Christianity

Art And Dealing With Loss

One of the bloggers in the Christian Carnival (King of Fools) submitted a post about how after the death of a family pet, his youngest daughter gave everyone a drawing of their dog as a present to make them feel better. He entitled it Art Therapy. His post brought to mind how my wife and…

Sisyphus And Religious Faith

As I labor to work myself out of the current economic hole that my own decisions along with the economy has gotten me into, I reflected on the motivation for my hard work. After contemplating my condition for a while I come smack up against Sisyphus and the Apostle Paul. Interesting juxtaposition you say. Let me explain.

The root of the Sisyphean myth is punishment for not conforming to the will of the gods. Because of his offenses and his equally problematic disdaining of the gods, Sisyphus was given an unspeakable penalty in which the whole of his being was exerted toward accomplishing nothing; he was condemned to roll a massive rock up a hill in the underworld only to have it roll back down forcing him to start over. Both his toil and existence had no ultimate meaning. I have, after long years of arguing with myself decided that all those who pursue materialism and unbelief are like Sisyphus, toiling and striving to no meaning.

Small Things

Most relationships in life are sustained by small things. While we often focus on the big things, the grandiose statements of significant caring, it is the little acts of kindness and self giving that build the foundation and solidify the structure of our personal relationships. Therefore, when separations occur in our relationships, for whatever reason,…

Drought

It is raining today. While Maryland appears to have recovered from its recent drought problems, we needed this recent rain. Over the last decade we seem to cycle between periods of really wet weather and several years of below average rain that have lead twice to drought conditions. Our lives go through similar cycles with…

Memory and Being Christian

A recent movie, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, examined the nature of love and memory and how, as the most recent memories that had destroyed their relationship disappeared, Joel Barish (Jim Carrey), now having only the earlier, better memories, found he was once again in love with Clementine Kruczynski (Kate Winslet), who was also…

Knowing God – 1

This is the first post in a series on the classic of evangelical spirituality Knowing God by J.I. Packer. Our church’s men’s Bible study is studying it on Saturday mornings. We cover one chapter a week and this is my sixth time through the book, fifth time as a study. For those interested, more information…