In order to survive and prosper, a society needs the vitality and idealism of youth and the wisdom and experience of the elderly. What we are experiencing today is a sprit of nihilism in both young and old: a belief that the old ideas about religion, morals, law and government have failed and need to … Continue reading Hope for a better world
Death is an enemy. The Christian who has lived his life at peace with God and with his fellow man does not experience death as an enemy, but the doorway into eternal happiness. But for those who he leaves behind death is an enemy. Someone who has been part of their very existence has been … Continue reading Funerals
Self-centred or God-centred?
We entered this world as helpless babies and we were totally self-centred. We had to be. We needed nourishment, we needed help when we hurt, we needed help when we were afraid, but we could not provide any of those things for ourselves. So we were vocal about our needs and our parents had to … Continue reading Self-centred or God-centred?
I wrote my last blog post shortly after reading Hillbilly Elegy* by J.D. Vance. The book is a very personal memoir which incorporates sociological insights into the roots of poverty among the Scots-Irish people of the Appalachian region, the hillbillies. As J.D. Vance writes, the poverty of a large swath of black people in the … Continue reading Hillbilly connection?
Recipe for poverty
A home with a revolving set of parents A home where parents scream at each other and at the children A home where parents throw things at each other and at the children A home where parents have no interest in what children are learning in school, or whether they are learning anything at all … Continue reading Recipe for poverty
What’s wrong with the world?
A few years before the First World War a British newspaper published an article bearing the above title. Shortly thereafter the following letter to the editor appeared: “Dear Sir: Regarding your article 'What's Wrong with the World?' I am. Yours truly,” ― G.K. Chesterton Chesterton later expanded on that thought, saying: "In one sense, and that … Continue reading What’s wrong with the world?
A place to stand
Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity. 2 Timothy 2:19 The foundation of God: In the beginning of time, the second day of Creation, God separated the dry land from the waters. … Continue reading A place to stand
A life-giving faith
We Christians have a lot to say about heaven and how we long to be there. Is anticipation enough to get us there? If we are not experiencing joy in the journey, will we make it? Many Christians are experiencing a joyous and happy life, filled with joy far more abundant than they ever knew … Continue reading A life-giving faith
We heard, then saw, Canada geese this morning for the first time this spring. A reassuring sign that the wild things are carrying on as usual and spring is on its way.
"God will provide." We say those words glibly, so certain of their truth that we may appear to have no compassion for people in distress. That isn’t what they are experiencing day after day. Life seems to be stacked against them. Perhaps they don’t have the skills to find a job that will pay a living … Continue reading Baby steps