Merry Christmas…. I never imagined I’d get to a time when people consider the phrase divisive, controversial, offensive. How strange. For all the good it’s done through the centuries, (and it has) I also realize religion has been twisted. Weaponized. As someone whose life was transformed by faith in Jesus and who has been […]Read More Merry Christmas 2018
This ‘Sin’ issue, I mean. This article below prompted a long-standing theological issue to surface yet again. https://www.dailywire.com/news/39037/listen-popular-christian-singer-lauren-daigle-not-amanda-prestigiacomo?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_content=062316-news&utm_campaign=benshapiro Basically a nice young Christian music celebrity can’t say for certain if a practice – homosexuality in this case – is a ‘sin’ on a TV talk show. Not real news, right? There’s been a lot of […]Read More Let’s get our head on straight about this
Plenty is happening on the writing front but I want to post something on a serious note. In the wake of the Pittsburgh shooting, my wife and I attended an interfaith service at the Cape Cod Synagogue last night. Not the sort of thing I would have done earlier in my faith and religious walk. […]Read More Whence Cometh Evil?
When churched people learn I’m a stained glass artisan who also writes fiction, after they recover from the initial surprise, they often spin my vocation as some form of ministry. (After all, it’s artistic, not practical. Not ‘real’ work, eh) So my windows must be for churches and my stories about Jesus or theology. Or […]Read More Thoughts on ‘art’ as ‘ministry’
LET THE STABLE STILL ASTONISH Let the stable still astonish: Straw-dirt floor, dull eyes, Dusty flanks of donkeys, oxen; Crumbling, crooked walls; No bed to carry that pain, And then, the child– Rag-wrapped, laid to cry In a trough. Who would have chosen this? Who would have said, “Yes, let the God of Heaven […]Read More Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
“So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.” – Psalm 90:12 Lately, I go over this list whenever I turn on my computer. *** You’re going to die and you have no idea when. Stop pretending that you’re invincible. Acknowledge the fact of your own mortality, […]Read More Twenty Things
Thoughts on Faith and Disability A long-ish article that’s part testimony, part experiences as a Christian with a disability. I made it a separate page. There’s a drop down tab in the Header under About HSSJ or you can click on this link. Feel free to comment. I’ll get back to cyber-enhanced soldiers and half-breed orcs […]Read More In Between