Monday, 30 April 2007
"Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light." (Matthew 11:28-30 NIV)
Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous fall. (Psalm 55:22 NIV)
Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. (1 Peter 5:7 NIV)
Tuesday, 24 April 2007
Here is the passage from Matthew, in the ESV and taken from Biblegateway.com:
Saturday, 21 April 2007
I am interested in how George Fox (the founder of Quakerism) links truth and oneness to being in peace, love and the power of God. Everything must be done in love in order to understand the "mystery of the gospel," and one must do things in love and not in strife to edify the church. This is so different from how I was raised, and these words were penned in the seventeenth century! As with the second comments about the equality of women from Margaret Fox, I am reminded that a teleological view of history and culture is often inaccurate. Although my family subjugates women against men and views violence as necessary, in seventeenth-century England and Pennsylvania, our ancestors upheld the opposite beliefs.
The VOtD from the Bible Gateway web site was also very edifying. I love the Gospel of John; it's such a mysterious and nerdy book of the Bible. In the verse just before, Jesus talks about his sheep, who know his voice (which I understand as the theology of the 'efficacious call'), and follow him, and to those who listen and respond he will give unconditional love and acceptance. See how tolerant and loving our Christ is?? Isn't it a stark contrast to how so many understand Christ and how they try to project Christ?
I am doing a topical study of love in the Bible, and specifically, the love of Christ and how it embodies God's love and how it is bestowed upon humanity. So, in this verse, I see very unconditional and accepting characteristics of Christ's love.
Christ's love is ...
* Non-judgemental (Christ will love and accept forever anyone who responds)
P.S. If you want to sponsor me on the arthritis walk, please comment or send me an e-mail and I'll send you the necessary link.
As far as fantasy goes, it was a pretty admirable effort, esp. considering he was fifteen when writing the book. The characters were fairly compelling, and the world he created was pretty interesting, esp. for a kid. My problem is that I am an avid Tolkien fan and therefore judge all subsequent fantasy against Tolkien's standard. The problem with the book was that I didn't find it compelling enough, not to the point where I wanted to read it all day long. I would find it compelling for an hour or so, but then need to do something else. It was a reasonable effort, and I might read the others, but it seemed to be striving for the kind of epic that Tolkien created and was constantly falling short.
Secondly, I wanted to announce on my blog that I am doing an arthritis walk on June 30th. I will be doing it to raise money for arthritis research and awareness. As you probably know, I was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis when I was fifteen months old, followed by a diagnosis of fibromyalgia at the age of twelve and lupus just this past October. The walk will be in Philadelphia, and I am hoping to raise $100.
And now for my devotions.
Like many Christians, I have been struggling to find a comfortable format for daily devotions. I find reading the Bible on the regular basis to be an important discipline, both for my spiritual and mental health. I find it easy to be distracted by the outside world and have therefore found it difficult to be completely faithful with my devotional exercise. It is my hope that blogging will help this to be easier and also encouraging.
My current devotion format is to read one e-mail devotion a day, one full chapter of the Bible each day, and one excerpt from a writer of faith. I have been blessed by both Episcopal and Quaker writings in the recent past, and oftentimes I go through the Anglican Daily Office or read from George Fox's writings. Today, my e-mail devotion is from Psalm 40, and my Bible passage is John 10. I have also read a passage from George Fox's writings and a passage from Margaret Fox's writings.
From George Fox's letters, 291-315:
" Therefore keep your meetings, and dwell in the power of truth, and know it in one another,
and be one in the light, that you may be kept in peace and love in the power of God,
that you may know the mystery of the gospel; and all that ever you do, do in love;
do nothing in strife, but in love, that edifies the body of Christ, which is the church."
From Margaret Fox's defense of women in the church:
"And first, when God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he them, male and female; and God blessed them, and God said unto them, be fruitful and multiply: And God said, behold, I have given you of every herb, Gen 1:27-29. Here God joins them together in his own image, and makes no such distinctions and differences as men do; for though they be weak, he is strong; and as he said to the apostle, his grace is sufficient, and his strength is made manifest in weakness, 2 Cor 12:9. And such has the Lord chosen, even the weak things of the world, to confound the things which are mighty; and things which are despised, has God chosen, to bring to nought things that are, 1 Cor:1-27-8. And God has put no such difference between the male and female, as men would make."
He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear and put their trust in the LORD. (NIV) Psalm 40:3
28I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of my hand. 29My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all[a]; no one can snatch them out of my Father's hand. 30I and the Father are one." (NIV) Jn 10:28-30
After living abroad in England, I began to re-evaluate my political and religious beliefs. I'm still figuring things out, but one thing I've realised is that I absolutely need to have a relationship with God. I'm just figuring out how I can be a dedicated Christian and also a dedicated Libertarian.
This is where this blog comes into play. I've been wanting to blog here because I have other cool friends on Blogger, but I couldn't really come up with a theme or a purpose. My new purpose will be to blog about my journey as a Libertarian Christian. I'm going to read devotionals and talk about faith and my newfound political and academic beliefs.
Feel free to join me. :)
Academic Societies and Interests
American Musicological Society
Society for Music Theory
Disability Studies Quarterly -- the first journal in the field of disability studies
North American British Music Studies Association
International Alliance for Women in Music
International Congress on Medieval Studies
International Association for the Study of Popular Music (IASPM)
IASPM US branch
* Lupus Foundation of America
* The Hunger Site -- Click Here Daily, It's Free!
* October is Lupus Awareness Month
* Celiac Disease Awareness Campaign
* Green Faith
* Religious Society of Friends (Quakers)
* Kids Get Arthritis, Too! Web Ring
* The Hypoglycemia Support Foundation
* Make Poverty History
* Libertarian National Committee
* But You Don't Look Sick!
* National Eating Disorders Association
Autoimmune Disease Links
- Celiac Disease Foundation
- Fibromyalgia Support Page
- Find a Cure for Lupus
- Lupus Foundation of Pennsylvania
- National Fibromyalgia Association
- Rheumatoid Arthritis and Exercise
- Rheumatoid Arthritis Blogger
- Society for Disability Studies
- Society for Disability Studies links
- The Arthritis Foundation
- The Lupus Lady's Autoimmune Disease Support
Weight Loss Aids
- 3 Fat Chicks on a Diet!
- A Weight Lifted: Healthy Weight Loss Blog
- Calorie Lab
- Fatty Weight Loss
- Fit Day
- Fitness Blogs directory at Blogcatalog.com
- Former Fat Guy
- Health and Fitness Blog
- Hungry Girl
- Runner's World
- Running and Triatholon Training Source
- Slash Food
- Strength Journal: Fitness and Nutrition Weblog
- The Skinny Daily Post
- Trying Fitness
- Web 2.0 Fat Off 2007
- Weight Loss Buddy