Beauty Beheld

The captivating radiance of a bursting sunrise.  The sound of singing birds on a crisp, early Spring morning.  The way a certain painting or work of art both captures and moves you all at once.  The unforgettable melody of perfectly arranged music.  The still quiet of a moonlit night.  These are but a few of…

Seasons in Measure

One of the things we really like about the place where we are currently living is the expansive backyard.  Now, I know by some standards, three quarters of an acre is not considered expansive, but after nearly ten years in Downtown Orlando, this property, to us at least, qualifies as such.  Not only is the…

Breath of God

The very fact of our relatively stable existence today is, I think, another great demonstration of not just the existence of God, but his active presence in the world around us.  Left to our own destructive devices and tendencies, there is little doubt that, but for God’s will otherwise, we would naturally collapse in on…

Christianity > Critical Thinking

To quote a recent sermon I heard, “Christianity requires more than just thinking, but never less.”  Chewing on that statement, I could acknowledge, through my own experience, that there is a common misperception among nonbelievers that to become a Christian is to divorce oneself from logical or critical thinking in favor of a blind, unthinking faith.…

Full Spectrum Glory

Whether knowingly, subconsciously or indirectly, most believers would agree that at a fundamental level, the purpose of our existence on this earth is to glorify the One who created us.  We’ve all heard or perhaps used the term casually as something we are called to do in a general sense, but as I consider how (or if) I do this,…

Old Pointing to New

Some have questioned Christianity on the basis of novelty or inconsistency with the pre-existent religion of Judaism, particularly the Hebraic tradition of the Torah.  This apparent inconsistency can sometimes be used by skeptics as a means of invalidating either or both and, summarily, belief in God.  The reality is that the Old Testament, by way of its…

Jesus: The Man, The Myth, The Christ

Few people would outright deny the existence of a real man named Jesus who walked this earth nearly 2,000 years ago.  If you are willing to accept the historocity of the person, then, as C.S. Lewis has said, you must also believe one of the following about him: He was either a liar, a lunatic…

Leaving Well Enough

It’s never easy to say goodbye to friends.  This is especially true for ones who love you more like family and with whom you’ve shed tears of joy as well as sorrow.  There is always a unique bond that is formed between co-laborers in a close-knit environment such as a church staff and I was blessed…

Love, defined.

Love can be a thing.  It can be an emotion.  It can be a concept or an idea.  No doubt, if we were asked to define love, we would be hard pressed to come up with a single, all encompassing definition that appeals to everyone.  Nevertheless, we all have an innate sense of what love is…

Confessions of a Christian Conservative: Chips of Brass

The last vestiges of Thanksgiving leftovers have finally been cleared from the refrigerators and the tupperware containers cleaned, dried and stowed.  That can only mean one thing.. time to chirp and bemoan the continuing de-Christification of Christmas.  I say this glibly as one who often joins the annual chorus of frustrated voices, crying foul amid the…