Life can be difficult. The only person who hasn’t experienced some kind of hardship is the person who hasn’t been born yet! Think of Jesus on the cross. He was the only perfect person who ever lived… and even he suffered greatly! None of us are given a free pass in life, but God offers … Continue reading Withness
Harvard professor Robert Putnam has researched how communities are changing. One of the significant shifts is something he refers to as the privatization of free time. In previous decades, people would generally come home from work or school and spend their free time with other people as a part of their wider community. For example, … Continue reading The privatization of free time
Several years ago a reporter was covering the conflict in Sarajevo when he saw a young girl get shot. He rushed over to help. By the time he got there another man also wanted to assist. They lifted her into the reporter’s car and set off to the hospital. The reporter drove, and the other … Continue reading Aren’t they all our children?
We live in a highly individualistic society. Let me tell you what I mean: 1) Automobiles and changing, busy patterns of life can result in less time in our own neighbourhoods and fewer meaningful relationships and connections with the people around us. 2) Harvard professor Robert Putnam says that much of our free time has … Continue reading I just can’t do it alone
The word “religion” isn’t very popular. People (including myself!) prefer to use substitutes like “spirituality” or “faith” as a way of bypassing this un-trendy word that can call to mind firm-fisted sermons, strict morality or chanting monks. But let’s pause on it for a minute. It comes from an old word meaning “to bind.” So … Continue reading Boundedness