Sleep, Teens, Church and School

I was in conversation with several of the young teens at the church tonight during the time I teach them worship skills as a part of our midweek program.  We were talking about what it takes to keep them engaged in worship and how easily they became distracted. In conversation, I began to ask them about the school classes in which they felt the most interest and the ones where they had the least interest.  They liked best the classes where they had hands-on work:  especially art and science where they actually did things.  The ones hardest for them were … Continue reading Sleep, Teens, Church and School

Cycles of Suffering, Huge Religious Festival and An Important Question

How do you address the suffering that seems to surround us?  And especially, how would you address it to a group of people who are convinced that until they attain a certain state of righteousness, they are doomed to endless cycles of being born, suffering, dying and then being born again, dying, suffering, etc? Massive Religious Festival in India Right now, a massive religious festival, the Maha Kumbh Mela, or Grand Pitcher Festival, is taking place in Allahabad, in northern India.  According to the fascinating accounts, this site marks the intersection of three icy cold rivers, one of which is the … Continue reading Cycles of Suffering, Huge Religious Festival and An Important Question