Archive for the 'Spiritual Growth' Category

Becoming Israel

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011

It’s 5:30 in the morning, but on other nights it’s been three, or four in the morning and I wake up reviewing my life, not as a matter of conscious choice, but as if my soul was already in the act and at the time of waking I am merely becoming aware of what was […]

A Few Bullets on Flesh and Spirit

Monday, August 15th, 2011

The flesh cannot submit to God Biblically speaking, the flesh is not a reference to bodily existence but rather human life enmeshed in the power of sin The flesh is the eclipse of God through absolute human autonomy God’s judgment upon the flesh is death God judged the flesh in Jesus, and Jesus rose to […]

Confessions of a Theological Elitist

Wednesday, May 4th, 2011

Aren’t you all entitled to your half-assed musings on the Divine. You’ve thought about eternity for twenty five minutes and think you’ve come to some interesting conclusions. Well let me tell you, I stand with 2,000 years of darkness, and bafflement, and hunger behind me. My kind have harvested the souls of a million peasants, […]

Penance and the Guarani

Friday, April 15th, 2011

The following is a developed version of an email I sent to my friend, Kevin Bardon, who wanted me to respond to an article he sent to me about penance ******* Kevin, I have been attending a fellowship group at Saint James, primarily comprised of young adults, and last week we watched The Mission, which […]

Our True Selves Are Beyond Us

Monday, March 28th, 2011

Awhile ago I saw the Adjustment Bureau, a film that was presented as one man’s fight against the forces the sought to determine his life. To a degree, I suppose this is a valid expression of the film’s central theme, but beyond this fight against fate, what stood out for me was the protagonist’s use […]

Be Still and Know…

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011

Yesterday, while at my accountability group, one of my brothers shared the following verse from Psalm 46: Be still, and know that I am God. Afterward, while we were sitting in silence together I thought I heard the Lord say to me… Be still, and know that you are not God. This made me laugh […]

Bulletpoints on Becoming

Friday, March 4th, 2011

In short, we are a being in becoming, and through faith in Christ our becoming is a path that leads us back to God. Essential to walking this path is self denial, and so with this in mind, I give the following bulletpoints on becoming. We can deny ourselves things for the sake of obtaining […]

The Challenge of Chastity

Monday, February 28th, 2011

The following words from C.S. Lewis are specifically about the Christian virtue of chastity, which is the moral teaching that the joy and responsibility of sex is for marriage only. Lewis acknowledges, that such teaching is contrary to our sexual instincts, and in Mere Christianity, he provides a masterful defense of why chastity, even in […]

Recapitulating the Original Sin

Monday, February 28th, 2011

In the Genesis narrative the original sin happened when Adam and Eve believed, each in their own way, that they had to look after themselves because God was holding out on them. We recapitulate this sin when, in various ways, we act out of the same belief.

To The Root

Monday, February 21st, 2011

Repentance is a call to the root, and hence it is not directly a call to change behavior, but rather a call to change what one trusts to live a full life.  Repentance will entail a redefining of what the good life is and it will entail a shift in reliance upon certain resources and […]