When I told people I was going to major in communication in college, they looked at me like I was a fool.
“I thought you were smart,” said one uncle. “Why don’t you study to be a doctor?”
“You won’t find a stable job,” said another uncle. “You need to go into the medical field, and you’ll always find work.”
He later changed his mind and apologized.
My friends and I say our parents’ generation was about survival and stability. Work hard and put food on the table. They did very well for themselves out of faith and perseverance.
We’re starting our lives with huge advantages — access to people and information, familiarity and integration with the culture, access to money and education. Opportunities are everywhere.
Cloniness is the poison.
I hope this is not what we are. Someone tell me it's OK to have a personality, be aggressive and take life by the horns?
“Part of the problem in contemporary Christianity, I believe, is that talk about freedom of the Spirit, about the grace which sweeps us off our feet and heals and transforms our lives, has been taken over surreptitiously by a kind of low-grade romanticism, colluding with an anti-intellectual streak in our culture, generating the assumption that the more spiritual you are, the less you need to think.”
Read more in Glenn Packiam’s Why Thinking is a Vital Part of Christian Growth.
For the past few years, I’ve found myself less interested in the praise and worship songs portion of church and pining for a deeper understanding of scriptures and their greater context.
What are the questions I need to ask that I haven’t been asking?
What spiritual myths have I been accepting just because I’ve heard them enough times? I recently heard that the Bible doesn’t state a requirement to be baptized before taking Holy Communion. Something I need to study for myself.
I had a friend who enjoyed the Presbyterian church because it was cerebral and not overly dependent on emotion.
Glenn Packiam says we should let Truth define Experience instead of letting Experience define Truth.
What can our churches do to be places that offer that type of truth? To be a place where it’s OK to think?
What can we do to be members that encourage truth-discovering?
What happened in your life that led you to find truth? Did it happen in a church or elsewhere?