Showing posts from May, 2012

Remember or celebrate? Or both?

Memorial Day is a day on the calendar set aside to honor and pay tribute to those soldiers who have given their lives serving the country and representing our freedom.  At least that's how it is supposed to be.  Just an observation: Memorial Day has been replaced by "Memorial Day Weekend."  Don't get me wrong; I'm all for grilling, going to the beach (or lake), playing with the family and friends, and taking a break from the regular routine.  If I'm being honest, routine and I don't get along very well anyway.  These are all part of living life to the fullest... but so is remembering and paying tribute.  Maybe I miss it, but I don't see a lot of people pausing to reflect and honor the fallen soldiers on Memorial Day.  This is why I make it a point to include some type of recognition, as well as  moment or silence, during the church worship gathering on the Sunday before Memorial Day (I also take time on Memorial Day itself for a personal moment

Thoughts on Gay Marriage

This week, the President of the United States came out in public support of gay marriage... to much controversy and support and disapproval. If you've been around a minute, you know that commentary on anything political is an extremely rare occurrence for me... it's time for an occurrence. I have a number of thoughts on the subject, but before I do, let me answer the accusation, "You Christians make these judgements, and you don't even know any gay people." Seriously?  I do.  I know several, both men and women.  Not only do I know people who are, but some of them I call "friend" in the truest sense of the word... even to the closeness of feeling more like family.  So let me approach this not as a random, faceless subject, but with this scenario: what if one of my close friends, who happens to be gay, wanted to enter the covenant relationship of legal marriage, only to be told that what they desire is impossible and illegal? #1 - my heart breaks for m

If it's God's will, it will happen... or will it?

The other day I was in a conversation with a group of young people, and one of them was wrestling with how to approach their college career.  It costs quite a bit to attend where they would like to.  And someone made this statement, "You know what, if it's God's will, it will happen." I didn't say anything.  And honestly, I've been wrestling with that statement a bit ever since. What does that really mean: "If it's God's will, it will happen"?  And, well... is it necessarily true? Perhaps the question behind the question is, "What is God's will?"  Like, what do the words "God's will" even mean?  Does God have a perfect will for my life that means I have to attend a specific institute of higher learning, and if I get my degree from someplace else, then... I'm totally outside of God's will? Also, does God get what He wants?  I read that question somewhere, with the implication that, YES, God does get wh