I had a couple of grumpy days last week and was reminded how easy it is to be a prickly pear when I’m not in a cheerful mood. On those days it’s easy to blame my poor behavior/attitude on particulars. For example: It’s because I’m feeling ill, or because I’m bogged down with mundane chores; worn out from childcare; sad and depressed; or disappointed with this and that. I then follow up those rationalities with this: If I wasn’t feeling this way, I’d be kinder, more loving, gentle, patient, forgiving, or playful.
But thanks to C.S. Lewis, I’ve learned (reluctantly) to be more objective. A person could go their whole life thinking they were patient and kind only because their unique circumstances spared them from ever being tested. They thinks they’re kind, of their own virtue, only because they’ve never been provoked.
Here is what C.S. Lewis says in, Mere Christianity:
Continue reading When we ignore the rats in our cellars
The heavens are yours, and yours also the earth; you founded the world and all that is in it. (Psalm 89:11)
My last post, The White Witch, was about how the winter and summer solstices represent moving away from the sun (the Son) causing cold, death, and decay; and moving closer to the sun resulting in new life and rebirth. I’ve decided to make a series of it since I see the Gospel in many other aspects of nature as well.
Recently, I watched the BBC miniseries, Nature’s Great Events, and one episode in particular stood out to me: The Great Migration.
It occurred to me suddenly, like a rush of wind, that animals, birds and fish do every single year what each Christian does in a lifetime.
Continue reading The Great Migration – how animals, birds and fish do every single year what each Christian does in a lifetime
Recently the well-known, Bill Nye the Science Guy, posted a Youtube video entitled, “Bill Nye: Why Creationism is Inappropriate for Children.” It has received 4.6 million views and counting. The jist of the video is that Creationists make for incompetent scientists and that we do our children a grave disservice by teaching them Intelligent Design.
Continue reading The Egg-Bird-Egg Sequence and Bill Nye the Science Guy
There is a massive beef recall going on right now across Canada.
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has recalled 135 packaged ground beef products from grocery stores, restaurants, hotels, hospitals, and other institutions. The reason? E. coli. Such a contamination is an ongoing risk with the disease-ridden conditions of factory farms, along with other well-known offenders such as Listeria and Salmonella. In 2008 there was also a widespread outbreak of listeriosis linked to cold cuts from a Maple Leaf Foods plant in Toronto, Ontario.
So, here is my question: Health concerns aside, should Christians, who would never dream of abusing their pets, purchase meat products from factory farms that are notorious for the horrific maltreatment of animals?
Continue reading Does God Care About Factory Farms?
I know it sounds silly, but it’s true: My cat taught me the true meaning of grace. He also taught me how to love unconditionally, and how to forgive seventy-times seven.
Here’s what happened:
Continue reading How My Cat Taught Me Grace