A conversation with my mother about her expeirences growing up in Panama with natural hair and on being the first child in her family with Afro-textured hair.
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A letter to fellow believers.
I know many of you just read that title and thought it was scandalous to see something so “risque” in the same setting as something holy. Well guess what – sex is part of that. Everyone seems to think they are separate, which makes since because most people treat them as though they are complete polar opposites. Shall we think this through?
Who created the Church body? God. Who created the body? Also God. If we know God to be the creator of all things, we cannot leave sex out of that equation. God created sex, people! Praise Him! Like all great things, the world has twisted and perverted it. The world has stained it so badly that even many church congregations see it only as stained and keep quiet about that part of God’s word. Many people know that God told Adam and Eve to “be fruitful and multiply” (Genesis 1:28), but a lot of people overlook the entirety of Song of Solomon. The entire book is dedicated to telling of the love and sex between man and wife. God blessed us with the gift of intimacy, one to be shared between husband and wife. Church if we teach of sex as the blessing that it is, more people will start treating it as such. If we stop viewing sex as this unspeakable act, the temptation would be lessened. With the fall of man, humans naturally desire things they should not have. So if more people speak of it with gladness and praise, and do not hide it in the darkness as if it were vile, fewer people would be drawn to it for the wrong reasons. More people would appreciate it for what it is: a gift from God.
Sex, in the truest and purest state in which it was intended, is not dirty or foul. It was not meant to be used as a tool, a weapon, a defense, or a toy. The euphoria of sex is supposed to give us an insight into heaven. For instance, when a husband and wife consummate their marriage, they become one body. They are no longer two separate entities, but one. Marriage was made to reflect the union between Christ our Lord and the Church, his bride, and the Holy Trinity. When we go to heaven we get to be one with God — praising and worshiping Him for all eternity. Marriage is this beautiful insight into the Holy Trinity, as well as the loving and sacrificial relationship between Jesus and the body, the church. God being great and merciful gives yet another insight — the complete joy of Heaven. Sex allows people a glimpse of Heaven, and feelings on earth are never as great as to the extent they are in Heaven, so imagine Heaven!
It is your one true love.
Chick-fil-A, I love you.
Truett Cathy, I owe you my life.
If you love Chick-fil-A, you truly have withdrawals when you're away from it. You may suffer from these symptoms, just like I do.
1. No other breakfast will compare to CFA's.
2. No other fast food joint has hash brown's like CFA's.
3. When you go on vacation, you type in "Chick-fil-A" to see if there is one nearby.
4. If there isn't, you eat it as soon, I am talking, like, the second, you get back from vacation.
5. You truly don't understand how people "get tired of Chick-fil-A."
6. Besides the occasional changeup on Sundays, CFA is always your number choice of fast food.
7. You legitimately crave it more on Sundays.
8. Nothing on the menu seems gross to you.
9. Yet, you seem to get the same thing every time you go.
10. Their ice cream is literally the b o m b.
11. You defend CFA to any and every hater.
12. CFA is probably your actual one true love.
Considering im 18 now & you're one of the best men i've ever met since you have a child; me. I want you to know that I love you, more than anyone, I love you. I don't forgive you for the way you hurt my mother. I'm hurt because you broke our family. Thing went down hill the day you found Laquita. You we're distant & shortly after my mother turned into the coldest, saddest women to walk past me. She's my best friend & so are you. Not one day goes by where I don't wonder what she did wrong. How on earth could you trade your family & the women who loved you unconditionally for a home wrecker? Sounds dumb to me.
But I don't want you to think that i hate you for it. For awhile you were all i knew or had. I didn't have a mother. Hell, we barely have furniture in our home because bills couldn't be paid, but that didn't phase me because I was with my all time bff. The times where I would let you drink on the "school bus" because you were basically an alcoholic by then. You were drinking because no one cared. Mom left & my grandparents turned their back on you because of what you did to my mother; I don't blame them. But you are & always will be the best man to enter my life. Thank you for being the best father you could be even though your marriage with my mom didn't work.
I think God hand picked you for me without a doubt. You have always been the best dad & the best best-friend. I love you with my whole & i wouldn't trade you for anything so thank you for being so good to me.
