Category «christianity»

Culture and the Bible

“It rains on the just and the unjust alike. What do you think that means?” “Oh, teacher! It means good things happen to both good and bad people.”   That was an exchange I had with my class in Yemen. The saying is from the Bible (I can’t remember where in there) and my first …

Jesus and Taxes

I’m getting sick of the recent meme going around asking the rhetorical question, “Surely Jesus commanded us to help the poor. What kind of Christian nation is this really if we don’t do that?” It’s considered a “gotcha” when critiquing the tea party stance on paying taxes. Surely good Christians (and the Tea Party and …

Son of Sam and redemption

A friend of mine posted this article on her facebook profile with the comment “Sad proof that people will look anywhere for answers to life’s questions…” The article is a NYT piece about David Berkowitz, a.k.a the Son of sam, and his transformation over the years from a crazed serial killer to someone that is …

What are you doing for Lent?

That’s the question I’ve been asked by two friends of mine (one Catholic, one Episcopal). It’s a stumper, it’s like being asked what I’m going to do for Boxing day, or if I have gotten my Columbus day cards in the mail yet. So I guess I’m doing my “usual” for lent, that is, nothing …

Reading

I brought “The Logic of Political Survival” along with me to the beach house. I haven’t touched it though. Instead, I have been listening to “Orthodoxy” by Chesterton. It was one of two books that I downloaded from emusic when they started their audiobook service. The other one was “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.” …

I’m surprised

I was doing a little reading about the differences between the Orthodox churches and the Catholic ones here and I found something that really surprised me. They do not believe in the concept of original sin! They believe that all things are born innocent and without sin. That has some bearing on how they view …

The Bible

One the things I enjoy when I come back to Gloucester is talking with one of my friends. G. is a super good guy and is the one that turned me onto the advantages of considering oneself a Christian. He’s a very genuine guy and we can stay up to all hours talking religious stuff. …