Concluding Pastoral Redemptions…For Now!

Writing this Pastoral Redemption series has been difficult. When I started, I had over 30 stories that I intended to publish. Despite this goal, I believe that some stories are not meant to be shared…For now. In previous times, I did not feel this noble. No, for years I was bitter about many of my church experiences. I did not see God working through them, so I just wanted to play the victim, and felt that when I trash these churches, I am justified. By God’s grace, He never let me write those stories while I was still bitter. Rather, it is only now that I have been able to write any story with two goals in mind:

  1. Write only stories that are humorous
  2. Write only stories that reflect an element of hope and redemption. Remember “God redeems.”

As a result of these goals, some stories I will not share now. Either they are not amusing enough, or they do not display any redemptive qualities…yet. Continue reading “Concluding Pastoral Redemptions…For Now!”

Art Is Spiritual Development

“Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.”

No matter our beliefs as Christians it can be tough at times to maintain a Christian mindset. Be it entertainment, sports, politics, or more; our society has plenty of distractions to take our minds off of Christ. As a result, these interruptions can keep us from loving God, loving others, and from fulfilling the Great Commission. There is, however, a solution.

The answer rests in our creativity, and there are many ways we can be creative. Traditionally, creativity is based in one of the arts: painting, music, theater and other applications are some examples. However, creativity is represented by other things too. No matter the activity, it’s important to discover the art we enjoy best and seek to grow as artists. The better our art, the more we’ll enjoy it, and we might find how our art both glorifies God and spiritually transforms us. Continue reading “Art Is Spiritual Development”