Matthew 22:37 (New International Version)
37Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.'[a]

I was challenged by a student recently. I was asked why they should worry about theology. Their argument was based on three points.

1. Christianity is Spiritual and not intellectual.
2. I have a Pastor who teaches me what I need to know.
3. I could never begin to understand Theology.

Although this doesn’t surprise me, it does concern me. It is not an uncommon reality. We as humans often shirk our responsibility. Many people believe that if they don’t think about it and just follow, they are not responsible if it is wrong. I would rather have a Pastor tell me something and I believe it. If what he tells me is wrong, I can blame the pastor for miss leading me.

I also hear people often talk about Christianity being Spiritual and not intellectual. “I do not want to muck up what the Spirit tells me to do with all that religious stuff.” I agree our faith deepened with help of the Holy Spirit. I believe the Spirit leads us and guides us, but we must engage the Holy Spirit. We engage in this relationship with study, prayer and listening. We must spend time dwelling on our faith and the Bible’s teachings.

Theology is not hard to understand or study. Theology is simply studying and thinking about God. You do not need to use big words and fancy theories to do this, only your Bible. Sitting quietly reading and then thinking about what you read is Theology. Seeking guidance from the Holy Spirit and allowing it to stoke that passion for God that resides in all humans. God will reveal His Truths to you in a way that will benefit you.


Cold Morning

Cold, is the word today. I road to work this morning with the thermometer reading 45 degrees. The start was a bit chilly, so I emerged from my warm home with full leg bibs and a warm jacket. Now these were not my winter tights, but a set of light tights I have some how collected over the years. They were perfect, I did over dress on the upper torso I was sweating greatly before I reached the halfway point. Fortunately for good layering practices, all I needed to do was unzip slightly to help regulate my core temperature.
Today was a good day. My legs responded properly and I felt quite proud to be riding on such a cool morning. This combination helped transport me to that fluid state of mind that athletes describe as "In the Flow". What a blessing.

I look forward to my evening ride home!



Life is an adventure, or at least if you make it one! One of my favorite quotes is from Teddy Roosevelt….

It is not the critic who counts, not the one who points out how the strong man stumbled or how the doer of deeds might have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred with sweat and dust and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, and spends himself in a worthy cause; who, if he wins, knows the triumph of high achievement; and who, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory or defeat.

Likewise, my Creator did not knit me together with a timid soul. He scooped down and created me in His image. Once he was finished molding me out of dirt, He breathed His Spirit into me and I breathed! He did not create me to be timid or void of passion, He created me to live and to worship Him through my life! So it is I live to do!
One of my deepest passions is for cycling. I enjoy every facet of the sport. When I am separated from it, my balance is off and I long for it. This year has been a challenge for me in this way. I have had little time to ride and indulge in my passion. However in the spirit of what I wrote above, I have found a new cycling outlet. I have been commuting to work steadily throughout the summer. Now that the nights are getting dark, I decided to invest in some high quality lights and continue to trek to and fro once or twice a week. I will admit my first night commuting home in total darkness, was no less than scary. I was on guard and nervous the whole ride, however I am now enjoying the ride home. The night is not scary, it is peaceful and I look forward to the quite solitude on the dark roads. I think my next step is trail riding at night.
I am also climbing into the ring to do battle with Cyclo-Cross racing. This is difficult due to my enormous, competitive spirit. Nothing frustrates me more than not being prepared for a race. I will have little time to train specifically for the races, but will focus on enjoying the moment.
If there is anyone interested in racing or just watching, you can hitch a ride. The first race is in Dayton, OH on Nov. 9.