Why did God rest?

April 21, 2008 by · 4 Comments
Filed under: Religion, Youth 

Genesis 2:2  And on the seventh day God finished the work that he had done, and he
rested on the seventh day from all the work that he had done.

Last night during youth group, one youth asked a very deep question:  Why did God rest on the 7th day?

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What do you think?

Funniest answer from a youth:  “He just freakin’ created the Earth!  He was tired!”

Missing God

December 4, 2007 by · 3 Comments
Filed under: Religion 

I’m not seeing God much these days.

One of the questions that the youth director at church asks the students (and adults) is “Where did you see God this week?”  Lately I’ve been happy that I haven’t been called out to answer, because I really don’t have a good answer.

I definitely don’t see Him at work.  People can’t be depended on to do their own jobs, much less help others.  Gossip and backstabbing abound.

At home, things are basically normal.  All cylinders are firing, and life is running at a nice constant RPM.  Maybe that’s what God is about, but I’m not seeing the traditional view of God when a little extra help is needed.

At church …. hmmpf.  For the most part, the church experience has been kind of flat for me lately.  I’m not feeling inspired by worship.  I’m attending a lot of church meetings which, as we all know, are not generally considered to be the place where people’s best shines through.  There are no real beginnings or culminations.  It’s just kind of … there.

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The Internet and blogosphere?  Please.  I think God avoids them like the plague (so to speak – don’t get any ideas).  If you want to see people behaving at their worst a lot of the time, participate in discussion forums or blogs.

The one exception is youth group.  I do see God in our meetings.  I see it in Confirmation class as the youth absorb and reflect beliefs and emotions about God (and consistently impress me).  I see it in the camaraderie, laughter, tears (and particularly in reaction to those tears) and community of the Senior High group.  Lately there just haven’t been many of these events.  Confirmation teaching sessions are only every 2-3 weeks, and the Senior High schedule hasn’t involved me (retreat with no available spots for adult advisor) or has been canceled (Thanksgiving weekend).

Maybe this is just a case of winter blahs.  Maybe it’s a bit of burning the candle at too many ends.  I dunno.  I’m just not seeing God in my life all that often.

I hope He comes back soon.

Statement of Faith

January 2, 2007 by · 2 Comments
Filed under: Religion 

At one point a few months ago, a reader complained (in comments in another blog) that I didn’t include my theology in my blog.  At the time I decided not to because it was likely to generate more heat than light.

When searching for and joining my church, I wrote the document below.  It was both a tool for me to personally discern my beliefs and a document that I wrote to answer a potential question by the church about my beliefs.

I present it to you now because it’s relatively quiet.  I hope that any discussion will be civil. (And yes, the title is a play on the title of a Presbyterian document.)

(You need to click the link below to see the whole thing if you’re reading directly on the blog.)

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