Strangers in the Kingdom of God

Paule Church, Culture Leave a Comment

The world is broken. We are at war and war is the problem. People want to know if you are for them or against them. You also want to know if someone is for or against you. We continually evaluate each other (especially those we do not know) to conclude what side they are on. This is one of many the things wrong with our world. There are so many battle lines that our society is a dissected dysfunctional mess. Our fingers are always pointed out while our hearts are …

Social Media, Political Division and Golden Calves

Paule Culture 2 Comments

I, as you, have seen many a friend disengage from social media due to its hostile political climate. Unfortunately, the climate seems persistent on its global warming. Even if one were to free themselves from the social media mire, the bitterness has contaminated the drinking water: radio, tv, newspapers, entertainment, social gatherings, and the like. The canyon dividing this nation is grand and demands all of its people’s capitulation. Society assumes you to be on one side or the other – no matter which it is, you’re on the wrong side according to the other half. …

Shadows of Secrets Past

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“Blessed is the man against whom the Lord counts no iniquity,     and in whose spirit there is no deceit” Psalm 32:2 A lie is a secret hidden behind a story. The story could be words, a shrug, an outburst, a lifestyle, or silence. It is the clothing we wear (or don’t), the product we hold in pride, the reaction we have when criticized, or the silent refusal of stepping out when called upon. Lying can both be proactive and reactive: we sell a bag of goods we are not or protect the real bag …

The Rise of Victimhood

Paule Ministry, Philosophy, Student Ministry, Theology 2 Comments

Counseling is something I just happen to do. As a student pastor, there are many hats to wear and counselor is definitely one of them. For some reason, counseling comes naturally to me. Other than one college course (maybe two…don’t really recall), I haven’t had any official training or education in counseling. My hunch is that my natural knack for it comes from my personal wiring and that I’ve learned the art of bluffing. I am a good liar. My default defense mechanism is to bluff. I am both proud and ashamed …