Book Nine was short, but fairly tedious. In these thirty pages Augustine debates the nature of demons, who are believed to serve as intermediaries between men and the gods. Most in Augustine's day believed there were good and bad demons, and Augustine explores, then refutes, this notion, along with the belief that demons can serve … Continue reading City of God, Book 9: Demon Go-Betweens
I have only begun reading the book Beyond Colorblind by Sarah Shin (IVP). It was part of InterVarsity Press' free ebook giveaway a few weeks ago. I just finished chapter one and two things struck me...one I knew but didn't have words for, one a completely new insight. First, the brand new insight. I'm ethnic. … Continue reading Don’t be Colorblind. Be Better.
In Book Eight Augustine leaves behind his discussion of the religion of the theatre and the temple, of the people on the street, and focuses his attention on "they who profess to be 'lovers of wisdom'". If wisdom is identified with God, then these men are lovers of God, but, contends Augustine, not everything that … Continue reading City of God, Book 8: Close, but no Cigar
I have seen a lot of posts recently in my social media feed of people who say things like, "I didn't do _________, so I have nothing to repent of or be sorry for." These posts assert that sin and guilt are always only personal and never corporate or generational. Accordingly, those who think this … Continue reading Corporate Sin? Confessing My Ancestors Sins?
I have spent very little time listening to country music. Growing up, I remember going to Grandpa Waugh's house and listening to old vinyls of Country Western singers like Marty Robbins, Jim Reeves, Jimmy Dean, Johnny Cash, and Patsy Cline. Whenever I take a long road trip, I make sure I've downloaded songs like "Big … Continue reading Country Music: God & County Swirly