Five Barn Burners

  There are some who may not understand the term, but back on the farm in Wisconsin, “barnburning” meant one of two things: 1. A person who burns down a barn, (obviously literal.) 2. Something amazing or noteworthy. To be strong, impressive, or of interest, (metaphorical.) The following verses have made a tremendous influence onContinue reading “Five Barn Burners”

The Blessings of a Long Battle, part 4

In thinking about this final installment about how God can bring much good out of our protracted struggle with sin, weakness, or a problem, it dawned on me how important it is to see the Big Picture. In some ways this post reiterates truths in part 2 of this series, but also adds important new dimensions toContinue reading “The Blessings of a Long Battle, part 4”

The Blessings of a Long Battle, part 2

 “Do not fear the conflict, and do not flee from it; where there is no struggle, there is no virtue.”   John of Kronstadt Part 1 of this post highlighted how God can bring good out of a long struggle with a sin, weakness, and/or problem by helping the Christian make the transition from putting their faith in formulas (e.g.,Continue reading “The Blessings of a Long Battle, part 2”

The Rigidity of Evil

Today I realized that I was sick and very tired of myself. It’s really not disgust, or even loathing. It’s more like a weariness, an exhaustion. I’ve never felt this way. In a strange way it intrigues me. Could this definite disenchantment mean something spiritual? Does it have value, or am I just feeling self-absorbedContinue reading “The Rigidity of Evil”