curse that was inflicted by God,” he adds. “I prefer to think that everything can be explained another way, by the laws of nature. Although, people of faith regularly assure one another that God is not responsible for human suffering. Continue reading “Where Isn’t God?”
Sleepwalking is a behavior disorder that originates during deep sleep and results in walking or performing other complex behaviors while asleep. Sleepwalking will typically involve more than just walking during sleep; it is a series of complex actions performed while sleeping. Because a sleepwalker usually remains in a deep sleep throughout the entire episode, he or she may be difficult to awaken and will probably not remember the sleepwalking incident. It is a common misconception that a sleepwalker should not be awakened. It can be quite dangerous not to wake a sleepwalker. What a striking metaphor, the state of heathenism or imperfect Christianity, is like the stupor of sleep. Continue reading “Sleepwalking”
We live in a world of access codes, security measures, digital barriers, and restricted use. We need ID cards to enter certain buildings, we need thumbprints to access our smartphones, we need passwords to retrieve particular computer files, and we need PIN numbers to get money from our bank accounts. We need security clearances to enter certain buildings and other restricted areas. Continue reading “Total Access”
The British philosopher, Bertrand Russell once said: “The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are so certain of themselves and wiser people so full of doubts.” Most people reach a point in life where they are caught up trying to “figure out” who I am, why I’m here, and what MY life purpose is, yet rarely do we stop long enough to consider whether any of this really matters, to begin with. Perhaps the idea of MY “identity” or “finding MYSELF” hinders ME just as much as it helps ME. Perhaps it confines ME in more ways than it frees ME. Continue reading “Do “NOT” Fear “ME””
I’m sure that your life, like mine, revolve around “keeping an eye on the time.” Whether for personal or professional obligations, we can’t get away from our time obligations and the need to stay on schedule for fear of turning our whole world upside down. Yet it continues to amaze me that I still must deal with people who seem to have no regard for, and place no value on, the importance of keeping appointments or who are perpetually late for everything. Continue reading “An Appointment to Keep”
Worship services abound in our nation. Sadly, most churches today are nothing more than social clubs, spiritual museums, and greedy businesses. We have more megachurches than ever before. We have worship services brought into our homes by television, internet, and podcasts. Many churches are filled with loud music and raised hands. Some even resemble rock concerts with the music being so loud that you can hardly hear yourself sing. Many churches have become focused on the unchurched and have Saturday night worship services or very informal services on Sunday morning so not to scare anyone away. We have experts and coaches teaching pastors how to worship. We have books on preaching and worship. We have seminars and teaching on how to conduct worship services, how to preach, speak and keep people in the seats. We have the latest state of the art audio and projection systems in our churches. We have well-trained worship teams to lead us. Worship abounds in evangelical churches. Yet, in all of this are we pleasing God? Is He really the focus, at the center of our worship? Continue reading “Enough with All the Noise”