Christianity

Promises, Promises

I feel uncomfortable when it comes to making promises. Saying something like “I can absolutely do that for you.” or “I’ll send that to you ASAP” makes me wary. Why? Because I know myself. I’m not completely trustworthy, especially when it comes to getting things done. I don’t want to Read more…

Jesus

Revisiting old beliefs

[caption id="attachment_217" align="alignright" width="160" caption="Photo by shaycam"]Photo by shaycam[/caption] I've been moving house for the past few weeks, and part of that enormously intensive project is dealing with my collection of books. As many of you must also feel, I am emotionally connected to my books because I have memories, experiences, and much of my past life wrapped up in their pages. One of these volumes from my past is the only devotional I truly enjoyed as a Christian: My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers (1874-1917). I wasn't one for fill-in-the-blank Bible studies with banal questions and cookie-cutter insights. Chambers seemed challenging to me at the time because he wasn't part of the current generation; his thoughts (though nebulous at times and without organization) weren't bogged down by current culture and the trends of the most modern Christian movements. So, in a nostalgic tribute to this former chaplain and my former life, I'd like to quote two passages I used to agree with and now critique. (more…)