Archive for the ‘ Hard Times ’ Category

On Christian Objectivity 5: bin Laden is dead!

The way Christians responded to bin Laden’s death has been on my mind. It’s been on the minds of lots of people, actually. This theme alone probably accounts for half of my Facebook feed for the last few days. Continue reading

Easy Answers and Loving My Neighbor

This week I watched a TED Talk [1]. The presenter, Dr. Brene Brown, recently finished research on the way some people are able to overcome shame and have deep relationships while others remain overwhelmed by it. According to her, the basic difference between these two groups is that the former believes themselves worthy of love, while the second isn’t convinced. It’s one of the more important lectures I’ve heard recently, especially for Christians.
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P. Diddy and The Kingdom of God: Your Evangelism is Too Small

Diddy’s “Coming Home,” describes his hope for redemption. The refrain says

I’m coming home, I’m coming home! Tell the world I’m coming home.
Let the rain wash away all the pain of yesterday.
I know my kingdom awaits, and they’ve forgiven my mistakes.

The raps make it clear the narrator is ashamed of the way he has treated his kids and girlfriend/wife. In the refrain he longs for his painful memories, the devastating mistakes of his past, to be washed away. He imagines his family waiting, having forgiven his mistakes. The narrator is drowning in the awareness of his own sin. Continue reading

Responding to Cancer

A family friend is going through chemotherapy to get at a bit of cancerous tissue that the doctor found. She had her head shaved so that she could preempt the shock of having her hair coming out in tufts. Although the cancer is not very serious, this lady is like an auxiliary mother to me and thus I am particularly concerned for her well-being. Many people survive chemotherapy. They live for many years and never have cancer again. Some people have particularly exciting forms of cancer that resist all attempts at treatment, and so they die within months of diagnosis. In either case, cancer and chemotherapy affect people subtly from the inside. Continue reading

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