Is Christmas Pagan?

Why Christmas doesn’t have pagan roots, but also isn’t Jesus’ birthday and does include idolatry. For at least 300 years after the death and resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth there was no record of the church ever marking his birthday with any kind of celebration. It just wasn’t something they bothered with, nor did they have any clear indication of what date his actual birth … Continue reading Is Christmas Pagan?

How to have a Backbone as a Christian

Don’t be Nice: be Kind. Being nice is often very dishonest, if you think about how we use the word “nice” compared to how we use the word kind. Nice guys are often secretly manipulative and exploitative with a strong sense of entitlement. “Oh, how nice of you” is often used very sarcastically because it refers to hypocrisy and selfishness. Nice is often about your … Continue reading How to have a Backbone as a Christian

Shame, Guilt, Vulnerability & God’s Love

What Steven Furtick got wrong about the bible, God’s love, and how to deal with pervasive shame in order to experience true forgiveness and reconciliation. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.‭‭Romans‬ ‭12:2‬ ‭NKJV‬‬ If I had to categorise the … Continue reading Shame, Guilt, Vulnerability & God’s Love

Navigating Halloween for Christians

Discerning what is appropriate freedom v’s legalism for followers of Jesus with advice from a former witch. Halloween as we know it today is cobbled together from various pagan cultures around the world including Celtic, Greek, and Aztec traditions held around the last week of October to the first week of November. Within the pagan community, a huge diversity of practices and people relate to … Continue reading Navigating Halloween for Christians

Breadcrumbs v’s the Bread of Life

Dealing with spiritually hangry people & why the only cure for emotional starvation is a secure relationship with God. And Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst.” – John 6:35 (NKJV) I’ve been getting back into bread-making thanks to a friend who is a sourdough master. I haven’t … Continue reading Breadcrumbs v’s the Bread of Life

Active Listening & Hearing God’s Voice

Why do we communicate, and are we bad at it? According to DeVito (2004) we communicate for a variety of reasons as outlined in the diagram below. Very few people waste time or energy on communicating arbitrarily, even if it seems that way sometimes. If you think that someone of simply filling the silence with words, you might not be paying close enough attention to … Continue reading Active Listening & Hearing God’s Voice