Posts tagged Scripture
Do you know how to napkin?

Doodles, by their very nature, are non-threatening.

I mean, seriously... doodles? Rather than have religious doctrine laid out in front of you in all its complexity and depth for the first time, wouldn't you rather your friend buy you a cup of coffee and ask the barista for a few extra napkins to doodle on? See, here's the cool part about it - no one expects doodles to convey the complexities. No one sketches a Rembrandt and expects the viewer to stand in awe or examine the play of light and color or admire the details... because you can't. So if you ask an art aficionado to give you a beginner's lesson on Rembrandt and he pulls out a napkin and his sketch pen, you don't freak out. You expect simply to hit the highlights - to ski the bunny slopes. In the same vein, when you pull out a napkin to share the Gospel, your listener doesn't expect incredibly daunting theology to be thrust upon them but rather a crash course. With a napkin, the concept is so utterly familiar that you feel like, at least on a rudimentary level, you can understand it! No one is afraid of a napkin.

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Fine, I'll do you a favor. Will you marry me?

I found a little gem on social media the other day. As I read it, I knew something wasn't quite right. I got a sickly feeling in my heart, not because I was offended by what I read but because I realized how many people hold a slighted and cynical view of marriage. My first instinct was to stamp everything with a bright red "FALSE!" but as I brought my gavel down, I realized I couldn't... because it was all true. Here's what it said:

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It's [NOT] my party, I can [NOT] do what I want.

The emphasis on individuality in our culture has infected the minds of everyone, myself included. While that may sound unnecessarily ominous, the impact is quite larger than many believe it to be. We are one of the relatively small number of cultures that puts such large stock in being your own person, being self-sufficient, riding solo etc. Many other cultures place greater emphasis, instead, on family, working teams, groups and larger functioning units of society. The understanding behind this way of life, that I'm afraid is being lost in our culture, is that our lives, though we may have persuaded ourselves otherwise, have a huge impact on other people.

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What would happen if you reverse the 7 Deadly Sins?

I'm sure that you have heard of the 7 Deadly Sins (or at least seen the movie Se7en): Lust, Gluttony, Greed, Sloth, Wrath, Envy, Pride.

What would happen if, taking a cue from Scripture, we lived in such a way as to do the reverse of such sins?

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In Regards to Lost Reverence

Though we passed armed guards and wrought-iron gates, we walked in silence as we entered into the sanctuary. The only word ringing in my head was reverence. Though we were directed by tired, grumpy priests to sit in cold, metal folding chairs, we sat in silence as the masses filed in, one by one. The only word ringing in my head was reverence. Though we knelt on cold, hard concrete with our feet uncomfortably twisted beneath us, we knelt in silence as we listened to the angelic choral music fill the void. The only word ringing in my head was reverence.

Reverence.

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"Hey... where's your other shoe?"

"Hey... where's your other shoe," I asked.
"It fell off somewhere along the way. I guess I can just throw this one out."

15 minutes earlier

We shouldered our packs, tightening the waist and chest straps snuggly against us. The doors slid open at what seemed to be a snails pace.

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What Legacy Will You Leave?

Edmund Morris, in his book "The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt", quotes Roosevelt as saying,

“From time to time little men will come along to find fault with what you have done…they will go down the stream like bubbles, they will vanish; but the work you have done will remain for the ages."
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