Retreating to the Shadows

"The most mischievous—and painful—by-product of any sorrow is the illusion that it isolates one, that one is kicked out alone for this from an otherwise cheerful, bustling, ‘normal’ world."  (From The Collected Letters of C. S. Lewis, Volume III: Narnia, Cambridge, and Joy 1950-1963) The essence of the above statement is that sorrow can cause one … Continue reading Retreating to the Shadows

A Withering of the Heart

 "My heart is sick, withered like grass, and I have lost my appetite." - Psalm 102:4 The term, "wither" or "withered" is used figuratively here to express a moral and spiritual deficiency that affects the heart, causing it to wither and decay from spiritual malnutrition. Similarities of Physical and Spiritual Malnutrition I recently underwent a gastronomy … Continue reading A Withering of the Heart

Being In The Presence of God

  If you wonder where God went, look around you.  He's closer than you think. In the words of the Psalmist: "the world and all that is in it belong to the Lord; the earth and all who live on it are his."  In Paul's speech to the gentlemen of Athens - who although considered religious, did … Continue reading Being In The Presence of God

What’s on Your Palette?

Living with an artist, has helped me understand how the colors on an artist's palette, influence the creation of a painting. In like fashion, the colors on our life's palette create its narrative, or how we became who we are.  Life experiences and influences become the colors that create the painting of ourselves - beautiful … Continue reading What’s on Your Palette?

Why Pandering After Relevance is Wrong for the Church

Has the church's search for relevance in the modern era, subjected it to assimilation by the very culture it seeks relevance in? Something Shiny Caught My Eye A story is recounted in Christianity Today, where a young pastor asked the late Eugene Peterson, what he could do to make his preaching more relevant (this during … Continue reading Why Pandering After Relevance is Wrong for the Church