Apathy and the Pain of Passion

It can be hard to tell the difference between zen-like peace and apathy. Apathy; a state of mind and being that basically says, “I don’t care,” “Nothing matters,” “Whatever the outcome, I won’t have a hand in it,” “Let it be.” This can sound lazy and disconnected. It can also sound spiritual as the person seems to be pursuing non-attachment and letting go of control. Both can be and are, sort of, true. It’s hard to tell the difference. One thing to notice about apathy is how cleverly it can display and communicate itself as wisdom and enlightenment. But, it can also be fear... Of what? Responsibility. Protection mode Often, the reason we take a step back and decide we don’t care is because w

Rethinking the Unpardonable Sin

The verse "Therefore I say to you, any sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven people, but blasphemy against the Spirit shall not be forgiven. Whoever speaks a word against the Son of Man, it shall be forgiven him; but whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit, it shall not be forgiven him, either in this age or in the age to come." (Matthew 12:31-32) What do we do with it? Often, I am asked what to do with these above verses in light of what we know of the grace and mercy of God through Christ. There are probably a few good ways to look at this. First, we have to remember that Jesus, being the full revelation and character of God, forgave his enemies on the cross and throughout his time pre-resurr

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