Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

This blog will be written from an orthodox Christian point of view. There may be some topic that is out of bounds, but at present I don't know what it will be. Politics is a part of life. Theology and philosophy are disciplines that we all participate in even if we don't think so. The Bible has a lot to say about economics. How about self defense? Is war ethical? Think of all the things that someone tells you we should not touch and let's give it a try. Everything that is a part of life should be an expression of worship.

Keep it courteous and be kind to those less blessed than you, but by all means don't worry about agreeing. We learn more when we get backed into a corner.

Friday, February 3, 2012

Opus 2012-30, On the Street: Spiritual Growth

How do we measure spiritual growth?  It isn’t like a bank account that we can look at and see an exact number.  It is more like our blood pressure.  It goes up and down but it has a trend.  I had an experience this week that I found encouraging.

My car blew up on the way to work.  Again.  I was towed, got in my wife’s car and managed to walk into my classroom 30 seconds before the bell rang.  How is this encouraging?  At the time it did not occur to me but looking back I realized I handled the crisis much better than normal. 

When the idiot light came on I did not lose my cool.  When I got out and looked under the hood I did not start mumbling.  As I stood in the cold morning waiting for the tow truck I did not bemoan my fate and ask, “Why me?”  I got out my Kindle and read from the Confessions of Augstine.


But when I looked back I realized that I behaved with much more maturity that I normally show.  The Holy Spirit was helping me to show active faith.  It was a great thing to realize.

Maybe there is hope for me.

homo unius libri

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