A few weeks ago I was talking with a close friend about a commitment he had made. He had agreed to something for a series of weeks, but was starting to grow tired of it. Some weeks he was sick, but others he wouldn’t do it because he didn’t feel like follow through. “I’m feeling disillusioned” he told me. He didn’t know why he had made the commitment and didn’t see value in continuing through it.
I have heard these sentiments more and more often from other friends about other commitments. Commitments, mind you, that not only affect themselves, but others as well. Continue reading
Life consists of a long series of moments, some feeling more real than others. Virginia Woolf divides these into moments of being and non-being. Moments of non-being occupy most of our lives. They happen when we live life automatically, without awareness, while moments of being consist of being highly aware. Virginia never defines what these moments are, but Nicole L. Urquhart provides a helpful distinction:
It is not the nature of the actions that separates moments of being from moments of non-being. One activity is not intrinsically more mundane or more extraordinary than the other. Instead, it is the intensity of feeling, one’s consciousness of the experience, that separates the two moments. A walk in the country can easily be hidden behind the cotton wool for one person, but for Woolf the experience is very vivid.
Last week a gunman killed 6 victims because he was a misogynist who didn’t get the attention from girls he wanted. I, like many others, will not mention his name in order to curb culture’s bent on celebritizing murderers, sometimes excusing their crimes. We say that they couldn’t help it, that it’s not their fault.
But it is.
A trending topic on twitter, #YesAllWomen, dares to defy the claims of the murderer and much of stigma around sexual harassment being the victims fault and the perpetrator the true victim. The #YesAllWomen trend aims to bring awareness to the fact that culture often denies the full person-hood of women, making them objects, much like this murderer. I want to spend a few moments cutting down some defenses those who have for the murderer or their own actions in harassing women. We need to take responsibility for our own actions. Continue reading
This weekend I have the privilege of attending the Biola Center for Christian Thought’s 3rd annual conference. This year’s theme is Psychology and Spiritual Formation. I’ll be posting blogs over the next few days and weeks about the ideas and lectures discussed at the conference.
A Place of “Place” in Spiritual Formation Presented by Douglas Hardy
A few years ago, Biola’s chapel theme was “Sacred Spaces” in which we learned about sacred spaces both in scripture and in our personal lives. I enjoyed the theme and thought there was something worth investigating beyond the normal chapel discussion. So when I saw this paper topic being discussed, I naturally gravitated towards it. Continue reading
I sit at a weird juncture between two seemingly opposite majors: Bible and Business. You would think that because of these two I would be an expert at business ethics. I should be an expert in integration knowledge, which must be in the realm of ethics. Where else could two cross?
Yet somehow, I’ve managed to finish my degree without taking an ethics specific course, neither in the core curriculum nor in an integration seminar. But I wouldn’t say that I’m deprived of ethics. They’ve been woven in throughout all my business classes (especially promotions). I’ve studied and discussed the issues of how advertising agencies should charge their clients (which is more difficult than you would think).
But is ethics the only area of true integration? It’s easy to say the Bible speaks against lying (think about false images in advertising or skewing numbers), greed, and how being rich makes it more difficult for someone to enter the kingdom of heaven (can anyone get in?). And while these are all true applications, they’re limited to ethics. We can read Aristotle and get the same results. Continue reading
In John 9 Jesus heals a man born blind. The man was not blind because of anything he or his parents had done, but that “the works of God might be displayed in him” (9:3). The man acted in faith and was able to see. God was made known. God’s glory was put on display as a result of one man’s blindness. Continue reading
Deliver Us From Our Biebers
Justin Bieber was arrested this past weekend for a DUI and resisting arrest. The pop star has been going over the edge the past few years, and I fear that this isn’t the bottom. What is surprising is the fans reaction. Even though Bieber was clearly guilty, they
argued tweeted for his innocence. Here’s a few tweets, thanks to E!:
He’s just drunk I mean why having him in handcuffs this is so stupid it’s only because this is “Justin Bieber” and they want him to fall
JUSTIN GOT ARRESTED!!! WHATS WRONG WITH THIS GOVERNMENT, ARRESTING BEAUTIFUL INNOCENT PEOPLE
Justin was arrested?? He didn’t do anything….
What frightens me is how these fans idolize Bieber. There is no question that he was under the influence, he even confessed it, but his fans are completely denying his guilt. I can see a person trying to get out of trouble when they’re caught. That’s just human nature trying to preserve itself. But when others are willing to bend the laws for someone who is clearly in the wrong, something is dangerously wrong.
Bieber has become a god. Continue reading