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?
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
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
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
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
What do pearls represent in the bible? In the bible Jesus uses pearls as a metaphor twice, something which is not seen anywhere in the old testament. The bible certainly mentions costly jewels and the value of a person being beyond that of rubies, but is there something specific about pearls which Jesus wanted to convey? Unlike a lot of other types of jewels and … Continue reading The Pearl of Great Price & Swine
Standing in the Breach for Others & Softening your own Heart in the Process My last video on YouTube was on the subject of active listening and how some people really can’t hear or receive the messages Jesus gave us (Matthew 13). One of the comments gave me some food for thought because the viewer thought that I was saying we shouldn’t pray for people … Continue reading The Power of Prayer & Intercession
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