Predestination is... comforting?! A lesson from camp.
This week's parsha (weekly Torah portion) is Acharei Mot, Leviticus 16-18. In it, we find rules pertaining to killing and eating animals. The main one that I want to focus on is that you must drain the blood from the meat, for the soul (nefesh in Hebrew) is in the blood. I read the parsha and … Continue reading The Sanctity of Even Animal Life
As I approach the end (don't remind me! I'm loving this season of my life!) of the second-to-last semester of high school, I am very aware of the opportunities and privileges I've been given. I am dual-enrolled in a Stats class at our local state college. I finally made it to Advanced Band as a … Continue reading What An Opportunity!
The doctrine that we are created in the image of God gives a solid foundation for human freedom and moral significance. We do not have to resort to an irrational upper-story leap [from "fact- based science" to "value-based morality/ethics"]. Given the starting point of a personal God, our own personhood is completely explicable...The Christian worldview … Continue reading The Christian Foundation for the Highest Human Ideals
Have you ever texted God? You know, when you send up a quick prayer in the middle of something else, like you'd text a friend. "Hey, God, I can't find my keys and we have to leave in 5 minutes. Please give me clarity!!" "God, You are so good!! Thank you!!" "How do I reach … Continue reading Are You Texting God?
It's a privilege, Lord To talk to You in prayer You bend your ear And listen there My filthy soul You see as clean All because of Christ in me I know this is the third poem in a row, so if you don't like poetry, sorry, haha. If you do like poetry, then here's … Continue reading The Privilege of Prayer
With quiet dignity Standing as a refuge For those who flock to you. You are shelter, Security, A place for us to Grow. Rooted in reality and Reaching to the sky, You remind me that An acorn has to Die Before it can Thrive. Hey, guys! It's been a busy summer at Camp Gilead, so … Continue reading Trees