When Neurochemistry Meets Religion

Many people are hesitant about trying to combine science with religion. These are two areas that have long been defined with strict boundaries and very little overlap. However, as scientific discoveries and advances continue to expand the boundaries of knowledge, Christians must adapt to understand and interact with their findings. Often, the fear of science […]

Sleepy Dreams and Eccentric Reality

The theme this year for chapel and our University Ministries organization is “eccentric.” Pastor Judy spoke both last Sunday at collegelife and Wednesday in chapel to introduce this theme to us as students.

photo from http://www.geekologie.com – sunrise over the pacific ocean
But I need to stop before I get ahead of myself, because the truth is that my brain is not really flowing well at the moment. I honestly don’t feel like doing much but going back to sleep, which is partially why I didn’t get around to posting consistently this week. Some people struggle with temptations like lust, selfishness, greed, or gluttony. Although I am not immune to those things, my current trap lies in complacency. This is my third year at the same school, there isn’t a lot going on for me this semester, and all I want to do spiritually is nap. Why not right? I’ve worked hard the last few years, gotten through many challenges, and encountered God in all new ways. So I would be fine to rest for awhile where I am right?

Call Me CRAZY

I’ve been listening to this classic a lot lately – Gnarls Barkley’s “Crazy.” Although it brings up nostalgic memories of high school for me, that’s not why I brought it back out of the closet. Nope this time its because I want to remind myself to live a little crazy.

Does that make me crazy?

Possibly.

Has anyone every called you crazy because of something you were doing for God?

Of all the things I have done in my life, there have only been a few where I was 100% confident it was a God thing, and that’s because for everyone one of them someone told me I was crazy.

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Not of this World… but What Would Jesus Do?

“I have given them your word and the world has hated them, for they are not of the world any more than I am of the world. My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one.” – John 17:14-15

I read this verse the other day as part of a daily exercise I am trying, but it made me think a lot about what this means for our relationship to the world and the culture around us.

This verse, and other similar ones, have certainly left a trail of misunderstanding in some places where some Christians decided that they can simply disengage from the rest of the world because they are not of this world. This also leads some Christians to adopt a nose-in-the-air attitude as they consider themselves above this world and superior to it. On the other hand, it has also led many to understand their responsibility to engage in this world as representatives of the kingdom of heaven.

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Define “Christian”

When I imagine someone saying the words above, I hear it in a very specific way. Someone has asked -“Are you a Christian?”

The response is a hesitation, an exhale of consideration that weighs everything a yes or no carries with it. The air hangs with a tension thicker than the smog in LA, one that makes your lungs hurt to breathe in because of fear. Fear spreads that smog through your brain, making the decision hard – what do I say?