Thursday, November 07, 2013

Others

"What we do to others we do to ourselves..."  - Inklings

Saturday, June 15, 2013

The Divine Conspiracy

Within his overarching dominion God has created us and has given each of us, like him, a range of will—beginning from our minds and bodies and extending outward, ultimately to a point not wholly predetermined but open to the measure of our faith. His intent is for us to learn to mesh our kingdom with the kingdoms of others. Love of neighbor, rightly understood, will make this happen. But we can only love adequately by taking as our primary aim the integration of our rule with God’s. That is why love of neighbor is the second, not the first, commandment and why we are told to seek first the kingdom, or rule, of God.

- Dallas Willard

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Confessions

"You are great, Lord, and highly to be praised (Ps 47:2): great is your power and your wisdom is immeasurable' (PS. 146:5). Man, a little piece of your creation, desires to praise you, a human being 'bearing his mortality with him' (2 Cor. 4:10), carrying with him the witness of his sin and the witness that you 'resist the proud' (1Pet 5:5).  Nevertheless, to praise you is the desire of man, a little piece of your creation.  You stir man to take pleasure in praising you, because you have made us for yourself, and our heart is restless until it rests in you." - Saint Augustine Confessions

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Life of Pi

“If you stumble at mere believability, what are you living for? Isn't love hard to believe?” ―Yann Martel, Life of Pi

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Freedom

A higher understanding of human freedom, however, is inseparable from a definition of human nature. To be free is to be able to flourish as the kind of being one is, and so to attain the ontological good toward which one's nature is oriented; freedom is the unhindered realization of a complex nature in its proper end (natural and supernatural), and this is consumate liberty and happiness. The will that chooses poorly, then - through ignorance, maleficence, or corrupt desire - has not thereby become freer, but has further enslaved itself to forces that prevent it from achieving its full expression.   And it is this richer understanding of human freedom that provides us some analogy to the freedom of God. For God is infinite actuality, the source and end of all being, the eternally good, for whom mere arbitrary "choice"-- as among possibilities that somehow exceed his "present" actuality-- would be a deficiency, a limitation placed upon his infinite power to be God. His freedom is the impossibility of any force, pathos, or potentiality interrupting the perfection of his nature or hindering him in the realization of his own illimitable goodness, in himself and in his creatures. To be "capable" of evil-- to be able to do evil or to be affected by an encounter with it-- would in fact be an incapacity in God; and to require evil to bring about his good ends would make him less than the God he is. The object of God's will is his own infinite goodness, and it is an object perfectly realized, and so he is free." (p.71-72, David Bently Hart "The Doors of the Sea")



 

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Land Of The Living



I have been completely engrossed by the new album Land of the Living by Matthew Perryman Jones, it is not only his melody and instrumentals that are excellent, but I have found myself being captivated by the lyrics of his songs.  Much of the album was written after the death of his father, and for what ever reason his words has been resonating with me in an incredible way.  A must have album in my opinion. Here is a taste of one of his songs:

I Won't Let You Down Again


So many ways
to find a lonely lover
they're the first ones to confess
stuck between and honest day
and the secrets in your chest
I swear you're dancing with
the fallen angels in the dark
Every step will get your heart beating faster
isn't that your favorite part



Oh, I won't let you down again
Oh, I won't let you down again


So many ways to get your heart broke, honey
pick what suits you best
Spend your whole life working on it
but you're such a lovely mess
I dare you to convince me
that your love's a work of art
I don't believe a single word you're saying
but this is coming from my heart


Oh, I won't let you down again
Oh, I won't let you down again


Oh, Lover got your home fires burning
beating up against the wall
I guess you thought you could never fall
never walk the long way home
You're still dancing with the bottle
trying to break your reckless ways
but you never stop
Every night you try to blame yourself
for someone that you're not


Oh, I won't let you down again
Oh, I won't let you down again



You can also watch and listen to it on YouTube: HERE


Tuesday, September 18, 2012

The Internet

The Internet has a natural bias toward exhibitionism and thus the erosion of real intimacy. There is nothing exclusive about it, yet it creates, paradoxically, a kind of illusion of intimacy with people we’ve never met in person. - Shane Hipps  Flickering Pixels: How Technology Shapes Your Faith