Ever taken a multi-vitamin on an empty stomach? Don’t. Sickness happens. And frankly, most of the vitamins can’t be absorbed anyway. Why? Because there’s nothing in the stomach to take on those extra vitamins, or help the process along. In other words: pointlessness in a pill. Ever tried to participate in faith without a community?… Continue reading Vitamin-F(aith)
‘For you, God, have heard my vows; you have given me the heritage of those who fear your name.’ – Ps. 61:5 This post is a little different than most. I simply felt the desire to express some thoughts on the verse above. I do at least a decent amount of Scripture reading, but this… Continue reading A Holy Heritage
Initially, I wanted to save some money and some time. And I didn’t care how it looked. But while I trimmed my own hair with Conair clippers, I wondered why I couldn’t just give the money I saved to the homeless. Now, I know that the clippers themselves cost money. But if you factor in the… Continue reading Haircutting for Friends without Homes.
Churches usually have a few different ways of approaching ministry. Some see it as a temporary empowerment; others see it as lifelong community guidance. Most of the former tend to be your independent, non-denom, and sometimes Baptist churches. The latter tend to be the more liturgical, historical branches of the Faith, like Lutherans, Anglicans and… Continue reading “That ‘Parish’ Mindset”
Creation Care is about acting as one in a faithful community, to restore God’s creation from the brokenness that our own wrongs have caused. The greatness about this is that God already enables and empowers us because we identify with Jesus. So we don’t have to worry about how often we fail, when we really identify with Jesus. And we don’t have to be intimidated by the enormity of restoring creation as much as possible, because we identify with Jesus. Jesus is our comfort, our strength, our joy, our empowerment, our freedom, our restoration.
A few posts ago, I mentioned a call for ideas to improve community living as a means not just for neighborliness, but as a call for ecological care. And I received some pretty good ones.
Most of the suggestions happen to be in the form of transportation. Example: Joe, Bob and Sue live in the same apartment complex. But Joe works 15 miles NE, Bob works 20 miles SE, and Sue works nearly 45 miles W. What’s the problem? Right: they’re all using separate cars to get to work.
When an alien resides with you in your land, you shall not oppress the alien. The alien who resides with you shall be to you as the citizen among you; you shall love the alien as yourself, for you were aliens in the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God. – Leviticus 19:33-34… Continue reading Shoddy Census, or Empowered Immigration?
Random thought: what if the way we lived in community-styled housing was actually done “organically”? One of the most important factors for many home buyers isn’t just the purchase-price; it’s the community. It’s your neighbors, your values, the things that seem to spring up out of your shared life together. The ethos. That most important… Continue reading Revamped Community Residency
The excuse of not wanting to provide and pay for healthcare to others now, when it has been possible for so long, is much like a parent being reunited to their child, only to have the parent say, “I don’t want to be their parent now. It’s much too late.”