I look and see deep beauties flowing from the damned and desire to reach to their soul with my words and perform a silent change, to communicate a truth they must understand for their beauty to avoid becoming tragedy. But reciprocity must be considered and I would recoil with a feeling of shock if such a thought was directed to me. It is an unwelcome interruption of innocents trying to do nothing but live a life well, or so we say of ourselves. And yea, the accusation of regrettable blindedness is indeed directed to me by the ones who “see” the shackle that religion “is.” How do I respond to them? Perhaps with patience and listening and an overthrown heart, but only halfheartedly because I believe in my soul that I have a truth which they lack. Do they not feel the same? If I am unconvinced by the best efforts of their masters like Hume and Nietzsche, how could mere I touch a single soul? “I see where you are coming from, but what about this…” they would say. I know others are not I, but I know some share my quality of stubbornness through uncertainty applied to action.
Continue reading “A Ping Pong Lament On Disagreement, Lacking Precise Conclusion But Hoping For Edification. Written In Intellectual Rambling For The Enjoyment Of The Author. Knowingly Incomplete, Completeness Being Saved For Another Day.”
This is a poem that is loosely based on Psalm 51, the psalm David wrote after he was confronted by Nathan about committing adultery with Bathsheba, intentionally causing her husband’s death, and then marrying her. In America, statistics tell us that it is very rare to meet a young man who has not, at some point in his life, been addicted to pornography and masturbation. The statistics are about equal inside and outside of the Church. If you fall under that category, I urge you to tell someone you trust. With tears in my eyes as I type this, I tell you that there is truly grace enough to redeem your sin and shame into a powerful work for Christ. A life-changing book that I recommend walking through with two or three other brothers is Sexual Sanity for Men.
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Lately, there has been a lot of public trouble over the issue of gender. The protection of the rights of transgender people is being discussed at length, and it seems that bathrooms are a forum where some essential battles are going to be fought. But before these battles can be fought, foundational questions must be asked. What is biological sex? What is gender? Are these ideas meaningful or important? What exactly has a transgender person decided to do by declaring that they are transgender? To answer these questions, we will begin by defining some terms. Then we will analyze the liberal and conservative insights. Next, we will unite the two into what I believe is the correct view. Finally, we will look at a few questions that spring out of my view. Continue reading “The Male and the Man, the Female and the Woman”