Written and media by Kelsey Neier. Christmas: The annual Christian festival celebrating Christ's birth. Jesus Christ is the reason for the season. Remembering Jesus’s birth is what we should focus on first and foremost. We celebrate the birth of our Savior, and find peace in the fact that we will be with him when our physical life is over and spiritual life begins. Jesus is the core of Christmas, but there’s lots of other traditions families have that make Christmas special.
Written and Media by Kelsey Neier. Easter is a time to remember Jesus’s suffering and His celebration of life as the stone was rolled away to rejoice our risen Lord! It is a time when we get together with family and remember all Jesus has done for us to free us from our sins. There are many ways that Easter is celebrated throughout the world.
During my preview visits to Greenville College before attending, one of my favorite things about the college was Chapel, and specifically the time of worship through music. I noticed a high standard of musicianship, and also a passion and energy in the congregation of students. Greenville College requires students to attend a certain number of chapel services, which exposes students to a large amount of worship time.
“Hoka Hey,” or “today is a good day to die”, is a phrase derived from the Lakota Indian tribe. This phrase, yelled by Lakota warriors riding into battle, typically connotes that if one dies, he can die peacefully because he has done everything in his ability to live through the battle and to see the next day. Consequently, death no longer fills the warriors with fear—quite the affect of a two-word phrase.
Diversity. Is something that is hard to pin down because few people can agree on a definition. To some, diversity has only to do with race, to others it means people may look the same, but enjoy or do different things. Each definition makes sense and they both begin to ask the question of how diversity is handled. As Christians, we are called to be one body in Christ, so is our body a model of acceptance?
In The Practice of the Presence of God, Brother Lawrence gets the ball rolling on the true purpose behind devotions, friendship with God. This handicapped, Carmelite monk desired above all things to establish and delight his soul in continual conversation with God- to pray without ceasing, to love God incessantly, and to give thanks for all things. Lawrence referred to this posturing of the soul as the practice of the presence of God.
The lights dim. A man walks onto the stage, a spotlight tracking his movements as he picks up his waiting guitar. As the crowd waits in muttering silence, he begins his solo. Soft music fills the air and the crowd lets out its waiting breath. Suddenly other members of the band are on stage and fill in the background for the guitar. The lyrics begin and the crowd’s voice rises to meet the lead guitarist.