All tagged kristal

What is Lent?

With the beginning of lent upon us, I thought I would discuss what I know about lent. Working at a seafood restaurant, lent is a busy time of year for us because we get all those catholics that can’t eat meat on Fridays so they go out to dinner to eat some sort of fish or seafood. It puts more money in my pocket and decreases meat consumption for a day. But what exactly is lent?

Holy Spirit: Fact or Fiction

Of all the things we have discussed so far in our podcasts, the Holy Spirit is probably the most confusing and misunderstood for me. There isn’t a single article that I’ve read or conversation about the Spirit that makes it any less perplexing. Who is the Holy Spirit? What does the Holy Spirit do? Why does God use the Holy Spirit as a means of getting things done?

Jesus Is Not Enough for Me…Yet

This week I am at a total loss as to what to talk about for my blog seeing as how Josh and Sean went off on a tangent and I simply offered a chuckle here and there in the podcast as I so often do. I’ve literally waited until the last minute to write my blog because I have wracked my brain for the last week as to what to write about and nothing has come to mind. Honestly, I’m tired of writing about God and Jesus and stuff I don’t believe in. It’s exhausting. I go to church and I have been churched so I know things to write about for our weekly topics but it’s not what I’m interested in and it’s a challenge every week to write about a subject that I know little about.

Where Do We Come From?

As the lovely human beings that we are, we are naturally curious about where we came from, why we are here, how we got here, and what our purpose is here on this beautiful planet. Every religion, culture, or indigenous people probably has their own origin story. This week on our podcast we discussed God and origin stories and whether or not it’s important that the two go hand-in-hand. Was God involved in creation? Is the creation story necessary, and does God interact with creation?

Living For Jesus

The idea of living for Jesus or that "to live is Christ" is lost on me. We discussed what it means to live for Christ but I'm not exactly sure if we ever came up with a definitive answer. A typical answer would to live a good life, like I'm doing, but Sean seems to be against such an answer.

Do I Need a Substitute For My Life?

The Christian answer would be “yes.” My answer would be “no.” I think I handle things pretty well on my own without Jesus. Some people would say that I haven’t done it all on my own, that Jesus secretly helps me out, but I don’t believe that. I have done it all on my own without Jesus. If Jesus was helping me out along this journey called life, wouldn’t he want it to be known that he had helped me? Just a simple “Hey, that was me, see what you can do with my help?” The Christian response to that would be something about how Jesus isn’t going to come right out and say it. Well that’s dumb.

I am a Bible Skeptic

In the beginning of my journey here at Empty Church I wrote a blog about blindly believing. This week we discussed if Christians should believe everything in the Bible or should they be a little doubtful or skeptical about some things? I think we all agreed that there is a healthy combination of belief and skepticism that goes along with believing in God and the bible if one is a Christian.

Evangelism is Dying

As a nonbeliever, one of the most annoying things about Christians is evangelism. They stand in the streets on their soap boxes, they leave tracts instead of tips, they infiltrate soup kitchens and donation centers, and most annoying of all, they visit neighborhoods and knock on doors.

Make Yourself Known

A few weeks ago my church wrapped up going over the book of Revelation. It is my belief that the Bible was written and composed as a means to keep everyone in line. A scare-tactic. A guide for life. Heaven is just a concept designed to take the fear of death away. However, for the purpose of this topic, if heaven is real, I wanted to have a discussion about it.

A Failed Beginning: OT vs NT

Why is it that the God of the Old Testament seems so much different than the God of the New Testament? With approximately the first 20 years of my life spent not reading the bible I can definitely understand where Sarah is coming from with her topic this week. I believe I started reading out of the New Testament when I first began reading the bible. Then one night when our power went out from a storm I was desperate for anything to keep me occupied and I cracked open the bible to Genesis and read by candlelight. There is definitely a different sense of God in the Old Testament versus the New Testament.

The Biggest Lie

If you have been reading my blogs, you’ll know that I am a very independent person. This week on our podcast we discussed the biggest lies we tell ourselves. I told the group that the biggest lie I tell myself is that I don’t need anyone else.

An Arrogant God: A Nonbeliever’s Perspective

It makes sense to me that a God would want to use their power and abilities to do whatever they wanted, create whatever they wanted, etc. So I get why God would create the universe with beautiful creatures and scenery, starry nights and blue skies sprinkled with fluffy clouds. What I don’t get is why God included humans as part of his creation.

Revenge Is A Dish Best Served Cold

I’ll be the first one out of the group to admit that I like getting revenge. You could even call me Frank Castle. Does that make me a bad person? Definitely. Revenge is sweet. What’s that saying about treating people the way you want to be treated? Well people deserve to be treated the way they treat others.

God's Presence in Nature?

After years of being asked about my radiant glow and happiness I am thrilled to share my secret with you.

It’s called nature.

If used frequently, nature has been shown to produce amazing results such as: