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Thoughts for Today: Deniers of Jesus & the Bible

I've been attending Bible Study Fellowship for a few years now, and this year we are studying the book of Romans. Apart from it being wonderful, there are so many things that come to my mind as I read and study it and also listen to and read other things about God, Israel, Atheism, the faith journey... just so many things.,As I study these things, I am more and more convinced that the Bible is true. Not just in my heart, but also historically and philosophically. People who refuse to listen to a Christian explain God to them, or who brush off the Bible as "an old book, written by men," don't take the time to truly consider the evidence we have for it's truth.Why not take the time to think about it? I guess they are fearful of what that would mean for their own lives. Because once you consider it and are changed, there is no going back to your old life. To me, that is a very scary position to be in. I am the kind of person who wants to know the truth about somethi…

Character Study

I mentioned finding out what the world needs in my last post. I've had a little more time to think through what that means and how I can quench this desire to fulfill the specific need I am thinking of.Without giving much away regarding what has been rolling around in my brain like a bowl full of marbles, one of the things I've been thinking about is character or the lack thereof in our society today. When I say character, what do I mean? The Google definition is "The mental and moral qualities distinctive to an individual." I understand this definition, but I think there is more to it than just the qualities each person has.I am doing a study (bit by bit) of Os Guinness' book, When No One Sees. I have just begun to read it, but the title alone makes one think about the concept as a whole. What do we do when we think no one is watching? How do we act? What do we say, think? Are we aware of a wrong we might be committing even though our minds tell us "No one …

The Quest

I have been thinking through a lot of questions lately.Sometimes sitting quietly and pondering over where your life has been and where it is going is a good thing to do. I have found it to be quite beneficial to my well-being. It can be difficult to find time in your day to make this exercise a habit, but if you can and when you do, you will see what I mean when I say it is good for you.The podcasts I've been listening to at work lately are mostly centered around how to live creatively, how to find your path in life, and where to begin doing these things. In the past it has been hard for me to pinpoint what I am supposed to do with myself, but events in recent years have really pushed me to consider the hard things in life and how I am going to navigate this road that is all my own.First of all, this blog has served as a sort of accountability partner in my quest. I am not the best at writing one or two posts a week, but knowing it is there and always available to use as a tool fo…

My Friend Jane

I am thinking of England. The gently sloping hills of Hampshire County. The stately home of the Knight family where Jane Austen spent many wonderful days reading in her nook upstairs and dressed in her finest gown to attend parties in the moonlight.I can see her arm in arm with her beloved sister Cassandra walking up the lane to the great house its windows lit with candlelight and the warm glow of the dancer’s faces as they hopped and stepped past each other in revelry.Is it odd to miss someone you’ve never met? My pilgrimage to her home fulfilled something in me that I wonder if it will ever be filled again. How can the Bronte parsonage compare? Or the Alcott’s Orchard House? They are equal in stature when it comes to the literary world, but Jane’s home is something special to me.Sometimes when I lie in bed at night, my mind again wanders through her cottage in Chawton. How small the doorframes were, how cozy and tightly knit the rooms where she lived and breathed. It is difficult to…

Life, Simply

I woke up this morning worried that I wouldn't be able to remember it all today.But remember all of what? That is the question.Spending time on social media and the internet can rob us of quality time spent with the humans who are right next to us, walking through life with us. We spend time reading articles and posts about a plethora of subjects which sometimes only confuse us further about the subject. I read a lot, and I'm sure that if I added up the time I spend reading Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, I would probably have read about a thousand books by now.When I think about it that way, it makes me feel terrible! So trying to remember facts, figures, and quotes we read on social media isn't as important as we think it is. We (I) waste too much time reading random things that don't pertain to my life.Here's a question for you: Why do I need to have an opinion on all of these issues? Am I a government official who gives weekly briefings on said subjects who …

Hannah More: Continued

Not five minutes ago, I finished reading Karen Swallow Prior’s biography of the 18th century writer and abolitionist, Hannah More.When I was young, I read biographies of famous historical figures but I don’t ever remember reading about her.World changers like More should be the prime examples for our young women to look up to. I know some would say that my thinking on this is old fashioned, out of date, and “Come on Amy, it’s all about movie stars and pop stars now,” but I just can’t help myself.What would happen if we did teach our young people about individuals like her?More started “Sunday Schools” for the poor living near her and these schools became very popular throughout England. The schools taught children (and sometimes their parents) how to read, recite the catechism, and other exercises in morality. Although More met with much skepticism from the rich upper classes who deemed the poor unworthy and wished them to remain in their place, the More sister’s endeavors to lift the…

Hannah More

An 18th century woman writer isn’t someone most typical women today find themselves desiring to emulate.But I am not what you might call today’s typical woman.The life of writer and abolitionist Hannah More is extraordinary. I haven’t quite finished Karen Swallow Prior’s biography on her life, but in the first few chapters, I find myself inexplicably drawn to a woman who couldn’t be farther from myself in many respects yet also closer than I thought possible.Hannah More was making connections during long excursions to the vibrant city of London when she was fifteen. She met and mingled with people much older than herself, made friends with those who might otherwise have remained acquaintances, and developed literary relationships with writers and intellectuals far beyond her own station. One such person was the great rhetorician and thinker, Edmund Burke.It is difficult for me to imagine walking into a room full of silk clad aristocrats and wealthy speakers and thinkers of the mid-170…