Christian Musings on Doubt on a Quiet Saturday Morning

While I watched the sun come up over the trees today I started my Saturday with a cup of coffee and the newspaper, i.e. a read through Facebook and Twitter. This is something I haven't done much lately for various reasons, but today I came across this article from @BuzzFeed via @jessmisener who wrote about…

My Late Top 10 Look Ahead for 2013

I purposely tried to take a break with my blog over Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's, but now I'm also having a hard time getting back in the groove of writing again. Habits are like that, you get into a routine, then drop it for a time and boom, it's gone. I sat at my…

Written on the Walls Behind Bars, Part 3

This is Part 3 of 3 in the "Written on the Walls Behind Bars" posts (see Part 1 and Part 2 to see the progression). The transition to the bars and then with "Love" written on the face of the father is pretty incredible to me. These shots were part of a larger shoot that…

How Deep The Father’s Love For Us

We used this modern day hymn in our service this past Sunday and the lyrics were just incredible to me... the line "I hear my mocking voice call out among the scoffers" really puts an emphasis on God's love for us. I know the song is about 10 years old at this point but still…

Hand Made Smocked Clothes and Gowns for Preemie or Premature Babies

This is slightly off-topic for my blog (hence my need and reason for having a Sidenotes Category), but well worth some publicity to lovingly brag on my wife, Deborah. In case you didn't know, Deborah is about the best seamstress I know (just check out her blog or her custom made items on the Etsy store), and…

What’s Saint Valentine’s Day Minus Commercialization?

So it's Valentine's Day again, and while I would like to say I go all out on Valentine's Day, I usually do not.  Not only that, but I am also not a gift buyer for this day, and much of it specifically has to do with how commercialized every single possible holiday day has become.…

Theology the Poem by Paul Laurence Dunbar

This is a followup post to The Pop-Culture Glenn Beck Theology article I published earlier in the week. I came across this poem earlier in the week by Paul Laurence Dunbar called "Theology", and it struck me on multiple levels; it was hilarious and sad. Paul Laurence Dunbar published his first book of poetry in…

Jesus, I need Your Love, Hawkmoon

Do we recognize how much we need God's love in our life, or put a different way, how much do we desire that love that only God can fulfill? Our lives are so busy, we tend to just push away this desire or we may not even think about it at all. But even when…

Jesus, I need Your Love, Hawkmoon

Do we recognize how much we need God's love in our life, or put a different way, how much do we desire that love that only God can fulfill? Our lives are so busy, we tend to just push away this desire or we may not even think about it at all. But even when…

The Religious Affections by Jonathan Edwards

I finally got back into the reading swing a few months ago and first on my list was a book that had been on my list for a long time, The Religious Affections by Jonathan Edwards.  This book, even after having finished a complete reading, is so monumental that it would require several more readings,…