Farm Fresh Southern Cooking is a great looking cookbook. While the version I have is digital, I think I would…
What better book to get a hold of as the warm weather approaches and the grilling season truly begins (here…
Michael Gerson is a great regular read. He has made some very ponderable points regarding religion and politics over the time I’ve been reading his articles. His latest piece, Politicians giving religion a bad name, hits the nail on the head. The first paragraph alone is makes an excellent observation on this election year’s current religious conundrum:
Religion in the 2012 presidential election is the topic that will launch a thousand PhD theses. The pre-Vatican II Catholic candidate, Rick Santorum, has risen largely on the support of evangelicals, who, before the Second Vatican Council, often regarded the pope as the Antichrist. The former Mormon bishop, Mitt Romney, won Ohio and Michigan (and thus probably the nomination) arguably because of Catholic support. Meanwhile, a significant portion of the Republican electorate regards a president who has affirmed “the resurrection of our savior Jesus Christ” as a closet Muslim.
You can read the rest of the article here.
Hence my echo earlier this week that American evangelicals, piggy backing on Scot McKnight’s post of the Reuter’s piece, are losing all gospel witness credibility as they continue to align their faith, or their definition of their faith, with a particular partisan brand of politics (usually conservative Republican). That loss of credibility isn’t only based on the almost absolute alignment with partisan American politics, but it is a prominent problem.
I picked up this text hoping it would present a good case. I don’t like to read only sources and…
I wonder how the evangelical community will vote on election night. But, more importantly, why will they vote they way they will?
Not for the sake of the elections. That doesn’t concern me right now. But for the sake of the evangelical community.
While Romney is going to be the GOP nominee, Rick Santorum is doing really well among conservative evangelicals. Before the field of candidates was whittled down, a group of evangelical leaders agreed to back Rick Santorum.
When I found out Santorum was a Roman Catholic, that decision struck me as very odd. Why? Well, quite frankly, I know a good number of people who consider themselves conservative evangelicals and how they believe Roman Catholics are in need of salvation just like anyone else not believing exclusively in Jesus in order to be saved. In a church gathering, they’d openly talk of Roman Catholics as not really Christian; as needing to repent and accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.
But when it comes to election time, he’s considered the Christian candidate?
Or does it really have nothing to do with that? Are they only voting for the social issues, for his stance on political matters?
November will come around, though, and Santorum will not be the big name on the Republican ticket. That’ll be Romney. And he’s an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He’s yet another person these same evangelicals will never consider Christian. But, still, he’s going to be the Christian candidate?
Anything to defeat Barack Obama, right? Who actually is a Christian.
So, is the judgement of who is and is not a Christian based on where a person stands on certain American political issues?
Earl Henslin’s This is Your Brain in Love is essentially a relationship, marriage help book that takes a little different…
As something of a follow up to my earlier post regarding the recently opened Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial…
Now this takes me back. Of course, it still hasn’t been dealt with, and there are Christians that still either…
Thoughts on my struggle of how to view the new memorial for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
This was almost demoralizing to look at, but the truth must be grasped if we’re going to do something proper…
Because of the great battles raging over “marriage” and the definition of “marriage,” I propose (pun intended) this: treat marriage…
Periodically, too often in fact, we hear of people who believe that too much emphasis on the denomination’s peace stance is a hindrance to evangelism. That argument ought to be rejected out of hand. If the denomination is not a peace church, it is not reflecting the nonviolent story of Jesus as developed in defenseless Christianity. If evangelism is not about being a peace church, then the gospel proclaimed in that evangelism is not faithful to the life and story of Jesus.1
Amen, brothers Weaver and Mast. Amen.
1 Weaver and Mast, Defenseless Christianity, pg. 105
All these flowers and not one bee.
