This is the first week of Advent and I have to admit that it sneaked up on me this year. There I was in church yesterday, the Sunday after Thanksgiving, when my pastor said: “We are taking a break from our Matthew series to celebrate the first week of Advent. The theme is Sent.” Huh. […]Read more "The Humble King"
The recent debates over the vaccine mandates and whether the government can or cannot force businesses to deny services based on a “vaccine passport” has reached new heights. Yesterday, I read that San Francisco health department has shut down an In N Out restaurant for not checking whether its customers were vaccinated. The city found […]Read more "No Vax, No Service, No Job??"
This year, Halloween, or as I prefer to celebrate Protestant Reformation Day, fell on a Sunday. Whether it is because of the continuing coronavirus fears or because of some latent respect for the church, I saw very few people dressed up for Halloween today. That is completely fine with me. Two years ago, I outlined […]Read more "Happy Protestant Reformation Day 2021"
Culture at large says the problem is the environment and the solution is inward. Christianity says the problem is inside and the solution from the outside. Culture says change the environment and the environment changes the individual. Christianity says change the individual and he will change the environment. Culture focuses on the material and dismisses the spiritual. Christianity […]Read more "What Is The Difference?"
Last year, I wrote a post called: Coronavirus versus the Church. It was dated March 14, 2020. The shelter-in-place order had not yet been announced but I remember that my church decided to cancel services and watch a recorded sermon. I remember that the sermon was filmed the pastor’s back patio or home office. The […]Read more "Coronavirus versus the Church 2"
As a historian, I am interested in learning more about the past. When I was in middle school, I read a lot of books on the western islands in Greece because I wanted to learn more where the “real” Ithaca was. Why? I had just finished reading The Odyssey for the first time. We know […]Read more "Digging up the Past"
Earlier this year, I wrote a post called Painful Anniversaries where I related how several past events still cause trauma and flashbacks. They are a mild form of PTSD and until we give ourselves time to heal, we will just be stumbling from pain to pain. Recently, I watched an archived short interview with Major […]Read more "Making Peace with Your Past"
Recently, I finished Amy Morin’s book 13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do. Morin’s definition of “mentally strong” is NOT about your IQ or other intelligence factors. It is NOT about mental health versus mental illness. Rather it is about your resilience, attitudes, and healthy self-evaluation. In fact, there are now up to 8 types […]Read more "Being Mentally Strong –"
What do you think is the toughest time in a day? Some would argue that the most difficult times in a day at the office. Others would say dealing with screaming kids or fighting with your spouse or partner. All that could be true, but I want to point out that being alone with our […]Read more "Thoughts at Twilight"
This post contains spoilers from the Chronicles of Narnia. Ever since I read C.S. Lewis’ The Last Battle, I have been fascinated by the different layers of storytelling. On one layer, it is a barely veiled retelling of the Book of Revelation from the Bible. Lewis loved allegories and The Last Battle does not disappoint. […]Read more "Susan’s Story"