Question: Someone has asked me about the Enneagram. What can you tell me about this? (T. in Virginia)
Answer: The Enneagram is extremely popular right now. Use of the Enneagram is found in the business world. Psychologists use it in analyzing their patients. New Age cults use it as an instrument for helping people to achieve spiritual enlightenment. Christians are using it as a tool to understand themselves and others, and to guide them in their prayer life. The possible uses of the Enneagram seem endless, according to its advocates. Continue reading →
“Small minds are concerned with the extraordinary, great minds with the ordinary.”
~ Blaise Pascal
One of the foibles of human nature (and tragedies of life) is how we can get used to almost anything. Even the sacred. Consider the Passover celebration. This ceremonial meal celebrates one of the most extraordinary events in the history of not only Israel, but the world—the Exodus of Israel from Egypt. By command of God, the Children of Israel observed the Passover each spring—the roasted lamb, the unleavened bread, the bitter herbs. Year after year, the same ritual, the same four questions, the same menu. All of it so familiar. Continue reading →
Emin is a little known cult; however, it is very popular in certain circles. We first became aware of the group due to its popularity in Israel. Emin is a mixture of New Age beliefs and practices, and some traditional western occultism. In addition to Israel, it is to be found in Europe and the U.S.
My wife’s youngest sister Martha (hello Maha!) likes to celebrate a rather unusual holiday. For several years now she and her family have made a concerted effort to observe with appropriate ceremony and festivity the holiday of Groundhog Day. Their celebration consists of eating lots of sausage (ground hog… get it?), singing Groundhog Day songs, and watching the Bill Murray movie about the day. Way to go, Martha!
Such an interesting idea—celebrating a holiday that others mostly ignore. There are many days like this on our calendar. Indeed, you can do a search on the internet and find that there is something being celebrated every day of the year. This runs the gamut from National Lazy Day (August 10) to Start Your Own Country Day (November 22). You can celebrate almost anything almost any day. Yet, in this abundance of serious and silly holidays, sometimes there are lesser known days of importance that are overlooked… and overlooked to our loss, I would like to say. One such holiday happens to be today.
March 25 is a day that is usually just another day on the calendar for most people. Unless it happens to be your birthday—or you are really into celebrating National Pecan Day or Waffle Day—you will probably go through the entire day without giving a thought to its significance. Yet it is indeed significant. Why? I am glad you asked.
Question: “I have been told that when we get to heaven that we won’t really know each other—that we will know each other as brothers and sisters in Christ, but not as the same people we are now. Is this true? Will I know my loved ones? And will they know me?”
My Answer: This is a fairly common question. Through the years I have been asked it many times. First, the simple answer: YES! You will know others in heaven, and they will know you.
But don’t take my word for it. Let’s see what the Scripture says. Is there Biblical warrant for believing that we will know each other in the afterlife, and recognize friends and loved ones? I believe there is a strong case for this being so. Continue reading →