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Christianity: The Essentials Part 1 – The Non-essentials

I was reading an article about forgiveness today. I was inspired to do a blog about it, cause I think forgiveness is an essential that we don’t talk about much at all. But it should be! I’m an advocate of the fact that there are a few things that are completely essential in Christianity, and everything else that we put up for debate needs to be with the realisation that it’s not incredibly important to God’s Kingdom or our eternal destiny.

So I decided I should not just blog about forgiveness, but do a short series of blogs on the things I personally classify as the essentials (you can feel free to have your own list that’s different from my own). To start off this short series (after all, any list of essentials should aim to be shorter, rather than longer, without leaving out anything important. That is after all, the definition of essential), I thought I’d make a list of a few common topics that are NOT essentials. Then we have them out of the way as we head into talking about the essentials. So here it is… Continue reading

Genesis 11

The story of the Tower of Babel is a curious one. The stated purpose was to build:

a city, with a tower that reaches to the heavens, so that we may make a name for ourselves and not be scattered over the face of the whole earth.

With the whole world being one ethne with one language, why did they need to make a name for themselves? There was no other nation(s) for them the compete with and gain a reputation. The only other name with which they could compete was the Name of God. And so the actions which God took consequently make a lot more sense! Continue reading

My Goals for 2009

About a month ago I made a list of my goals for this year, on the Soul Purpose forums. Already, some are going better than others. And some I didn’t expect have come up. Like blogging hehe.

These are my goals for this year. I don’t really like new years resolutions. cause they’re made to be broken. But goals I can cope with, and I had a spare hour in BK today:

1) Pass all my papers with at least B- (if you saw my results last year, it’d sound more ambitious).

2) Learn how to have basic convo in French, and learn how to greet, ask things like “how are you?” etc, and possibly count and sing a song in each of the following languages: Spanish, Italian, German, Portuguese, Romanian, Mandarin, Japanese, Thai, Korean, Vietnamese, Tamil, Indonesian, Afrikaans, Swahili, Maori, Samoan and Fijian

3) Finish my first album by the end of march.

4) get to the point where I’m reading my bible, communicating with God daily, and fasting on a regular basis, perhaps monthly.

5) Save $3600 (assuming job security)

6) Give financially, generously, regularly and sacrificially

7) Listen to everyone, even if I think I know what they’re gonna say.

8) Exercise in a way beyond daily walking for travel for half an hour a week if possible. (I do a lot of travel walking)

9) Write an album of scripture in song, to be recorded next year, one song per month ought to do the trick. (this one’s instead of bible memorisation, which I tend to do through music anyway, and which I don’t think I’m passionate enough about to sustain)

10) Memorise this list of goals. Sounds ambitious, I know, but nothing that can’t be achieved one day at a time.