Ask a Christian 

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Well, you’ve done it Internet. You’ve broken me.

Just when I think there are no more ways people can get Christianity wrong, I see stuff that doesn’t even make me upset; it just leaves me scratching my head and wondering how anyone living in the United States or Europe could be so wrong about the underpinnings of the last 2,000 years of our civilizations.

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And then I remember that the United States and Europe are far different than they were even 50 years ago.

So as a part of my mission is to clear up misconceptions and change perceptions, I’ve decided to set up my booth, so to speak, and talk about some of these things people think they know about Christianity, but have way, way wrong.

I’m not trying to convert anybody (but if you want to visit a Greek Orthodox Church to see what it’s all about, that’s great!) but I would just like to change contemporary American’s perceptions about what it is us Christians do and believe.

–From “How We Do: On Missions and their Statements

This is not done in anger, but as a relatively quick way to clarify some Christian beliefs. And I am not trying to convert anybody, just attempting to do a bit of level-setting so we’re not all talking past each other when we discuss Christianity.

Mind you, I’m approaching this from the perspective of my church, the Greek Orthodox Church, so your mileage may vary.

Before we begin, I have to point out that these are actual questions I have gotten and actual things I have seen on-line and elsewhere. I’ll only go over a few in this post, mainly focusing on the Bible itself, because if I don’t control myself I could go on about this stuff for days . . .

“You think God wrote the Bible, so you can’t disagree with it even when it’s wrong because Christians are all superstitious (and dumb).”

No Christian believes that God Himself wrote the Bible. If anyone’s been taught that God literally sat down, uncapped his pen, and scribbled down a few notes, than they seriously need to find a new teacher. Continue reading “Ask a Christian “

How We Do: On Missions and their Statements

I love to write. Whether it’s fiction, music, or this blog, there is something immensely fulilling about taking the time in a solitary fashion to put my thoughts in order and communicate something to the world.

But so what?

Good question. 

A few months ago I discovered a podcast called Write Now made by a lovely person named Sarah Werner. In addition to having a soothing voice and a very encouraging demeanor, she offers great insights and tips on how to get the most of your writing and, as she puts it, write every day. 

A recent podcast involves creating your mission statement. Sarah does a great job of explaining why this is important to writers, and it got me focused on some things that had been bouncing around in my head, but I never really thought about in a coherent way.

Why do I bother writing? What’s the goal? I know goals are for losers (I hear you, Scott Adams) but there are still milestones to be hit along the path.

I touched a little bit on this on my post called “Find Your ‘Why,’” writing about how I enjoy communicating with other people, regardless of the medium. There’s something about the connection, both giving and receiving, that I find wonderfully satisfying.

A lot of times we don’t lose our drive, we lose an object to point it towards. 

For me, it was music. I didn’t just get off on the performance aspect. I loved communicating with other people on a level that was both primal and spiritual. 

Take the man away from the music. That desire remains. The desire to communicate. 

What I had to do was find another way to communicate with people. 

But what’s my mission statement? What do I really hope to get out of all of these endeavors, including my writing? I had never really thought about it. 

I’m not going to go through the whole process here because I’d rather you listen to Sarah describe it, but after consideration here’s some things I’ve discovered about my own motivations. Continue reading “How We Do: On Missions and their Statements”