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?
“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
Many of us would probably verbally affirm that God is enough. However, do our daily choices reflect the fact that He is enough? Few passages deliver as powerful a blow as II Samuel 12:7, when the prophet Nathan confronts David after he [David] impregnated his loyal follower’s [Uriah] wife and had him strategically placed on … Continue reading When God Isn’t Enough
In the Biblical account of Adam and Eve, ever wonder how that happened? “Then the eyes of them were opened, and they knew they were naked...” Genesis 3:7a (CSB) How did their perception so radically change?I mean, they had the same body, same skin, etc. It wasn’t like “everything” started sagging and joint pain set … Continue reading Stripped of Glory
"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…
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?
How do you respond to unexpected occurrences…especially situations that you had every reason to believe would go smoothly…but didn’t? Jacob’s sons returned from Egypt with food in hand…and a story to tell: “Then they went to Jacob their father in the land of Canaan and told him all that had happened to them, saying, ‘The … Continue reading Fear or Faith? Paralysis or Progress?
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?
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
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?