Categories
Faith

What is Sin: Rejecting The Rightful King

We previously looked at how eternal life is a personal relationship with God. Our relationship, however, must reflect that God is the Creator and we are His creation – He is King, and we are not. We must submit to God. Unfortunately, we have believed the lie that God is not worthy of our submission. We have rejected Him. Paul says this three times in Romans 1:

“For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him…” (v. 21)

“because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen” (v. 25)

“And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God,” (v. 28)

Categories
Sports

A Sports Orphan: The Story of my Fandom

I’ve always feared being labeled a bandwagon fan, a fan who shows no loyalty and conveniently roots for the best teams. Despite having rooted for the Minnesota Timberwolves, the Philadelphia Eagles, and the Chicago Cubs, I’m not a bandwagon fan, and despite spending the last nine years rooting for Boston’s sports teams, I’m not a bandwagon fan. But I don’t quite belong to any team. I’m a sports orphan.

My parents aren’t sports fans, so I didn’t grow up rooting for a team alongside them. My mom is from Chicago, and as a girl, she watched the Cubs, which was reason enough for me to root for them. But we never watched a game together, so despite growing up with a Cubs’ poster, my ties were shallow – I’d later become a Red Sox fan.

Growing up in Fredericksburg, over four hours from Houston and Dallas, I had few geographic ties to teams. The only nearby team was an hour away, the San Antonio Spurs. This suggests I should have been a Spurs’ fan, but because of my brothers, I rooted against the Spurs.

Categories
Faith

Merry Christmas

This week’s post is going to be short because I want the passage to speak for itself – its one of the most beautiful passages in the Bible. I do, however, want to quickly frame it in the context of Christmas.

In my advent devotional, I looked at a passage from Isaiah 9 and talked about the hope of Christmas. At the end, I said this:

“At Advent we look forward to Christmas where we celebrate Jesus’ birth and the implication it has for our souls, but we also look forward to Jesus’ return where he will finish establishing his kingdom and eradicate evil, death, and destruction.”