Copy-of-New-Jerusalem2When I’m there with You in heaven
What a wondrous joy will be
Gathered with the angel chorus
Standing by the glassy sea
Such a thought is hard to fathom
In the presence of my King
And with countless ones forgiven
Gathered round the throne to sing

Glory and honor, worthy is the Lamb
Glory and honor, worthy is the Lamb

When you think of heaven, what do you imagine? A place far away, up in the clouds? People wearing white robes as they sing and play harps? streets of gold? But what if I told you that this depiction of heaven, could possibly be wrong? Continue reading

To be a Christian Jedi

10703819_10204851238539940_9119766261710331167_n (1)If you know me, you know that I love Star Wars! But why? I mean, the movies are pretty cheesy, with plenty of plot-holes and clunky dialogues, “I don’t like sand. It’s coarse and rough and irritating and it gets everywhere” (Anakin Skywalker, Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones). Though these statements of why not to watch Star Wars are true, there are also the action scenes, the books, the video games, and most definitely– the lightsabers–these are what sell it for me. All of that, and because of one other reason that flows much deeper.

The top reason why I love Star Wars, is because how much I can apply being a Jedi, to being a Christian. Now true, it is no secret that the philosophy of the Force has been heavily shaped by Taoism, Zoroastrianism, as well as influenced by other eastern religions, such as Buddhism and Stoicism; however, there are still many aspects of Star Wars that can be loosely related to Christianity. Now, know that I do not uphold it as Scripture, nor am I trying to add to the Bible (for the Bible only is the Word of God); however, I do believe that perspective and knowledge can still be gained from looking at other religions, such as the ones that have shaped the ideas of the Jedi and the Force.

“For my ally is the Force. And a powerful ally it is.” –Yoda, Star Wars Episode V: Empire Strikes Back Continue reading

Stay Out of the Pool!

10703819_10204851238539940_9119766261710331167_n (1)Earlier this week, I saw the Red Band Trailer for Deadpool.

I was NOT impressed.

It is amazing how much grotesque language and crudeness can be crammed into a 2:55 clip. I know I won’t be the most popular for giving my opinion; nevertheless, I encourage you to not go see this film in 2016.

But Logan, it’s a “superhero” movie. But Logan, it looks funny! But Logan, it doesn’t bother me! But Logan, it has some cool action scenes! But Logan . . .

Like I said, I’m not shooting for popularity. Continue reading

To Wallow in Sin

PIG_02_LS0032_01_PPigs are gross!

They wallow in mud, in filth (since they possess no sweat glands to keep themselves cool, which brings new light to the expression, “Sweating like a pig”). The pig was designated “unclean” to God’s people in the Old Testament (most in-likely to protect them from diseases and parasites that can be contracted when pork is not properly cooked), And the pig, because it parts the hoof but does not chew the cud, is unclean for you. Their flesh you shall not eat, and their carcasses you shall not touch (Deuteronomy 14:8). And when hungry enough, pigs will eat practically anything: slop, leftovers, fruits and vegetables, tree bark, grass, bugs, corn in cow patties, rotting roadkill, even a human body–flesh, meat, as well as bone. It’s amazing that something so good as bacon, comes from creatures like these.

However, like humans, they dream and like to snuggle, they are extremely curious and enjoy exploring, they even enjoy (as discovered in animal sanctuaries according to PETA) listening to music, kicking soccer balls, and receiving massages. We share many more traits with these animals than what we would like to admit, besides genetically and physically–especially our digestion systems (since both pigs and humans are omnivores). Continue reading