Faltering Faith: Sacrifice

One of my favorite Hymns from a young age and even until today has always been “Because I have been Given Much.”  It is based on the peom of Grace Noll Crowell. Let’s read some of it: Because I have been given much I too must give Because of thy great bounty Lord Each day I live I shall divide (my) gifts from thee With every brother that see Who has the need of help from me … Because I have been blessed by thy great love dear Lord I’ll share thy love again According to thy word I shall

No matter who wins…

No matter who wins this is my country. No matter who wins I will continue to love this place.  No matter who wins I will continue living here.  No matter who wins, she or he will be my president.  That won’t mean I will agree with their policies.  That won’t mean that I will fight for their agenda.  But I will fight to protect them as an individual and to honor the office that they hold. I don’t believe that our country will be in total ruin regardless of who wins.  I won’t think that this is the “finale” season

Faltering Faith

I have been wanting to post this for a while but I feel inadequate.  I just don’t feel like I am qualified to judge the faith of another. While I am a man of faith, I also believe that unrighteous judgement is wrong. Also my beliefs are considered non-traditional by even the most radical of Christian religions. Further I feel that this will come across poorly.  Either I will be seen as being holier than thou or I will be accused of bashing another’s faith.  Rest assured that my intent is not to question another’s faith, nor is it to

False Dichotomies: Science vs. Religion

Last month I had a Facebook friend post a picture of a t-shirt that read something like “Too stupid to understand sceince? Try religion.”  Not only did I find this to be a rather narrow view of scientists and perhaps offensive to my scientist friends who accept both religion and science in their lives, I couldn’t help but think how misleading that shirt is about reality.  Truth is that this friend’s post is what sparked my writing about false dichotomies all together. The problem here is that science and religion are NOT on opposite sides of the spectrum.  Science is

Pillar Three: Religion

The third pillar in the series on the Seven Pillars of Society that I would like to talk about is Religion. As you can tell from the general nature of many of my posts.  Religion is one of my favorite topics.  Not necessarily my specific faith, although I like to talk about that too, but religion in general.  I think that it is such an important part of any society, even for those that don’t profess a religion. Religion is the organization that provides the standards, mores, and values of a society.  Religion needn’t be Christianity.  Religions come in almost

False Dichotomies: Republican vs. Democrat

The tragic events of the weekend are saddening.  It troubles me to think that anyone could perform any act of hatred in the name of God. I pray for those who were affected by these events and for their loved ones. I am about to be a hypocrite and use this tragic weekend to make a point.  However, I think that as you see my point, you may be willing to forgive me.  But I feel that this is a prime time to address one of my examples of our cultural false dichotomies. Because the two party system is the