kerravonsen: Reason is itself a matter of Faith (reason-faith)
Answer not a fool according to his folly, lest you also be like him. (Proverbs 26:4)
Answer a fool according to his folly, lest he be wise in his own eyes. (Proverbs 26:5)
kerravonsen: Eighth Doctor screaming: "you've been cut adrift" (Doc8-cut-adrift)
Sin is like a broken promise. No matter how many promises you keep, they can't mend the broken one.
kerravonsen: from "The Passion", Christ's head with crown of thorns: "Love" (Christ)
"The Generous Mr. Lovewell" by MercyMe is a great album. It makes me want to write fic about The Generous Mr. Lovewell, who performs random acts of kindness and then vanishes as mysteriously as he appears, leaving people saying "Who was that man with the bowler hat and the balloon?"

Only I'm now wondering if he has an evil twin, The Dutiful Mr. Meantwell.
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(Crossposted to Bearing Witness)
kerravonsen: from "The Passion", Christ's head with crown of thorns: "Love" (Christ)
Christianity isn't a walk, and it isn't a race; it's a marathon. The point isn't to come first, it's to get to the finish line; to keep going, no matter what, to not give up.
kerravonsen: a green leaf: Hope (hope)
There is no "us and them". There is only "us". Why can't they see that?

...Ooops.

That was a sequence of thoughts which occurred to me a couple of weeks ago. I struggled with it for a while. Because how can I embrace "them" when "they" do awful things? How can I embrace rich men and politicians and other distasteful people? How can I love my enemies?

Then it came to me.

There is no "us and them". There is only "me and you".

That is my new mantra. I am trying to live by it.

To explain: sure, every person is part of a group, indeed, part of many groups, and those groups do inform that person's behaviour. But each person is also an individual, sole and unique. So treat every person you interact with as an individual, no matter WHAT groups they may belong to, even if they are part of the "not-we".

Being Continuum last weekend, I tried to keep this in mind... and my life has already been the richer for it.

\o/

(Yes, there will be Continuum report, but probably tomorrow.)
kerravonsen: I don't have enough faith to be an atheist. (faith-atheist)
Day 7

In your own space, share something non-fannish about yourself. A passion or a hobby or a talent, something that people might not know about you. We are more than just our fandoms. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it.

If you want to know something I am passionate about, I think I shall have to give the same answer as last time: my Christian faith. It's there at the back of everything, like the water that a fish swims in. But I tend to post more fannish stuff here, so the folks who joined my flist/circle since last year might not be aware of it.

So I invite y'all: ask me questions about what I believe, and I'll answer them as best I can. I know that religion can be an inflammatory topic, so I'm trusting y'all to be polite and respectful, and in that trust, I'm not f'locking this post. Please don't give me cause to regret that.
kerravonsen: galaxy: "Behold, it was very good" (behold-good)
Arguing about the ordination of women is like arguing about whether the fish's bicycle should be blue or pink.
to clarify )
kerravonsen: from "The Passion", Christ's head with crown of thorns: "Love" (Christ)
Yesterday, I was reading Who Gets To Be a Geek? Anyone Who Wants to Be and the following passage struck me:
Many people believe geekdom is defined by a love of a thing, but I think — and my experience of geekdom bears on this thinking — that the true sign of a geek is a delight in sharing a thing. It’s the major difference between a geek and a hipster, you know: When a hipster sees someone else grooving on the thing they love, their reaction is to say “Oh, crap, now the wrong people like the thing I love.” When a geek sees someone else grooving on the thing they love, their reaction is to say “ZOMG YOU LOVE WHAT I LOVE COME WITH ME AND LET US LOVE IT TOGETHER.”


I thought, I am a geek for Christ.
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kerravonsen: I don't have enough faith to be an atheist. (faith-atheist)
(days 3 and 4 didn't involve making posts)

In your own space, share something non-fannish you are passionate about with your fannish friends.

I was going to post about crochet, since it's been so new and shiny and fun, but what [personal profile] cesy said in her post struck a chord with me:
But actually, a lot of those, I'm not passionate about - they're just fun hobbies. I guess the biggest non-fannish thing I'm passionate about is my faith, but I tend to avoid talking about religion on my journal. We've got a wide variety of views represented in my DWircle, and I know that for some people, anything I say is going to come across as preaching.


Perhaps one reason I don't talk about my faith a lot in my journal is that it would be like a fish talking about water: it's always there, at the back of everything.

So I invite y'all: ask me questions about what I believe, and I'll answer them as best I can. I know that religion can be an inflammatory topic, so I'm trusting y'all to be polite and respectful, and in that trust, I'm not f'locking this post. Please don't give me cause to regret that.
kerravonsen: from "The Passion", Christ's head with crown of thorns: "Love" (Christ)
Christ is Risen!
kerravonsen: Edmund + Aslan: "Ransomed Soul" (ransomed)
Comment to this post and I will give you five subjects/things I associate with you. Then post this to your LJ and elaborate on the subjects given.

[livejournal.com profile] lizamanynames gave me the following:
Christianity )
Kerr Avon )
Ice Cream )
Narnia )
Fic Archival )
kerravonsen: Church steeple silhuetted against clouds: "How can I keep from singing?" (singing)
It's awesome when you can look back at something which seemed at the time to be a case of everything going wrong, and see in hindsight that it was really a case of everything going right. This just happened to my eldest niece. (Well, we knew about it on Christmas Eve, but I've been thinking more about it since.)cut for those not interested )
kerravonsen: from "The Passion", Christ's head with crown of thorns: "Love" (Christ)
Something struck me as I was reading http://thereluctantatheist.blogspot.com/ (the earlier blog written by the author of http://www.conversiondiary.com/, which [livejournal.com profile] izhilzha pointed me towards) - the Catholic insistence that Catholicism is the True Way because they have an unbroken line of tradition is just the same kind of thing as the Charismatic insistence that theirs is the True Way because they have the Gifts of the Spirit. They're both right, in that these are aspects of the True Way, and they're both wrong in thinking that they're the only ones who have it. I mean, I realized a couple of years ago, when I went from a Charismatic church to a Presbyterian one (me, I hold myself non-denominational) that it isn't that non-Charismatics don't exersize the gifts of the Spirit, they just use different words to talk about it. Likewise, I realized just now, that it isn't that the Protestant church doesn't have an unbroken line of tradition and authority, they just use different words to talk about it.

All Christians belong to Christ, no matter the label they put on the door.
kerravonsen: Kerr Avon, frowning: Character is PLOT (character-is-plot)
God is not a writer of Mary-Sues.
kerravonsen: from "The Passion", Christ's head with crown of thorns: "Love" (Love)
[livejournal.com profile] izhilzha would be pleased at our Children's Talk this morning at church: it was a potted summary of the Lord of the Rings, and why Sam was the real hero. (grin) I think the connection between it and the sermon (which was about Daniel) was the question of being faithful and loyal and doing what is right.

Further musings, sort of sparked by the sermon, but only tangengially...
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