Sunday, October 30, 2011
At the end of the episode, the various members of the community came to one long table to enjoy the meal. While I'm not criticizing the motives of the show, I must comment on the irony. The meal was obviously fresh and delicious, and each person was rightfully proud of what she or he contributed; however, I was saddened by the absence of thanksgiving to the Creator-- from whose hand all of the food and drink was provided. Perhaps this show is a fitting postmodern metaphor of where we are spiritually in America today- feasting on all that satisfies for only a short time, and forgetting to invite the Invisible, Eternal, Immortal to the table.
Thursday, October 13, 2011
Perhaps I'm just on the outside of the cool circle (which has always been the case), but I prefer to abstain from trend-speak. What buzz words have you noticed lately?
Sunday, October 9, 2011
Could it be that this new technology could virtually undo the linguistic boundaries that God put into place?
While technological advancements can be used for good, we have to realize that in general the hearts of mankind continue to strive for self-sufficiency, self-aggrandizement, and a resistance to submitting to the authority of our Creator. Technology will continue to change, but people are people, and our hearts will only find satisfaction when we place our faith and trust in Jesus Christ.
What do you think?
Thursday, September 15, 2011
Saturday, August 13, 2011
Thursday, June 30, 2011
2 Peter 3:9
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
Something rings true about this three-part definition.
Once we identify a fool in our lives, we would do well to follow the instruction given in Proverbs concerning our interaction with him or her.
Here's a link to her book: http://www.amazon.com/Foolproofing-Your-Life-Effectively-Impossible/dp/0307458482/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1309318068&sr=8-1
Friday, June 24, 2011
Sunday, May 15, 2011
Wednesday, March 2, 2011
It seems that the polite, standard phrase You're welcome is becoming extinct. Have you noticed the number of times at a store or restaurant your Thank you is returned with No problem?
I think this is a problem.
Saying No problem is in a very real sense a refusal of one's offering of thanksgiving. Instead of returning the conversation by focusing on the other person (particularly with the word you, as in You are welcome), saying No problem keeps all of the focus on the recipient.
Furthermore, sometimes people say Thank you even if they were inconvenienced (out of politeness). In that case, there may have been a problem, but they were willing to look beyond it to offer thanks. When the recipient mutters No problem it's like a slap in their face to remind them that there was indeed some type of problem.
I realize this sounds petty, but a final reason to avoid using the tired No problem is that it makes one sound... well, how should I say this... ignorant. I know that sounds cold and superficial, but there's nothing about the expression that communicates that I carefully choose my words because I am honored to speak with you.
I guess I should go ahead and offer a My bad to those of you I may have offended. My guess though is that my offense was no problem. After all, the phrase is so much fun to say that it becomes addictive.
Next time you're at a restaurant or store, pay attention to the response you receive when you offer thanks. After all, words matter.
My wife and I have been trying to train our children to say You're welcome. I hope you'll join us in this small step toward returning a little bit of politeness to our world. After all, saying You're welcome really is no problem at all.
Saturday, February 26, 2011
11"For from the rising of the sun even to its setting, My name will be great among the nations, and in every place incense is going to be offered to My name, and a grain offering that is pure; for My name will be great among the nations," says the LORD of hosts.
Sunday, February 13, 2011