Now that the (latest) rapture scare is over, I think we can safely get back to the business of the…
I think these are the three symptoms of Fibromyalgia that are the most difficult for me. Pain, exhaustion, and depression. It’s amazing what you can learn to live with, what can become your new “normal.” It is not uncommon (most days for me) to have chronic pain somewhere, if not everywhere, in my body. It’s not uncommon for me to wake up in the morning feeling like I have not slept in 5 days, to reach out for my glasses lying on the windowsill and have my muscles give out in weakness with that tiny exertion. It’s not uncommon for me to feel all alone, hopeless, and devastated by the future that awaits me.
I find myself asking, “So, where do I go from here?” Sometimes I start to wallow in self pity. That feels good for a while, then it just becomes as disgusting and tiresome as the constant pain and weariness. I do find solace in reading God’s Word. No matter how far down in the depths I have gotten, He can always speak to me and pull me back up for a gasp of air. It is truly a balm to my soul. I found out today that music helps as well. Thank goodness for Pandora and my favorite stations: Indigo Girls, Alison Krauss, and The David Crowder Band.
My family is definitely holding me together right now. My sweet, caring, wonderfully understanding and nurturing husband; my five sweet little boys who are the agony and ecstasy of my life; my extended family who support me as they are able. I know that I am truly blessed, but there are days that I choose to embrace depression over my relationships. I have found that allowing my family and a few close friends to keep me accountable and occasionally pull me back from the brink helps a lot.
I am still trying to figure out how to best fight this Fibromyalgia. I am starting some supplements to see if they help. I am cutting way back on sugar and grains. I will hopefully be able to totally eliminate them soon, but it has been difficult. Baby steps. A wise woman told me this last week that we have this idea that perfect health can be ours if we just figure out the right formula and sometimes this just isn’t true. Sometimes we are just sick, for no better reason than that we live in a fallen world and there is sickness in that fallen world. I am trying to trust God daily in this and relying on Him for my strength.
If you are reading this and you have or have had a debilitating illness, how have you coped? I welcome advice in this matter. I think because the diagnosis is so new for me, I am struggling more with it now than I probably will once I get used to the idea. These are just some thoughts going through my mind right now. I truly appreciate any dialogue this may generate. Sharing and communicating can only make it better.
Yesterday I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia. I have been going to doctors for over 5 years now trying to figure out what is going on with my body. I have been told that there is nothing wrong with me, that I am just depressed, and numerous other explanations that are not really explanations at all. The rheumatologist I saw yesterday was such a kind man. He looked at all my labs and medical history, checked for the tender points associated with fibromyalgia and then told me I was not crazy, I just have fibromyalgia.
Here is a quick description from the pamphlet that the kind doctor gave me yesterday, from the Arthritis Foundation-
Fibromyalgia is a condition associated with widespread chronic pain, fatigue, memory problems and mood changes. Fibromyalgia affects up to 4 percent of the U.S. population, and it occurs more commonly in women than in men. The average age of onset is between 30 and 50 years old. Fibromyalgia is not a disease, but a constellation of symptoms that can be managed. (Pg. 2, Fibromyalgia)
I still need to check if my doctor tested me for hypothyroidism (which can mimic the symptoms of fibromyalgia) first, but it is good to know that I am not imagining things. It is a great relief actually. And now I know what I can do to start getting proactive. The pamphlet suggested that the most important changes I can make are having a good sleep hygiene/routine and getting more exercise. I think I can do that!
Some other things I am planning on looking into are following more of the eating principles talked about on the Weston A. Price Foundation website and in the book Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon. I have been warned that it takes about 7 months for gluten and the symptoms it causes to clear your system. I think that is going to be the most difficult thing for me because I love love love gluten. But I love feeling good more.
I guess the reason I feel compelled to blog about my diagnosis is to not only to help inform others about fibromyalgia, but to get feedback from those who have it themselves, and to open up communication and dialogue that will benefit all of us. I know there has to be a reason that fibromyalgia is on the rise and it seems from what I have read, doctors and researchers do not seem to have an idea why that is or what the actual cause of fibromyalgia is. I guess I am just not willing to accept that I will always feel like this for the rest of my life.