Becoming Chris Kamalski

"There's a Writer outside ourselves, plotting a better story for us" ~Don Miller

Tag: Musings

Quotes & Questions.

My latest (bullet-point) musing from metamorphablog.com.

  • “Your life is shaped by the end you live for. You are made in the image of what you desire” [Thomas Merton]
  • “A saint is someone who can will the one thing” [Soren Kiekegaard]
  • Therefore, what is the one thing I ‘should’ will as a Christ-follower?
  • What do my actions reflect as the ‘true’ (Read: Actual) things I am willing?

Any thoughts?

Is Original Sin Irrelevant?

Head here for the full post at metamorphablog.com, enjoy a clip below:

Their initial conclusion was that the doctrine of original sin is largely irrelevant as motivation to drive them towards the person of God and the ongoing transformation of their souls before Him. As I stumbled towards a response to this point, I found myself largely speechless in terms of where to take the conversation next.  Honestly, I began to realize at that moment that an inherent sense of guilt that has carried over from original sin has rarely if ever motivated me towards growth and openness with God.  While I continue to stand by the belief that original sin is a true (even core) belief within our faith practice, I wonder if it is time to begin dialogue towards a more healthy vehicle that opens up increasingly postmodern hearts to the person and presence of God in their souls.

And thus, I now ask you: Is original sin irrelevant (particularly as a motivator) to you?  If so, why?  If not, why not?

Their initial conclusion was that the doctrine of original sin is largely irrelevant as motivation to drive them towards the person of God and the ongoing transformation of their souls before Him. As I stumbled towards a response to this point, I found myself largely speechless in terms of where to take the conversation next.  Honestly, I began to realize at that moment that an inherent sense of guilt that has carried over from original sin has rarely if ever motivated me towards growth and openness with God.  While I continue to stand by the belief that original sin is a true (even core) belief within our faith practice, I wonder if it is time to begin dialogue towards a more healthy vehicle that opens up increasingly postmodern hearts to the person and presence of God in their souls.
And thus, I now ask you: Is original sin irrelevant (particularly as a motivator) to you?  If so, why?  If not, why not?

Midweek Musings.

  • How do I typically respond to moments of yearning?  Try to get past them?  Feel embarrassed by them?  Embrace them?  Often, I simply bury them beneath busyness or appease my heart with little indulgences like food, hobbies, or pleasures.
  • Is the life I am living the life God envisioned for me?  Am I free or living out the script that life has handed to me?
  • Best definition of a kiss EVER (from the ‘modern’ perspective): ‘A kiss is two mandibles pressing together for a certain duration of time, with the possible exchange of digestive fluids.’
  • “We live in narrative” (Eugene Peterson).
  • Is it possible that the life of God is less interesting than the stories God inspires?
  • My own small story is often about making life work for me on my terms, and doing just enough to not make God angry or disappointed with me.
  • What if God was like our deepest dreams and greatest imaginations–and yet better and truer?
  • There is nothing more hopeful than knowing the redemptive presence of God in the midst of tragedy.
  • Joy and pain are not paradoxical, rather inseparable–joy is found in the midst of pain.
  • Must God act outside our doctrine (ie our theological framework of security) at times to actually relate to us and grow us?