The Purpose of the Christian Life

St. Augustine, a Catholic bishop, actually associated with the Protestant Reformation, was caught up in the notion of “sovereign joy”. He was convinced the whole of the Christian’s life was to be sold out to the pursuit of holiness, and the pursuit of joy in God alone. The Bible states that “without holiness no oneContinue reading “The Purpose of the Christian Life”

Live Shows and Faithful Friends

I once ran into a friend of mine after a Phish concert. We used to play cowboys and Indians as kids. He asked me what songs did the band sing. He apparently was a “faithful friend” of the band, something that was popularized by the Grateful Dead and inherited by Phish, a following…of campers (peopleContinue reading “Live Shows and Faithful Friends”

“Everybody has a plan til they get punched in the mouth.” – Mike Tyson

What about below the belt?  What’s your secret of getting back on the horse when you fall off and get kicked in the face? I’ve been thinking about Jesus’ parables that took their form to sink in only with those who had “ears to hear”, namely his disciples, although even they didn’t get it muchContinue reading ““Everybody has a plan til they get punched in the mouth.” – Mike Tyson”

The Business of Ministry & the ministry of business

Where do we start?  Why are we trying to remake ourselves, get to the other side? If we’re in ministry, we tell our financial supporters what business (aka busyness) our work is about.  “Well we offer after school tutoring, relationships, and Bible studies!”  But not all necessarily in that order, lest we return to theContinue reading “The Business of Ministry & the ministry of business”

Pharmakeia?..or just Pharmaceuticals?

I was introduced to the concept of Pharmakeia by a friend who reiterates the directive given to him by his acting psychiatrist at the time.  My friend asked why was he being prescribed medication for what was called a psychosis.  The doctor replied, “For people like you”. Sounds scary but is this attitude indicative ofContinue reading “Pharmakeia?..or just Pharmaceuticals?”