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Are You Suffering From S.A.D.?

No, I’m not talking about general sadness. Nor am I talking about Seasonal Affective Disorder (although it sure has been a booger of a winter this year, so I feel for you if that is the case).

I’m talking about Singles’ Awareness Day, more commonly known as “Valentine’s Day”–although it is perhaps just barely more commonly known as such. I feel like I have heard the former title increasingly touted in recent years by smart, trendy, single young adults as a tongue-in-cheek way to bemoan their mate-less state on the day that’s all about romance.

I’m thinking this might not be such a helpful idea. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on February 14, 2011 in My Two Cents

 

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Not to Be Pitied

I was thinking about the Cross the other day, and the incredible severity of what Jesus went through. Of course, there is the physical pain that He endured — the scourging, the blows with a rod, and the slow, agonizing death of crucifixion. There is the interpersonal aspect, from being betrayed to being abandoned and denied. To top it all off, there is the spiritual trauma, both of bearing the world’s sins and of the terrifying interruption of the divine fellowship of the Trinity. No one in the history of creation has endured the kind of suffering that Jesus did.

When we see this — really see it — it is jarring. It can and should deeply impact our emotions. But there is one response it should not elicit in us: pity. Read the rest of this entry »

 

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Friendships, Airships, Internships

(Okay, so technically “airship” is a blimp, not a plane, but I was on a roll with the “-ships” and couldn’t help myself.)

A couple of weeks ago, I had to say goodbye to a very dear friend of mine. I am not a big fan of change in general. I am an especially not-big-fan of change when it means shipping my friend and roommate of almost five years to the other side of the planet — literally — with no clear idea of when I get to see her again.

Of course, this was a day we had anticipated for a long time. International migration is not exactly something that happens on the spur of the moment. For years, it was that unpleasant necessity that loomed on the horizon — an unpleasant necessity I preferred to mostly not think about. However, in the last months, when the countdown to my friend’s departure was much more urgent, I found myself thinking about it a lot. I only had close access to this person for a short time. How could I maximize the time and connection we had together before it was time to say goodbye? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 30, 2010 in Heart Stuff, Intimacy with God

 

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“Leave Her Alone”

“I charge you, O daughters of Jerusalem, by the gazelles or by the does of the field, do not stir up nor awaken love until [she] pleases.” (Song of Solomon 2:7)

My worship team is currently studying through the Song of Solomon together. I was reading through it the other day when this verse struck me. (Note to anyone who happened to stumble across this blog: I am studying Song of Solomon through the classical allegorical interpretation. If you disagree with that, you probably won’t like this post. Fair warning.) 🙂

It’s important to see the context of this verse in order to get a fuller grasp of what it means. And no, I don’t think it is primarily about being a flagship quote for the True Love Waits movement, as much as I appreciate true love waiting. ANYWAY. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on January 26, 2010 in Bible, Intimacy with God, Song of Solomon

 

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Consider Him Who Endured

…let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider Him who endured such hostility from sinners against Himself, lest you become weary and discouraged in your souls. (Hebrews 12:1-3, emphasis added)

“Consider Him… lest you become weary and discouraged in your souls.” I love this verse. Perhaps it isn’t terrifically obvious at first glance how this works. After all, I don’t think anyone walked out of a showing of The Passion of the Christ pumping their fists, ready to take on the world. At least for me, thinking about blood, torture, and humiliation doesn’t generally fire me up for action. So how does considering Jesus’ endurance of suffering give our hearts strength?

There are lots of  potential answers to that question. In fact, there are lots of right answers to that question. But one in particular has been striking my heart lately — and here’s a hint: It’s not about inducing a guilt trip. Read the rest of this entry »

 

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Studies show that people who believe stereotypes are all…

…are all over the place. Several of them will read this post. One of them wrote it.

Okay, so no study has shown that, per se. But I’m trying (rather lamely) to make a point here. Because if I didn’t write that title myself, I would probably click through it expecting to see a real study that had unearthed real motives that drive all people who believe stereotypes. This tells me that I am one of those people. And my opinion is that we buy into stereotypes because they–like so many other things in our society–are quick, convenient, and comfortable.

Allow me to explain what started me thinking about this. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on September 8, 2009 in Heart Stuff, My Two Cents

 

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Not Making Peace with Oppression

A while ago, Stuart Greaves addressed the NightWatch concerning praying for healing. It was in February, which is historically a time when a lot of us tend to get sick. Not only is February the beginning of flu season, it comes right after our most taxing, demanding, sleep-depriving conference of the year. Additionally, because it’s towards the end of winter, it means we haven’t seen much sun for quite a long time. All things considered, it makes sense that we would be a bit more susceptible to the seasonal bug.

However, Stuart reminded us that sickness is not something God is okay with (case in point, it won’t exist in the New Jerusalem). Part of the reason He crushed His Son was for our healing (Isa 53:5). It’s good that our faith is not devastated when we get sick, but it’s not good that we passively roll over and accept sickness just becuase it’s normal to our fallen existence and we’ll get over it in a few weeks anyway. We should resist it and pray to remove it from us.

I’ve been increasingly convinced lately that the same thing applies to emotional distress and oppression. Read the rest of this entry »

 
 

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