We have every controversial group in America coming out of the closet, but many of you Christian men (and women) are still hiding in there with the light switch off and the door locked. Here you are receiving all of God’s truly remarkable blessings, and you still won’t swing open that closet door and tell the world who you are.
Tony Evans, Th.D
This post is dedicated to my friends and associates, the individuals that I have had the pleasure of participating with in cycling, swimming, running, cross country skiing, and rock climbing and mountaineering over the last couple of decades.
It’s hard to imagine why any couple would simply sit quietly, huddled closely together upon the icy-cold granite outcrop, despite the howling gale and the tumultuous roar of the mighty Atlantic crashing against the rocky shoreline.
But that is exactly what my wife and I undertook one early evening in mid-August of 2014. It was a charming, itsy-bitsy place called Peggy’s Cove, situated along the rugged coastline of Nova Scotia. We almost had the quaint little locale all to ourselves. Only one straggler was lollygagging on the lee side of the statuesque white lighthouse. The octagonal tower, with balcony and lantern, has stood proudly upon the granite rock for over a century, guiding troubled and weary sailors through many a stormy night.
Our place of solace was almost desolate, barren of the hordes of tourists that visit during the daylight hours.
We envisaged ourselves to be ageless, timeless, listening to the rhythmic ocean waves pound upon the rock, like nature’s drum echoing in the hidden alcoves of an eternal mind. As the ethereal light began to vanish, I turned around and took a snapshot of that frigid, unbreakable place of many secrets. It was an idyllic place, a halcyon that brought us peace.
Just a stranger and a pair of prairie landlubbers, never to pass a word. There would be no salutation amongst shadows in the fading light.
There was something crying out to his conscious mind. The feeling was ever so familiar. Something was not quite right, though he could not put his finger on it. The unrevealed was troubling the young soldier, though he scarcely perceived it, let alone understood the nature of it’s significance.
The 505th Infantry Regiment, originally the 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, is an airborne infantry regiment of the United States Army, one of four infantry regiments of the 82nd Airborne Division of the United States Army, with a long and distinguished history.
Under the command of Colonel James M. Gavin, the 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment was activated at Fort Benning, Georgia on 6 July 1942, during World War II, as part of the U.S. Airborne Command. Colonel Gavin, then just 35, was an early airborne pioneer, who led the men of the 505th through some extremely grueling training.
There is a troublesome story that I read many years ago. It is a story of the church in modern society. A tale of self-centredness, licentious excess, self-deception, and delusion. It was also a story of courage, resolve, and perseverance under intense circumstances. A story of inequality at it’s most grotesque differentiation.
Based on that work of truth-based fiction, here is my unique perspective of that same story.
It is important to recognize that modern science is NOT a pure philosophy representing a comprehensive worldview. Science is essentially a method of observation and measurement, based primarily on five traditionally recognized human senses, referred to as empiricism.
The rationalist presuppositions, theories, and conjecture of science DO NOT necessarily represent truth or reality in its entirety – not even close.
Science in itself, however, does NOT represent the entirety of human knowledge or experience.
A very important distinction to make.
The push of science versus religion politics today is disingenuous at best, and merely an age-old attempt to limit human thought and experience to the realm of scientific rationalism within secular humanism. This alone has huge ramifications in Western society today.
An insidious war has been declared on faith, religion, and the supernatural by those raising their ugly, arrogant, rationalist head once again.
This time in the political arenas of Canada and the US, not to mention the rest of the civilized Western world.
Christmas Eve (Heiliger Abend) is celebrated in Germany on December 24. It is the last day of Advent and the start of the Christmas season. Many people spend the afternoon and evening decorating Christmas trees, attending church services, eating traditional dishes and opening Christmas presents.