Exploring the controversy behind the popular worship song "Reckless Love"
First things first I do not agree with people getting so caught up in the specific theology of a song that they forget who they are singing the song to. I normally don't pay attention to negative things that people say about worship music, but the things that people were saying caught my attention. For example, that the song was not biblical and should not be sung in churches. Worship was created to glorify God, and not to argue over what kind of theology the artist used to write the song. I was not made aware of the controversy surrounding the popular song "Reckless Love" by Cory Asbury until about a week ago, but now that I am aware this is what I have concluded.The controversy surrounding the song is how the term reckless is used to describe God's love. This is the statement that Cory Asbury released after many people questioned his theology regarding his lyrics. I think that by trying to clarify what the song was saying he added to the confusion behind the controversy.This is what he had to say,
"Many have asked me for clarity on the phrase, "reckless love". Many have wondered why I'd use a "negative" word to describe God. I've taken some time to write out my thoughts here. I hope it brings answers to your questions. But more than that, I hope it brings you into an encounter with the wildness of His love.When I use the phrase, "the reckless love of God", I'm not saying that God Himself is reckless. I am, however, saying that the way He loves, is in many regards, quite so. What I mean is this: He is utterly unconcerned with the consequences of His actions with regards to His own safety, comfort, and well-being. His love isn't crafty or slick. It's not cunning or shrewd. In fact, all things considered, it's quite childlike, and might I even suggest, sometimes downright ridiculous. His love bankrupted heaven for you. His love doesn't consider Himself first. His love isn't selfish or self-serving. He doesn't wonder what He'll gain or lose by putting Himself out there. He simply gives Himself away on the off-chance that one of us might look back at Him and offer ourselves in return.His love leaves the ninety-nine to find the one every time."Some people are arguing that song is biblical because it makes reference to the scripture from Matthew 28:12-14 and Luke 15. Both of these scriptures talk about the parable of the lost sheep and the shepherd. The shepherd symbolizes God and the lost sheep are people that do not have a relationship with God. On the other hand some people are arguing that using the term reckless, referring to God's character is heretical and not biblical. I found two articles that discuss the controversy about the song.The first article is called, "Reckless Love" By Cory Asbury - "Song Meaning, Review, and Worship Leading Tips." The writer of the article, Jake Gosselin argues that people are "Making a mountain out of a molehill" and that the argument is foolish. The second article, "God's Love is not Reckless, Contrary to What You Might Sing" by author Andrew Gabriel argues that using the term reckless is irresponsible and that you cannot separate Gods character traits from God himself. For example, saying that God's love is reckless could also be argued that God himself is reckless. Reckless is typically not a word that someone would use to describe God and his love for us. The term reckless is defined as (of a person or their actions) without thinking or caring about the consequences of an action. However, Cory Asbury is not talking about a person, he is talking about God's passionate and relentless pursuit of the lost. While I would not have chosen the word reckless, I understand what he was trying to communicate through the song. Down below I have linked two articles that might be helpful if you are interested in reading more about the controversy.
Whether you admit it or not, that tiny town will always have your heart.
1. You still talk to people that you went to elementary school with.
These are the people you grew up with and the people you graduated high school with. The faces you see in kindergarten are the same faces you’ll see for the rest of your life.
2. When people ask where you’re from, you just mention the nearest Metropolitan city to your home town.
No one has ever heard of your town, anyway.
3. You fully expect to run into at least 3 people you know when you’re going out.
Everywhere you go- the grocery store, the post office, the gas station- you’re bound to run into somebody.
4. Plans for Friday night include walking around the nearest Walmart.
There really isn’t much else to do so you have to make your own fun somehow.
5. It's a normal thing to get caught behind a tractor on the road.
It made you late to school countless times, but at least your teachers could relate.
6. Your teachers always call you by your sibling’s names.
In a town that's small, there’s no doubt that they’ve taught at least one of them.
7. Friday nights revolved around what sports team was playing.
Friday nights were dedicated to football and winter was dedicated to basketball. Every Friday in fall the entire town will be their repping the team’s colors.
8. You and your friends just drove around at night blasting music because there was nothing else to do.
With no destination in mind, you know the town like the back of your hand. So many memories were made just by driving around.
9. It’s a big deal when a new restaurant opens up in town.
When you’ve had the same restaurants for your entire life, there’s no doubt that it will become the newest hang out spot among your peers.
10. Everyone talks about leaving but once you’re gone, you know you’ll miss it.
Whether you like it or not, it’s the place you were born and raised and it will always be home to you, no matter where life take you.
1. Brittany Morgan, National Writer's Society
2. Radhi, SUNY Stony Brook
3. Kristen Haddox, Penn State University
4. Jennifer Kustanovich, SUNY Stony Brook
5. Clare Regelbrugge, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign