Beanery Online Literary Magazine

October 3, 2009

“Singing My Victory Song

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“SINGING MY VICTORY SONG”

Della Spearman

Going to do the Lord’s battle today

Taking my buckler, sword and shield,

Armed with my worship odes and poems,

There’s an arsenal of inspiring praise songs.

 

I’m looking at Jehosophat as my guide,

And I’m stretching out on obedient faith

Marching to (more…)

September 30, 2008

FAITH THROWN OVERBOARD

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FAITH THROWN OVERBOARD
PHILIP LETIZIA

     Many people who hear the word faith feel the bitter cold rush of uneasiness creep up their spine. How can so many people be sure about things? they ask. How can they claim to have a better grasp on all of this than I do?
     Faith is certainty to many. Unwavering. Commitment. Belief in something no one can see, and no one can feel. How can you be sure?
     Those who believe, those who hold tight to faith or a certainty in things not quite understood, still have room for uncertainty, for doubt, and for questions. Yes, the uncertainty is still there. The lie we’ve bought and sold, the lie told to those of us who are less certain, the lie that we can never be allowed to see, is (more…)

August 8, 2008

DRESSING FOR BLESSING: GOD AND FASHION Part 2

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DRESSING FOR BLESSING: GOD AND FASHION   Part 2
—by Kathleen Clark

(to read Part 1 click on DRESSING FOR BLESSING: GOD AND FASHION Part 1)

GETTING PERSONAL
Personal church attendance spans many years. My parents always accompanied me, shepherding my Christian upbringing, though I don’t recall Mom or Dad as being particularly religious. We went rather consistently, but they weren’t strict. Sunday School was standard and when I became older (more…)

August 6, 2008

DRESSING FOR BLESSING: God and Fashion Part 1

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DRESSING FOR BLESSING: GOD AND FASHION   Part 1
—by Kathleen Clark

Sunday dressing. Wearing our best! When and why did it all begin? It’s a practice derived from the long held belief that giving and getting God’s best extends to how we look, especially on the most sacred day of the week.

Actually the specific day isn’t so important, because people worship on different days, but looking good for the service is. A broad spectrum of the Christian community; Protestant and Catholic alike, adhere to principles of “wearing our best.” Thus, conforming or not conforming to a particular set of accepted dress rules is sure fire way (more…)

June 3, 2008

PERTAINING TO THE SPIRIT

—written by Joe F. Stierheim

Webster’s dictionary defines spirituality as pertaining to the spirit. The definition of spirit is the inspiring principle or dominant influence. Both of these terms are heard in our society primarily in the context of religion and always in relation to humanity. But what, actually, is spirituality? (more…)

May 19, 2008

DEFINING GOD

—written by Joe F. Stierheim

For thousands of years man has believed in a deity (or deities). The beliefs have taken many forms but all have hinged on one concept and that is that man can successfully define God. Before one can worship any entity, one must decide of what that entity consists. The first definitions were probably of obvious things—a tree, a mountain, the sun. They could have been natural phenomena, perhaps storms or earthquakes.

When man began to conceive of God as being less a physical object or phenomenon and something that is more ethereal such as an intelligence or source, definition got trickier. That didn’t stop man. He poured his (more…)