Tag Archives: spirituality

From Amish To A Life Of Sin

25 Sep

I just watched a TV show called: “Breaking Amish.” It’s about these Amish teens who want to leave their way of life and venture into the world. They have gotten bored with the straight and narrow path. Just minutes into the program, two young Amish males started referring to women as “chicks” and “schanks.” Continue reading

What The (*Bleep) Is Nouthetic Counseling?

27 Aug

In a previous post I wrote about a therapy session my wife had with a guy who also happens to be a Christian, but isn’t allowed to do any Christian counseling because he works for a state agency. My wife was looking for spiritual guidance and does not want to leave God out of her healing. A reader shared with me a method of Christian counseling called: nouthetic. I had never heard the term before and did a little research. Although I myself had received christian counseling years ago, it wasn’t nouthetic in nature. The reader mentioned that the focus is on sin and confrontation. Initially I had a negative reaction when I read that. After all, we all feel guilty enough, don’t we? Continue reading

Please Don’t Call God: “Dude”

25 Aug

I believe in God. Wholeheartedly, completely, without a doubt. I do not believe in a “dude in the sky” or “the old man upstairs” as John Wayne once put it. It’s interesting that my wife’s therapist, who happens to be a Christian, has 10 pictures of Mr. Wayne on his wall and only one picture of Jesus. I guess he fears he could get fired if his office looks like a church, or even the office of a Christian man. Continue reading

Leaving God At Home

23 Aug

Yesterday I had an argument with my wife’s therapist. I shouldn’t have done that because I am a Christian and I did apologize. But he’s a Christian too and that’s the point. He works for a secular agency and hides behind the excuse of separation of church and state. The state won’t allow him to talk about Jesus or share the Bible. Did this ever stopped Paul, James or John? Continue reading

My Jehovah’s Witness Date

7 Aug

I once dated a Jehovah’s Witness. It was serious and lasted a whole year. Not a wise thing to do. But I was young and stupid. And madly in love.My Christian friends thought I was crazy. That it was just a passing infatuation. Looking back now, my deepest regret is that it never occurred to me to keep witnessing to her. I tried once to talk to her about Jesus and salvation and brought out the Holy Bible. I quoted certain passages and it was like speaking a foreign language.  It left me frustrated and hot till my face went red. Continue reading

Don’t Eat Blood

6 Aug

I recently watched a documentary on TV about a man who had large tumors growing all over his face. They were soft, bulbous bumps that completely covered his lips, nose and one eye. He had been like this since a child and over the years more tumors grew to the point that he was nearly blind and no one knew what he looked like. He drew stares and horrific ridicule wherever he went. Continue reading

Does God Smile Upon Rain Dances?

23 Jul

Have you ever wondered how God must feel about the different world religions? I’m not just referring to Hinduism or Buddhism, although I did ponder a bit at all the religious icons and decorations when I was in a Chinese restaurant the other day. How about the “religion” of the natives in remote countries who believe certain animals or foods are sacred and have miraculous properties? Who paint their faces, cut their bodies, act like warriors and perform bloody rituals to appease the gods? Who believe that man can return after he dies, even as an insect? Continue reading