I'm 1 month shy of my 29th birthday and I have grey hairs. More than a few, like enough to warrant never parting my hair on the left. I've never really bought into all the "oh no, I'm 30 :(" hype. But in entering the last year of my 20s I'm starting to understand what they... Continue Reading →
Cheap grace is the grace we bestow on ourselves. Cheap grace is the preaching of forgiveness without requiring repentance, baptism without church discipline, Communion without confession...Cheap grace is grace without discipleship, grace without the cross, grace without Jesus Christ, living and incarnate. ~ Dietrich Bonhoeffer How many times have you heard "Do as I say,... Continue Reading →
Lorica (breastplate) of Saint Patrick
I arise today Through a mighty strength, the invocation of the Trinity, Through a belief in the Threeness, Through confession of the Oneness Of the Creator of creation. I arise today Through the strength of Christ's birth and His baptism, Through the strength of His crucifixion and His burial, Through the strength of His resurrection... Continue Reading →
seasoned with salt
Hi friends, just a little wisdom for your Tuesday~ Thank you so much to all the prayer requests I've been receiving!!! I am completely honored to be trusted with your precious cries out to God. As always, please let me know if I can pray for you in any way - use the comments link beneath the... Continue Reading →
None like you
And our God is not a God to merely believe, but to experience, not to only believe in, but be held by. A God who not only breaks for you — but breaks with you, a God to not only have creeds about — but to have communion with, a God who not only who... Continue Reading →
I am part of an online Bible study and you are invited. I've actually been doing one for a while with 2-3 other ladies from Santa Barbara. When I temporarily left that beautiful place behind in 2013 (blame the husband) I wanted to continue studying and meeting, and as it happens, I work for a company... Continue Reading →
Sufjan Stevens on Religion
Sufjan Stevens is one of my favorite artists – and now I’m happy to find that he is also always ready to give a reason for the hope that is within him – with gentleness and respect. (1 Peter 3:15)
His answers to the rather sharp and pointed questions are accurate and relevant to the world in which we find ourselves.
Jeremy Allen from The Quietus interviews Sufjan Stevens about his new album The Age of Adz and his religious beliefs:
Being an artist of some repute do you find the calling to spread the Good News sits awkwardly with your profile? Is it difficult?
SS: Not necessarily, you know, I think the Good News is about grace and hope and love and a relinquishing of self to God. And I think the Good News of salvation is kind of relevant to everyone and everything.
I find as I get older due to a sequence of events spirituality becomes more intriguing, though having been indoctrinated with the hard line dogma that I’d go to hell if I didn’t follow certain practices and believe very specific things, I was quite angry about Christianity for a while.
SS: Oh dear.
I suppose you could call it Protestant guilt.
SS: The church is an…
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12 I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. 13 I can do all this through him who gives me strength. Philippians... Continue Reading →