Tag: Matthew

Herding Sheep and Goats Without a Shepherd

Herding Sheep and Goats Without a Shepherd

Essay, Religion, spiritual practice, Spirituality
Skepticism is the chastity of the intellect, and it is shameful to surrender it too soon or to the first comer: there is nobility in preserving it coolly and proudly through long youth, until at last, in the ripeness of instinct and discretion, it can be safely exchanged for fidelity and happiness. -- George Santayana Conventional wisdom resists considering the possibility of situating an atheistic / secular humanist worldview within the Bible. But in some important biblical texts – like the book of Job, though that is a subject for a separate post – secular humanism / atheism and biblical morality do meet and embrace. In fact, not only do these two seemingly contradictory perspectives sometimes support each other, at times they do so at the expense of an explicitly religious and “God-c

Where You Go (an Advent Reflection)

Advent, spiritual practice, Spirituality
15 So she said, “See, your sister-in-law has gone back to her people and to her gods; return after your sister-in-law.” 16 But Ruth said, “Do not press me to leave you or to turn back from following you! Where you go, I will go; where you lodge, I will lodge; your people shall be my people, and your God my God. 17 Where you die, I will die— there will I be buried. May the Lord do thus and so to me, and more as well, if even death parts me from you!” 18 When Naomi saw that she was determined to go with her, she said no more to her. ... Post 16 in the Crystallize Meaning through Creativity: An Advent Event Scripture: Ruth 1:15b-18 Please offer a link to your Advent Reflection using the comments or feel free to leave your thoughts. About Deborah Globus Deborah Globus is non-denominati
Known by It’s Fruit (an Advent Reflection)

Known by It’s Fruit (an Advent Reflection)

Advent, spiritual practice, Spirituality
33 “Either make the tree good, and its fruit good; or make the tree bad, and its fruit bad; for the tree is known by its fruit. 34 You brood of vipers! How can you speak good things, when you are evil? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.35 The good person brings good things out of a good treasure, and the evil person brings evil things out of an evil treasure. 36 I tell you, on the day of judgment you will have to give an account for every careless word you utter; 37 for by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.” ... Post 15 in the Crystallize Meaning through Creativity: An Advent Event Scripture: Matthew 12:33-37 Please offer a link to your Advent Reflection using the comments or feel free to leave your thoughts. About Jennifer