I remember sitting in the pews of churches hearing the pastor talk about ideas like homosexuality and liberal Christianity that I was going to meet in college. I remember being warned against their ideas and that they were the enemy, powers of darkness.
I don’t think my pastor’s purpose was to make me look at people that thought differently as less than human, but that is what I walked away with. I was afraid of college professors that taught philosophy. Gay people were more sinful than I was.
It took me a long time to reorient my thoughts and to recognize that I was a sinner needing grace just as much as the people I demonized. This can be very difficult if you do not know anyone that is apart of the LGBTQIA+ community or intellectuals that are not Christians. This also goes for progressive Christians.
Life is hard, and actually, we are not meant to go through life all on our own. These verses remind us that God has a plan, and He is powerful enough and loving enough to carry us through! From Crosswalk. ……..
I have often contended that the animals that serve and bless humanity are all gifts from God. He made certain animals — horses, cows, dogs, cats, etc. — to serve us and give us joy and companionship. This article points out how God feels about animals, and how we should treat animals as God’s children. From The Christian Crier………….
This brief article outlines another what I call “Christian life skill”…. to be able to focus on the good and not let the bad be the determiner of our experiences. From Written for Our Instruction……………….
I suspect a lot of you read a lot of Christian books like I do. Here is an article with some cogent thoughts on how a believer should evaluate Christian books and determine if they are in line with God or not. From Veritas et Lux……………….
For those of you with children, I believe this is a helpful and insightful article on the importance of tying the stories of the Bible together so that your kids will begin to learn about the one Great Story the Bible is telling. From Crossway……………..
I have been drawn to learn about and spend more time with books of the Old Testament thaat tend to be ignored or forgotten in our churches. And Malachi is one of those books. Here is an interesting article that argues for the importance of studying the Book of Malachi. From HistoricalTheology.org……………………
One of the emotional and spiritual highlights of my life has been the occasions that I had the pleasure of singing Handel’s Messiah in a community choir and a number of community sing-alongs of this great choral masterpiece. Here a Christian music scholar goes into the some detail about what Handel accomplished with this musical/spiritual composition. The video embedded in the article is worth the price of admission alone! From Alleluia!…………