Sharon Mindy

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March 2019

Faith & Spirituality

The Joy vs. Happiness Debate

Today I need to pick on a favorite pet peeve of mine. It’s when Christians say that joy and happiness are two completely different things: happiness is a fleshly emotion, and joy is a Christian virtue. Some even go so far as to say they have nothing to do with each other. This is rubbish, and I can prove it. For one thing, who are the Christians you know whom you would describe as having “the joy of the Lord”? Are they the grouchy-looking ones? The gloomy ones? No,  ...

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Faith & Spirituality

How I Became Egalitarian

I mentioned egalitarianism in my first post, and as it’s a favorite topic of mine, it’s something I’ll be featuring a lot of here. However, it’s likely that not everyone knows what this is all about. I figure a brief explanation of what “egalitarianism” is and how I came to be persuaded of it is in order. But first, a working definition of some terms I’ll be using: Egalitarianism: the view that God distributes His gifts and callings without regard  ...

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Lifestyle

The Value of Pie

Over the past month or so, I’ve been taking a class. Well, it’s not a class, exactly — just an online, self-paced, not-for-credit, “personal-enrichment” (a.k.a: navel-gazing) class, about “finding your true purpose in life.” I know, I know: it’s a little late for me to be deciding what to do with my life since at least one third of it (and probably the best one-third, at that) is behind me. How well I know! But I got the  ...

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On the Lighter Side

10 Things That Make No Sense

1. Decaf coffee. Normally in my house we don’t say the d-word, but decaf really doesn’t make any sense, people. It’s all about the caffeine. And the flavor. And without caffeine, no flavor. If you just want a hot beverage vaguely reminiscent of coffee, drink chicory. Or Cafix. Or, whatever, heat up your old used dishwater. It all tastes about the same. 2. Fast-talking disclaimers. “New, Amazing, Limited Time  ...

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