Discipline and dissipation.
Between 1942 and 1945, over 1 million American troops were stationed in England preparing for the D-Day landings. Preparing and procreating, that is. Sensing the invasion wasnít imminent; GIs earned English enmity for being ìoverpaid, overfed, oversexed, and over here.î Push-ups however replaced shacking up with the advent of the D-Day invasion. Discipline replaced dissipation. This might be one way to reframe the Christmas Advent season that has become nothing more than nostalgia.
The occupational hazard of Thanksgiving is giving thanks. It’s like Prayer Breakfasts – lots of food yet very little prayer. Is this bad? Be honest – what makes gratitude so special? Well, it might improve cardiovascular and immune functioning, save face, extend life and – get this – beat back the worst disease that humans face.
Wisdom from wildness.
He led a troubled teenaged life that included shacking up with a woman at age 17. They produced a son a year later and lived together for the next 13 years. At 19, he rejected his mother’s Christian faith because he felt the Bible, translated in simple Latin prose, paled in comparison to "the dignity of Cicero."1 Yet I wish he taught at our local high school. Through trial and error, St. Augustine understood the means and ends of education – two things sorely lacking in our educational system today.
Evangelism as sex.
The best sex is the fruit of a marriage, not the focus. It’s a thermometer not a thermostat. In fact, we have words to describe those who make sex their primary focus or solicit it outside of marriage, but they’re X-rated. All of this isn’t breaking news. Yet it does explain why so few Christians today share their faith.