This is a very concise summary of the history and current leading views on sexual orientation. The section(2) treating the biological argument and theThis is a very concise summary of the history and current leading views on sexual orientation. The section(2) treating the biological argument and the biblical doctrine of man helped clarify my own understanding of the physical/moral nature of same-sex behavior.
Highly recommended for anyone who is struggling with, or has members of their church community struggling with, sexual orientation issues. Read via an electronic version of the 2011 Synod Minutes.
Quotes: - "There truly may be those who struggle with same-sex temptations, not due to any particular choices of their own, but because of the brokenness of human nature. However, the church's doctrine of human nature, and our understanding of gender and sexual morality, remain anchored in the teachings of Scripture which already provide an explanation for even biological disorders in 'all parts and faculties of soul and body.'" - "We all bear the curse of [original sin], the burden of our own family's and society's sins, along with the sins we ourselves commit. The brokenness we experience is wrapped up in the curse upon all mankind... Repentance for each one of us involves confession of corporate sins as well as individual sins."...more
I picked up this book knowing that I needed to display more grace to those around me, but found this book geared towards explaining the "why" insteadI picked up this book knowing that I needed to display more grace to those around me, but found this book geared towards explaining the "why" instead of demonstrating the "how". Nonetheless, it was still helpful to refocus on the basics of why grace is needed for everyone.
Quotable Moments: - "Sin is like a defeated army in a civil war that, instead of surrendering and laying down its arms, simply fades into the countryside, from which it continues to wage a guerrilla war." - On recurring sin patterns: "So I felt both guilty and helpless... That is why we need to understand that it is grace - not law - that disciplines us." - On the pursuit of holiness getting harder with "success": "Think of yourself walking into a room where the lighting is controlled by a dimmer switch. As you walk in... the room looks neat and clean. But as you turn up the wattage in the lights, you begin to see dust...smudges... The room that looked all right in the dim light suddenly appears dirty and unattractive under the full flare of the brighter light." - "I can seek the welfare of my enemies so they hopefully will be nice to me or not harm me again. That is not love; it is manipulation." ...more
Historical fiction. I was given this book several years ago but finally picked it up in preparation/during a vacation to Hawaii. The book itself was jHistorical fiction. I was given this book several years ago but finally picked it up in preparation/during a vacation to Hawaii. The book itself was just "okay" for the average read but reading about Lahaina's beginnings while in modern-day Lahaina was pretty cool.
This novel isn't for the faint-of-heart. It follows the same families, starting with Bora-Bora islanders setting out for Hawaii and ending post-WWII. Not just long; epic.
Would recommend for those interested in getting background on Hawaii's history without the pressure of non-fiction or for those traveling to Hawaii for the first time....more
Fun book on why food behaves the way it does in the kitchen - it's basically a compilation of a Q&A series from the Washington Post, so it is acceFun book on why food behaves the way it does in the kitchen - it's basically a compilation of a Q&A series from the Washington Post, so it is accessible to most laypersons. My favorite sections were on sweets and kitchen tools. Not a "must read" but definitely a great option when looking for a small gift for a cooking hobbyist.
Really fun little book about how to stay sane, have fun, and get great results when you are working in a large corporate environment.
Low on content bReally fun little book about how to stay sane, have fun, and get great results when you are working in a large corporate environment.
Low on content but high on entertainment. Its primary goal is to encourages readers to think more creatively within their own fields. Will definitely stay on my bookshelf to re-read once a year to maintain a fresh perspective.
Favorite Line: Orville Wright did not have a pilot's license....more