Change

I’ve been told “change is inevitable, so just be ready for it”. However, I’m visiting my hometown and have been told several times this week “you are just the same as I remember”, “you haven’t changed a bit”. I think it is supposed to be a compliment, but I’m starting to feel offended. I know that they can’t see all the changes within a 5 second encounter at the zoo or grocery store, but who are we kidding? We are all 20 years older, hopefully 20 years wiser and definitely carrying 20 years of experiences with us. Is change a negative thing in our society? The Bible promises change, encourages us to embrace change and challenges us to change. Are we fighting that change and missing out on the “transformation from glory to glory” that is associated with change in 2 Corinthians 3:18. Do I only embrace certain changes (added patience, wisdom gained from mistakes, etc) while fighting others (gray hair, redistributed figure, wrinkles)? Is that OK?

Moralistic Therapeutic Deism

I read an article on Moralistic Therapeutic Deism recently in World Magazine (a more complete article can be found here). It’s kind of making me wonder if we’re succeeding at passing our faith on to the next generation.

In brief, MTD has the following tenets. They start out pretty good, then quickly deteriorate: Continue reading “Moralistic Therapeutic Deism”