Learned some interesting things this past weekend at church. We’ve been talking about love and about how important love is and how it’s pretty much the basis of religion, life and it’s the most important of commandents from God. Pastor David mentioned an interesting anecdote. He said that when he was younger, he and his then girlfriend (his now wife) went to speak with a counselor about their relationship and about what it takes to make it work. This counselor they met with asked this then young couple what kind of a percentage they thought was needed to, as effort, as action, make their relationship work. Right away David said 50%. Now it’s obvious that we live in a world and in times where this is the norm, it’s the perspective we all have. We all ask for 50% as we put in the other 50%, we ask to be met halfway to signify this, but is that the right attitude to have?
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There’s so much to be thankful for at Christmas time. Sometimes we are thankful for the wrong reasons and with the wrong motives but the more time goes by, the clearer some reasons and motives get. This year is finally coming to an end and with it a lot of what can be left behind. There’s also a lot to look forward to in 2011 but let’s wait a week for that assessment. For now, there is only one absolute to be thankful for and that’s the presence of God in my life, in those around me and of course everywhere I and or we look to. Here’s the main reason we are here and the reason we should be thankful for this Christmas season.
So I came across this article recently and my first reaction was a bit of a chuckle. Of course I had to read the entire article to get the gist of what this guy’s position is and I can tell you that it’s sensationalism, nothing more. I’m not a biblical scholar, I’m not a theologian, but I do view a lot of religious beliefs, teachings and activities with very analytical eyes and mind and what I do scrutinize is done with the bible as standard. Bart Ehrman, the “former fundamentalist” whom the article is about goes on to say some semi-controversial things and takes some semi-controversial stands against his former beliefs and against the bible, but none of what he says is news to anyone nor is it some sort of, pardon the pun, revelation.
It’s that time of year again when people who normally wouldn’t go to church actually end up visiting a local church and celebrating the Easter weekend. It’s also the time of year though when people who do patronize a church actually feel closer to their faith and the beliefs they hold dear because this is when we celebrate our savior’s crucifixion and resurrection, pretty much the foundations of Christianity. Unfortunately to a greater degree of concern, this may also be the one time of year when entire churches actually decide to focus on God and on Christ instead of on the more material, faith-based teachings that they focus on week in and week out.