Appeasing Or Pleasing?

The contrast between the implication of each of these words is momentous.  At first glance, both words have a positive connotation.  However, within the context of motives and relationship, they differ substantially.  To ‘appease’ is: To bring to a state of peace, quiet, ease, calm, or contentment; pacify; sootheTo satisfy, allay, or relieve; assuageTo yield … Continue reading Appeasing Or Pleasing?

In Pursuit of a Paradox’s Purpose

“I want to live conquered, and not experience a life free of oppression,” said No One ever.We need law, and want liberty. We need authority, and want autonomy. We need others, and want to exalt the self.Can there be any balance between the needs of life, and the wants of life?We see the paradoxes of … Continue reading In Pursuit of a Paradox’s Purpose

YOU are MADE for…

"Made" is a fundamental concept for a Christian worldview, and conversation about human identity. How now should we live? How can we live? How do we live? We live in days of uncertainty, but how is it that we can possess peace, a scarce resource, in this world? Can we know that there is a … Continue reading YOU are MADE for…

Does a racist deserve love?

Ever had a time, when time seemed to stand still ... your stomach churned within you and all you could feel was the heaving of emotions, like waves pounding a seashore? Your voice impeded by a clump in your throat, your mind reeling with “This cannot be happening!?” When the simple gracefulness of the feather-like … Continue reading Does a racist deserve love?

O Gumption, Where Art Thou?

GUMPTION. A word with a hilarious sound, but heroic definition. The Greek word, deilos, is used when one is cowardly, and there is a needless fear of “loss.” Deilos, describes a person who has lost their gumption, or in other words their determination and courage. O Gumption, Where Art Thou? It might sound like the … Continue reading O Gumption, Where Art Thou?

Stalwart, yet Silent

Thoughts turn like the pages of a skeptic’s encyclopedia. Troubled times seem more like a series of pantomimed clues in a game of charades. Has certainty been shaken?Everyone’s mood more weathered than the change of seasons. Maybe it’s just the spring showers cascading a deeper hue of grey, hiding the rainbows from view. But, let’s … Continue reading Stalwart, yet Silent

What Goes Around Comes Around…Or Does It?

Ten brothers had journeyed down to Egypt.  Famine had overtaken their homeland.  They simply needed food.  Complications weren’t anticipated; after all, Genesis 41:56-57 informs us that, “The famine was over all the face of the earth…So all countries came to Joseph in Egypt to buy grain.”  As the brothers approached Joseph, the usual business formalities … Continue reading What Goes Around Comes Around…Or Does It?

Wills at Odds

The human mind gets lots of attention, and with good reason. Human emotions capture lots of attention, and with necessary reaction. But, at the core of the mind and emotion is a force immovable unless the human self allows persuasion. Motivation to act is a direct cause and effect of the human will. Life is … Continue reading Wills at Odds

Out of Sight, Out of Mind

Have you ever had a life-changing experience or a transformative encounter with someone?  What emotions and memories come flooding into your mind as you recall your experience?  As we take time to remember and reflect upon these defining moments, we can often relive the wonderment and reverence felt. Imagine how Pharaoh's butler must have felt … Continue reading Out of Sight, Out of Mind

A Prayerful Resolution

When meditations escape out of quivering lips, and passionate pleas become droplets of linguistic scripts, we find some of the greatest literature ever written. The ‘art of living’ captured in words. We set aside time to synchronize the messages within, to the “then and now.” We call them literary giants. Classics to be read over … Continue reading A Prayerful Resolution