There are many virtues that a person ought to embrace because they makes us better people. One of the Founding Fathers of America, Benjamin Franklin, set out a regimen for practicing and instilling virtues in his life. Though he was not perfect, he had a noble and honorable goal. I decided that practicing virtuous living was a good and worthy goal, so I am focusing on one virtue per week. This week’s virtue is silence.
This is not meditative silence like solitude. Rather, this is temporary silence where I pause before I speak. Silence is centered around three key questions to ask myself before giving an answer: (1) Is my response true? (2) Is my response kind? and (3) Is my response necessary? (more…)
Mandatory warning: This post contains spoilers from Star Wars: The Force Awakens (and the rest of the saga too).
When it comes to Christians and culture, it’s really easy to generalize, to place things into buckets of “good” and “eeeeeeeviiiiiiiiiil”. But this kind of thinking is just plain lazy. We’re living in God’s world and so there will be some good in most everything (and everyone); but since we also live in a fallen world, the opposite is also true. The role of a thoughtful Christian is to see things for what they are, to “rightly divide” the good from the bad. The redeemable from irredeemable. (more…)
It’s that time of year again, where we worship the incarnation of God-become-man Jesus. Others, however, sing songs about a fat jolly man dressed in red who flies around the world in one night.
However, there good reasons to believe that there actually was a “Santa Claus”. He is much more than the Coca-Cola red north pole dweller; he actually existed and he served the cause of Christ. (more…)
Year round you’ll see car magnets and bumper stickers admonishing you to “Keep Christ in Christmas”. But what exactly does this mean? Hopefully more than just saying “Merry Christmas!” What are some good, practical ways to ensure your holiday season remains Christ-centered? (more…)
It’s time again for my favorite holiday: Thanksgiving. It’s a time of reflection on the gifts we have received. As Ravi Zacharias writes in his book ‘Recaptured by Wonder,’ gratitude is the first step to wonder. Gratitude does not come easy because it is first and foremost a mindset.
A brief reflection on the start of the holiday is a good place to begin – no, not the pilgrims… but when the day was proclaimed as a national holiday. (more…)