The World Together blog
Isaac S. Villegas
Reflections on 1 Kings 17:8-16
According to Psalm 46, because of God’s presence with us now and our knowledge of God’s presence with God’s people — Jacob and others — in the past, we do not need to be afraid.
The May 28 issue of the National Post carried an intriguing article concerning the mayor of Saguenay, Quebec. The Mayor has been ordered by the Quebec Human Rights Commission to stop reciting a prayer before council meetings and to remove the crucifix hanging in the council chambers. The complainant argued that the religious practices and symbols infringed on his rights as a non-believer.
I have always considered our society’s fascination with serial killers to be at best dangerous and at worst disgusting. What attracts people to serial killers is a complete mystery to me. Dexter is about a serial killer who kills serial killers. It’s a very dark, twisted, ugly and violent entertainment. And I am an addict. The instant a new season is released on DVD, it’s in my mailbox. Shortly thereafter, it’s in my DVD player, to be devoured as quickly as possible. (Usually within a week; it’s only 12 episodes.)
I am convinced that the universe is under the control of a loving purpose, and that in the struggle for righteousness man has cosmic companionship. — Martin Luther King, Jr.
I have several sons, five to be specific, and an activity that I share with them as often as we’re able is camping. Where most of us have lived a majority of their time on Earth, has rather cruddy camping. There’s a lake or two nearby, but the terrain, the weather, and the vistas really are, for the most part, lacking. So camping is as good as an excuse as any to visit other parts of the United States.
“I have a dream that … children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.” — Martin Luther King, Jr.
For most of my young and adult life, I’ve lived under the assumption that volunteering is next to godliness. That helping hands are always just that — helpful. That packing up and sleeping on a cot in the Domincan Republic for a week is true sacrifice. That my presence alone in a Third World country like Haiti or Guatemala or Mexico is enough to warrant a pat on the back, a tax-deductible check for $100, and a 30-person prayer chain.
I first realized I was different from the rest of my family when I was 4 years old. It was a hot summer’s day and I was running water to fill the bathtub. Not for myself though. Oh no, I was filling it up because it would serve as my baptistery. That hot day around 2 p.m., I fully immersed my favorite white teddy bear, Banilla, into the lukewarm water. A hymn of response and reception was to follow.
Anthony Bradley of The World magazine thinks that missional and radical forms of Christianity are to blame for an increase in young adult shame and guilt. He says in his post “The New Legalism.”