The stories and songs of my life, told for my 3 sons. Hoping that my journey from religion to faith and following Jesus will inform their teenage years and becoming young men.
Songs on the podcast are available as a playlist on Google Play Music: My 3 Sons
Most areas of our lives demand we fit in and wear the right socks. This can be a struggle, especially when you're really unique and an individual. How do you balance the tension between conforming without being religious about it all? Wanna be a Clone is a song by Steve Taylor that captures the contradiction that churches often present as they talk about faith but sometimes demonstrate religion. While the dilemma lives in my life the question remains, and you should ask yourself how to fix faith without falling into religion.
There are plenty of lies being told and sometimes we believe them. We don't mean to, it is just we get caught up in living and slowly start pursuing things that aren't any good. Money won't make you happy, I know you think you're different and it would make you happy, but possessions don't necessarily enrich our lives. Sometimes they clutter our living and keep us away from what we love.
Here a few of the lies I believed, be reminded of some of the lies you've told (they're kind of amusing), and then here a song from a band called Allies.
You've grown up listening to Mum and I talk about Jesus and the different perspective and emphasis he be to our lives. In fact you been surrounded by talk and stories of Jesus but looking me, you're going to have to decide for yourself who he is. Listen to the Michael W. Smith song, "could he be the Messiah?" and think about the question. Was Jesus just some guy from history, or somebody more? Someone who suggests a counterintuitive way to live? You get to decide.
Ever got in for trouble and realised that you were wrong? I have on plenty of occasions through the years. But one time really sticks with me. One line from the song in this episode asks, "what do we mean by Christianity?"
This is question that asked a lot when I was younger and still consider today! Surely it isn't about fitting in and looking like everyone else? I mean some Christians are kind of cool, but so many are such bores, and just a little hypocritical!
Can we follow Jesus but go against the grain of societal norms and mindless religion?
Listen to the Altar Boys song Against the Grain from the 1987 album, Against the Grain.
Is there anything good about sleeping in a public toilet? Attitude can change any situation and positivity is a characteristic that makes others want to be around you. Finding yourself and your place in the world will be a journey that requires focus. So focus on the good, we're usually totally surrounded by it.