September 18, 2022

Content/Trigger Warning: Discussion of Suicide/Suicide Attempts September is Suicide Awareness Month. Christianity has often done a shoddy job of approaching this sensitive topic. Some Christian groups and speakers choose to shame suicide victims and refuse to discuss God’s mercy in regard to this tragedy. Historical Christian Views on Suicide It’s been uncomfortable for me, this process of digging into the old views of certain Christian authorities against suicide. “What a mess” isn’t quite sufficient. I’ve been reading this article by Religion... Read more

August 30, 2022

Jesus mourns the choice of even one soul refusing to let go of their sins, a fate that nobody has to choose for themselves. Read more

August 29, 2022

Arwen’s refusal to give up her hope for a future with Aragorn was captured in Howard Shore’s piece “The Grace of Undómiel”. This theme plays in The Return of the King when Arwen sees a vision of her son, Eldarion, and goes to confront her father for withholding her full future from her. Renée Fleming lends her beautiful soprano voice to the Elvish lyrics here, singing of Arwen’s wavering light amid the darkness of despair. The YouTube channel Monoverantus excels in analyzing the... Read more

August 12, 2022

Arwen Undómiel in the "Lord of the Rings" film trilogy reminds us of the importance of holding onto hope, even when despair seems inevitable. Read more

August 6, 2022

With National Friendship Day coming up, we have ample reason to reflect on the Bible's lessons on what makes both good and bad friends. Read more

August 5, 2022

Addressing the issue of whether or not slavery is condoned in the Bible is a hot (and at times, nasty) debate. Some verses seem to outright condone it. Read more

July 28, 2022

Galadriel giving Frodo the Light of Eärendil serves as a beautiful analogy for giving others hope in the battle against depression. Read more

July 24, 2022

This past week has been a wonky time for me of learning what to avoid in the pursuit of my goals and that punishing myself into success simply won't work. Read more

July 20, 2022

The world learning about the horrific story of a 10-year-old from Ohio forces us all to discuss a real nightmare when abortion isn't allowed. Read more

July 12, 2022

I’m grateful for the family time and peace I enjoyed at Hilton Head Island last week. Everything was beautiful, I was able to spend time with everyone (especially my grandparents), and we made some tender memories. The beach at HHI gave me fantastic photography opportunities and a whole lot of inspiration. Beach Beauty Last week gave me time to reflect on where I am in life right now and where I’m heading. Lately, my love of photography has been shining... Read more

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