All in Life

Impeded Streams

All this lying awake at night not knowing what to do about anything in my life has revealed the real work. It’s not that I need to be more diligent or work harder or do better — and, yes, I should be doing all of those things — it’s that I’ve got this pride that I didn’t realize was there.

Calvin on Good to All Men in Galatians 6:10

"We must endeavor to do good to all men, yea even to such as are unworthy, even though they were our deadly enemies. Truly this is hard, and contrary to our inclination: but yet therein God trieth us so much the better. For if we do good to such as deserve it, or to such as are able to recompense it: it is no declaration or proof that we be willing to serve God" - John Calvin

Barth's Christmas: Prayer not Anxiety

Christians are not permitted to sit on their hands or twiddle their thumbs. There is a positive action that the Christian can take. This is where Barth's reoccurring but never entirely dominate view on prayer sneaks into view. Prayer remains an action for the Christian to communicate dependence upon God—it is an anti-anxiety action.

Keeping Advent

While keeping Christmas and Advent as separate, although closely linked, seasons has been quite the challenge, we are embracing the path and reaping benefits already!

I Heard The Bells

Though I have heard excellent renditions and reworkings of it, the original melody is nowhere near as solemn and hopeful as it should be—especially after contemplation of its words.