13 October 2017

This 'n' That

There are times when I am just not very good at masking my frustration. Worse, there are times when I take to social media, particularly Twitter, to vent. I did it just this past week as I stood in the Post Office frustrated with and by...the Post Office. Now, to be clear, my mailman is fantastic. It's only when he takes a day off that things go awry. Also, for broader context, my grandfather spent his entire career working for the Post Office after he was finished serving in World War 2. So I have a great appreciation for mail workers who actually do their job. It's everybody else who is the problem. But then, I suppose that problem isn't exclusive to Post Office.

Long story short, everything worked out, but not without difficulty. In the process, I saw the bowels of my local post office. It was terrifying. It kind of made me want to wash my mail when it arrives. I felt a little bit like Buddy the Elf in the midst of a not-so-shiny mailroom.

Back to the matter at hand, though. I was reminded of the uselessness of tweeting or venting in any manner out of frustration. It helps no one, it reveals our pettiness (and our need to mortify such a sin), and it does not bring honor or glory to Christ. Twitter and other social media offer a great temptation in times of frustration, but we must think before we tweet/post/snapchat or whatever. What is the purpose of my post? Does it honor Christ? We all have frustrations we encounter daily, but we do not need to share them with the world. After all, if I'm already dealing with my own, why do I want to know about yours?

So, now that I've used this blog to offer up another true confession, why not give your Twitter feed a quick scan, clean it up if necessary, and then come back here to enjoy your week in review (kind of):

10 October 2017

Acceptable Sins Not Excepted: Gossip

In his sinfulness, man cannot help but defame others. It is intrinsic in his fallen nature. His pride, self-love, and disregard for God, God's law, and his fellow man all result in a mindset of self-preservation that is often exercised through defamation and slander.

Defamation and slander. These are two words that make most men shudder, for no one wants to be on the receiving end of such activity. But what about gossip? That isn't quite as bad, is it?

06 October 2017

This 'n' That

My life is filled with acronyms. Industry acronyms, company acronyms, department acronyms. For those of you who are drawing a blank as to what an acronym is, here is a definition:
An abbreviation formed from the initial letters of other words and pronounced as a word.
So, ASAP isn't a word in itself, but actually stands for As Soon As Possible. That is an acronym.

Source: Wikimedia Commons
Perhaps many of you remember a rather popular "Christian" acronym from the early 90s: WWJD, or What Would Jesus Do? Yep, the memories are flooding back, aren't they?

Raise your hand if you wore a WWJD bracelet! I admit it, I wore one. I mean, I went to church (sometimes), so I was a Christian, and Christians have to be up on the latest Christian trends. Right? Um...yeah, maybe not.

Oh well, we all have our moments. And, in my defense, I was only a kid...and I wasn't actually a Christian.

For some reason, remembering those WWJD bracelets makes me want to go find my slap bracelets, which were popular a couple years earlier. While I go search the closet for those, why don't you take a few moments to enjoy your week in review (kind of):

04 October 2017

The Lie of 'Acceptable' Sins

Take heed of secret sins. They will undo thee if loved and maintained: one moth may spoil the garment; one leak drown the ship; a penknife stab and kill a man as well as a sword; so one sin may damn the soul; nay, there is more danger of a secret sin causing the miscarrying of the soul than open profaneness, because not so obvious to the reproofs of the world; therefore take heed that secret sinnings eat not out good beginnings.
— Jeremiah Burroughs
Secret sins are hidden, concealed from our family, friends, and church. They are nurtured in the quiet moments of our life, and the darkest corners of our heart. We often consider such covert transgressions to be pursuits of lust, such as pornography; however, it is far easier to conceal and cultivate more “minor” sins, such as envy, anxiety, pride, or selfishness.

This is because we often fail to even recognize these sins as sins. Says Jerry Bridges,
God has not given us the authority to establish values for different sins…All sin is serious because all sin is a breaking of God’s law.[1]
Just because we are tolerant of a particular “respectable” sin does not mean that it is not a serious breach of the law of God. So while we mourn over our visible, flagrant sins, we must also mourn over those sins that, though perhaps acceptable in a fallen world, are not acceptable before God.

01 October 2017

Equipping Eve: Reformation Reversal, Part 1

A recent Pew survey reveals that many professing protestants do not actually know or understand what they believe. 2017 marks the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, but but is it possible that there has been a steady reversal of the reformation over the years?

Click here to listen to this latest episode of Equipping Eve.

To access the Pew research survey referenced in this episode, click here.

Additional Resources
A Brief Reformation Day History
The Reformer You Need to Meet: William Farel
Equipping Eve: The Importance of Context

Sunday Morning Praise

How Great Thou Art

29 September 2017

This 'n' That

Things I think about while sitting at the airport, waiting for a two hour delay:

Why does that man keep riding the moving walkway and turning around when he reaches the end? He knows he's not exercising if he's just standing there while it moves him forward, doesn't he?

I hope that child stops screaming before that family boards the plane.

Has it been two hours yet?

Why are there so many dogs here?

It's nice that they're offering us free drinks and snacks while we wait, but does it have to be Dasani water? Does anybody else suspect that Dasani is really just tap water from Detroit?

Why are the bathroom stalls so small? Did the person who designed these not grasp the concept of an airport, and not realize that most people would be squeezing into these with one or two carry-on bags?

Has it been two hours yet?

I hope that guy finishes his smelly sandwich before he gets on the plane.

I wonder where that family is returning from. Oh wait, their their matching T-shirts are announcing it: Florida.

Surely by now it has been two hours!

Sigh. When are leggings going to go out of style? Those aren't pants. They are tights, and tights were meant to be worn underneath other clothing.

I hope I remembered to pack shampoo. I hate hotel shampoo. It always smells like fake flowers or cedar.

Yes, we are boarding! I wonder why we were really delayed? 

Now that you have some not-so-exciting insight into my brain, why not get ready for the weekend by enjoying your week in review (kind of):