When I was in Grade 8, a few friends and I were sitting in computer class at school while our instructor left the room to check something at the office for a while. As adolescent boredom got the better of us, we began to throw pens at the ceiling fan to watch them get launched … Continue reading What Is The Meaning of Penance?
"For the love of money is the root of all evils; it is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced their hearts with many pangs." - 1 Timothy 6:10 RSV I have very fond memories of wandering down the aisles of Christian bookstores. When I was in high school … Continue reading Christian Bookstores Sell Indulgences
"In those days there was no king in Israel; every man did what was right in his own eyes." - Judges 21:25 RSV As a teenager who had been raised Catholic, one of the things that first drew me to Evangelicalism was how laid back it seemed - especially with the contemporary worship music as … Continue reading What is Worship?
"I do not pray for these only, but also for those who believe in me through their world, that they may all be one; even as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that thou hast sent me." - John … Continue reading One True Church?
Breaking through social barriers is always a challenge, especially when attempting to join new groups. With every community there are always the regular cliques, and sometimes it can feel like there is no way to be fully part of the group unless you look, act, dress, think or believe a certain way. Or sometimes groups can … Continue reading Church-Hopping Sucks
I love music. I've collected CD's since I was 13. I am well into my 30's and before I started selling them I probably had over 600 albums in my own library, including all my favorite artists ranging from Alice In Chains to ZZ Top. Like most people I know, hearing an old favorite song … Continue reading What Is Idol-Worship?
I was a guitarist for several worship bands at a conservative Evangelical congregation in the past. My frustrations with band mates who were either very cliquey or seemingly half-hearted in their involvement provoked me to try and create my own spin on the songs. Oftentimes I would add some light distortion or come up with some kind of melodic lead riff to create a different … Continue reading Is Contemporary Worship Killing The Church?