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Christianity and Capitalism
There’s a wonderful graphical essay on Christianity and capitalism posted to The Nib, which you can read HERE.
yet not, but not
We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed;” ~2 Corinthians 4:8-9 I don’t know man. I’m feeling sort of distressed, despairing, forsaken, and destroyed. But I guess that’s something to aspire to.
Adapted from Battlefield of the Mind by Joyce Meyer, ©2002: Hate is an extremely strong and harsh word. Any discussion among believers about hating other Christians would lead most of them to say, “I don’t believe I have ever hated anyone.” If we think about these words of John, however, perhaps he didn’t mean hate as …
From Galatians 6:1-2: Brethren, even if anyone is caught in any trespass, you who are spiritual, restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness; each one looking to yourself, so that you too will not be tempted. Bear one another’s burdens, and thereby fulfill the law of Christ. From The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran: …
Language has changed a lot since 1611. The King James version of the bible is my favorite because of its poetry and grandeur, but it’s important to know that what was translated as “charity” 410 years ago would be translated as “love” today. 1 Corinthians 13: Though I speak with the tongues of men and …
That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.” ~Ephesians 4: 22-24 Which is a fancy of way …
“There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” ~Galatians 3:28
That Ye Love
“A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.” ~John 13:34
“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable– if anything is excellent or praiseworthy– think about such things.” ~Philippians 4:8
I was a stranger, and
Matthew 25: 34-46: Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and …
“Someone who has acted carelessly, but later becomes careful and attentive, is as beautiful as the bright moon emerging from the clouds.” ~Nāgārjuna • “How think ye? If a man have an hundred sheep, and one of them be gone astray, doth he not leave the ninety and nine, and goeth into the mountains, and …
Little or a Lot
Excerpted from What Makes You Not a Buddhist, ©2008, by Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche: One day a monk noticed a tear in Gautama Buddha’s robe and offered to stitch it, but Buddha refused his offer. He kept walking and begging alms in his torn robe. When he headed toward the hideout of a destitute woman, the …
“Acquire a peaceful spirit, and around you thousands will be saved.” ~Saint Seraphim of Sarov
The Lord’s Prayer
The translation is based upon research by Dr. Neil Douglas-Klotz, an expert in the Aramaic Christian, Jewish mystical and Sufi traditions. He translated the prayer as if it came directly from the Aramaic (via): O Breathing Life, your Name shines everywhere! Release a space to plant your Presence here. Envision your “I Can” now. Embody …
All the believers were one in heart and mind. No one claimed that any of their possessions was their own, but they shared everything they had. With great power the apostles continued to testify to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And God’s grace was so powerfully at work in them all that there were …
But I’m never alone…
Full lyrics HERE. It’s easy to forget how expressive Alice Cooper could be on the slow songs. The makeup and goofy anthems like School’s Out came to define him, and he is so much more than that. I’m sure the song above is largely autobiographical, whether or not he realized it at the time. If …
“Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.” Hebrews 13:2
Goes right on in his kindness
“We must take time, take pains, have a plan, form spiritual habits, if we are to keep our souls alive; and now is the time to begin. A man to whom religion is a reality, and who knows what is meant by ‘the practice of salvation,’ keeps his balance, because the living center of his …
This carving was created by Gislebertus between 1125 and 1135, and shows an angel awakening the Three Wise Men, impelling them to follow the star. You can read a little more about it HERE. I just like the way the three kings sleep with their crowns on, all spooned together.
The pun is almost incidental. This makes me smile because everyone here seems so happy. 😀 Michael Leunig is on the web HERE.