Wednesday, June 25, 2008

If You Don't Really Believe It...

Maybe I am in the minority here (and apparently, in America, I am), but it seems to me that if you have a "faith"...then you should actually believe in the tenets of that faith. Here is an article on the increase of pluralistic beliefs within the American evangelical church. More than half of people who identify themselves as christian believe that there is more than one path to eternity with God.

When Jesus said, "I am the Way..." did He mean it? And if He didn't, why did He say it!?

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Working for a Living

I am working my first swing shift here at the hospital. Overtime. Hooray.

Nights are a lot different than days. The drug seekers are all asleep. Apparently. We've had three traumas tonight. My first since working in the ER. Not for the faint of heart. Or the stomach.

So far so good. The only thing 9:30 pm my body said "bedtime". But since I don't work my normal 6:45 am tomorrow I am muddling through. Back to work!

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Book Review: Change of Heart by Jodi Picoult

When I began this book, I knew it would be one that I would blog about. I thought that I would be writing about the pros and cons of the death penalty. The book evolved into something quite different.

Change of Heart follows the story of a convicted murderer, a priest, an ACLU lawyer, and a little girl who needs a heart transplant. Throw in a lot of religious ferver and confusion, and you have a very interesting story.

Shay Bourne killed a little girl and her step-father. Those facts are never in doubt. A college student who sat on the jury that sentenced Shay to death is now a young priest, secure in his faith and what he knows, until he meets Shay, and his faith is challenged. For it seems that Shay can do miracles, quotes from the lost gospel of Thomas, and wants to die in a way that he can donate his heart to the younger sister of the murdered girl.

Is Shay Bourne the Messiah? Could Jesus come again in another form before his triumpant second coming?

As a Christian, I believe the Bible clearly answers the above questions, but it is interesting to read Jodi Picoult's research into some alternative viewpoints. I enjoyed the book, and the twists and turns that the story and the lives of the characters take. I suppose we could debate the death penalty, too...

*Just a note: much of the story takes place in a prison, so there is some foul language.

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Out of Sync

I know, I know, I don't blog like I used to.

I'm working on getting back into a rhythm, and with the Boxer on swings, me on days, and only one vehicle, that takes a bit to get moving.

I have a prayer request to ask you to lift up. Yesterday, I spoke with my Wayward Offspring, and am hoping to actually meet up with him in the next couple of weeks. Perhaps I am a little too hopeful...but it is hard not to want to hug him and tell him I love him face to face. So I need to speak with my ex-husband and am not looking forward to it. So please pray for much grace and mercy and forgiveness on my part.