Is something good because God says so? Or does God say something good because it is? This is a common question asked by all sorts of people. I have had discussions about it on campus with students and driving in the car with friends. If you say the second one is true then you are … Continue reading A Typical Question about “Good” (Listening to the Saints – Aquinas)
Why do people leave the Christian faith? The answer often given is that there is some fault in the Christian community: Christians are judgmental. Christians are old-fashioned. Christians are not nice. Christians are anti-everything Certainly it is true that many people become disillusioned with faith because of bad experiences with Christians. But not everybody. … Continue reading The Mind Matters (or, not everyone leaves Christianity because Christians are jerks)
This is my third post on Teresa of Avila’s spiritual classic, The Interior Castle. Read part one and part two. Teresa of Avila's writing is enriching to my soul. She has gone down in history as one of the most influential of Christian mystics, but she exhibited great humility in her work, saying, "If you find … Continue reading Listening to the Saints – Teresa of Avila: The Interior Castle (part 3)
This was the first time I would have to go away for a while since we had Junia. For that reason alone, I was not looking forward to the trip. The students were excited. But after nine of these trips I approach it as part of my job rather than something to be excited about. … Continue reading Further Reflections on a week in Joplin
This post is the first of two or three reflecting on Christian Student Fellowship's Spring Break trip to Joplin, Missouri. We drove past Joplin High School numerous times during our week there working with IDES. They told us that after the tornado hit, destroying thousands of homes and killing nearly 200 people, the only letters … Continue reading Hope in Joplin: CSF Spring Break 2012
Some people fear and lament an end to real, physical, paper books due to the growth of electronic readers. I have had conversations with these people. You probably have too. Perhaps you are one of them. I have to admit, there are times when I notice a book in a bookstore that I read on … Continue reading Don’t Have An E-Reader? Get One!