Hedonism, Begone!

I got to go to church this morning. Sure, that’s something to look forward to every week, but this was especially meaningful.  I sat down and tried to figure out how long it has been since I have been in a proper service, and was shocked.  December 2oth was canceled because of snow.  December 27th I only could stay for the service and not for kid’s church because it was the last home football game and I had to hit the road.  Then the 3rd of January was the kid’s Christmas program (which was originally supposed to be on 12/20) so I missed both sermons, the 10th I was there but since I had to run an errand for kids church first and the pastor was preaching in all three services I missed 2/3 of the sermon, the 17th I was out of town, the 24th I was sick as a dog, the 31st I had no car and services were again canceled because of snow.

So to make a long story short, I have only been to service once since before Christmas!  Yes, I was a practicing heathen. Continue reading

Is there such a thing as too conservative or too zealous when it comes to religion?

Small disclaimer: It’s late, I read this article a few weeks ago, then again earlier today, and it is STILL bothering me.  So much so that I had to put my thoughts in some sort of rambling order and try and see if I was making sense, making something out of nothing, or making a fool of myself.  Thus the reason for this rambling essay . . . .

This article, and the fact that this is a serious movement, really does frighten me.  I don’t know why, but it does.  I don’t have a problem with different translations in theory, whatever floats your boat you know?  We all have our personally favored translation that we use regularly because we identify with the style of speech, type of writing, etc.  I just have a feeling that if a translation such as this proposes were available it would lead to all sorts of behavior by the extremists, some of which already have their own interpretation of the version in use today.  The simple fact that they consider the KJV to be ‘liberal’ at best to me indicates that they are already skewed in their thinking, not to mention approaching this from an extremely biased perspective–albeit the opposite perspective than the one they currently believe exists in error.

Currently this group feels that the translations out today show a lack of accuracy in both modern language and the original texts as well as a disconnect that has occurred during the translation process, and the group is trying to correct these issues.  I don’t have a problem with some of their requirements for a new translation, such as the logic of hell or open-mindedness.  Nor do I care about gender-inclusive language; in most spoken languages (English being the exception thanks to the PC movement) the plural form of any group of objects is masculine, regardless of the number of females or feminine objects present.  One masculine presence, and the plural form is masculine.  To my knowledge this is only an issue here, in English, but it has never bothered me.

I do take issue with other points.  Continue reading

Questionable Friendships Clarified

I was impressed, I received a response back from my pastor within 24 hours.  (When I email Pastor B, it sometimes takes several days–what a nice surprise!)

Here is his response, which I think I still have a few issues with but we’ll see after I process it . . . .

You are never bothering me with what God is doing in your life.  I think it is the coolest thing ever to have someone interacting with a truth that God put on my heart to share. Continue reading

Questionable friendships

People sometimes look at me strange when I talk about taking notes in church.  Well, I do.  For me, it’s a way to pay attention and keep my mind from wandering during the 30-40 minutes that I have to sit still.  Plus it gives me something to reference and look back on.  Sometimes I take tons of notes, sometimes it’s only half a steno pad page.  Depends on who, what, etc.

This past Sunday was a big note taking day.  And for the first time I also pulled out a pen and wrote down questions as I went along.  I always have questions, I think they are healthy.  But this time I had a LOT of questions during the sermon, and I’m curious to know what others might think about it.  Continue reading

I am always amazed by the SEEK kids!

Last night was the annual concert by my church’s youth group.  160 active kids got up to sing.  Normally they also have a fund raiser for their summer missions trip, this year they decided there is enough going on in the world that they can do missions right here at home.  So that was the theme–hope, faith, and community.  Later this month they are going to have a market in town where people can come and ‘shop’ for services (haircuts, medical screenings, etc.), food, clothing, whatever.  At no charge.  And it will be run by the kids.

They were absolutely amazing.  I am always inspired by these kids and hope that if I ever have a family of my own some day that they can be as plugged in and as deeply rooted in their faith as these children demonstrate.  How very inspiring.

A Weekend Away

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80 women
40 hours
6 horses
5 houses
4 hours
3 days

Thus was the total of the weekend I had at Sandbridge. 80 women went away to the beach, where from 7pm Friday to 11am Sunday we were able to worship and learn together. We were divided into five different houses, and while we thought leaving at 230 would give us plenty of time to get there we ran into traffic issues on 264 and it took four hours to get there. Continue reading