Bible, Christianity, Essays and Articles, Lifestyle & Culture, Society and Culture

I Believe, But I Don’t Read

The Bible consists of 66 books. How can someone claim to bring honor to Someone who has never read about how to honor Him? How can someone call himself, or herself, a “Bible teacher”, but has never studied the Bible? How can we get in passionate debates, and discussions, on Bible passages and things we’ve heard others say about the Bible, but we have never read the Bible for ourselves?

For example, some of the people accessing this content probably have a Facebook page because this content was also published on Facebook. Did those individuals actually  take the time to read the Facebook Terms and Conditions before they began using Facebook? Whether, or not they read those Terms and Conditions, they entered into a contract in order to use Facebook. Who signs contracts, but doesn’t read them, first? The person who didn’t read the Terms and Conditions, but uses Facebook, does not know to what Terms and Conditions he, or she, has agreed. Each party of the contract has to give something up, and/or bring something to the table.

In the military, soldiers honor their countries because they took the time to study its customs and conduct and their environment constantly reminds them of those national customs and conduct. In school, my teachers new their subjects because they studied their subjects and usually, we had a classroom environment to constantly remind us of what we were learning. And in college, I wasn’t paying anyone to waste my time making comments on a subject which he, or she, had not studied.

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30 Days of Thankfulness, Challenges

Day #31 – I’m thankful that trends eventually fade away

Honestly, I don’t like trends because that usually means that lots of people are doing and/or, saying and/or thinking the same thing(s). I’ve never “fit-in”, and I’ve never been a “follower”. I’m more of an “anti-trendster” because if I see a trend which I think is cool, I generally don’t participate in it until it is no longer popular amongst the masses.

I’m sitting here trying to think of trends which I waited to embrace. One which I can think of off the top of my head is Facebook. I could be wrong, but I waited until 2009 to open my Facebook account for the simple fact that it was so popular amongst my friends and associates. So, i don’t do trends. What about?

Do you follow trends? Which are your favorites?

Challenges, Thank You

Thank You

A few months ago, I challenged myself to reflect on 30 reasons why I’m thankful, and to write about them. That challenge ended a few weeks ago, and I’m more thankful than ever. So, now, I’m going to post more often about the things, experiences, and people, for which I’m thankful. I believe that thankfulness helps us to be more content in our daily lives.

So, the tab on this site which read, “30 Days of Thankfulness” now simply reads, “Thank You”.

Join me each and I’ll share why I’m thankful!


Share Why You’re Thankful!

You can share why your thankful on the TDarrisBlog by posting in the comments sections of each post, or, if you send your “Thankfulness Story” to me via e-mail, teyunatdarris@gmail.com, your story could be featured on the TDarrisBlog.


30 Days of Thankfulness, Challenges

Day #29 – I’m thankful for the opportunities to earn an education

In a previous post, I shared that I’m thankful for the freedom to choose. As a part of that freedom, I chose to become educated, and I I choose to be a lifelong learner. This is because the world is full of great things, ideas and people, and I’d like to learn about them while I’m along for the ride called, “life”. I enjoy learning at the University, and I also enjoy learning through interaction with people, the Internet, and exhibitions.

I want to focus this post on the fact that I am thankful that I have been educated through all of these means, and I am grateful to everyone who has taught me. I am one of the few of the billions of people in the world who is preparing to work on a doctoral degree, and has the time, knowledge skills and abilities to write scholarly essays and articles. I think that it’s safe to say that most of the people in the world could care less because they have to concern themselves with caring for themselves and their families and therefore don’t have the time, resources or opportunities to earn an education. And that’s okay, because there’s nothing wrong with providing for one’s family.

But, I’m thankful that I can use the education I’ve earned to help others in their areas of need.

God, I thank you for blessing me with the opportunities You’ve given me to become educated.

Bible, Christianity, Lifestyle & Culture, Society and Culture

Those Christians & Stuff

I often come across YouTube videos and Internet articles through which people of different ages, and backgrounds, ask questions about Jesus Christ, Christianity, Christians, the Bible, the Church, church culture, etc., and other topics, as it pertains to these. It’s been on my heart to answer the questions through my blog, for now.

No, I’m not a pastor, or a clergymember. I am a Christian who studies the Bible and seeks to do what it says— and sometimes I get it right, and other times, I don’t, just like the Bible said would happen.

So, feel free to send any questions you may have on any of these, and other topics, and what the Bible says about them, and I will do my best to answer you. Also, I may have guest bloggers to respond to some of your questions, too— sometimes, they do a better job at explaining things than I do. Either way, we’ll post the responses to your questions on this blog.

The purpose of this page is just to help others to get a better understanding of Jesus Christ and Christianity and what the Bible says about them, and other things we deal with in life. Both Christians and non-Christians are welcome to post questions on this page.

You can send your questions to me at teyunatdarris@gmail.com, or post them in the comments section of this page. You are welcome to send your questions anonymously, if you’d like.

Check out this video, called, “What in the World is a Christian?” by Impact Videos Productions. Their YouTube Channel can be found here.

30 Days of Thankfulness, Challenges

Day #27 – I’m thankful for electricity

If you are reading this post, then electricity had something to do with. You could be reading this post on paper. But the simple fact that this post was first published on the Internet (which is currently inseparable from electricity), it was readable because of electricity.

We Americans are blessed beyond compare. More often, than not, we walk into rooms and flick switches, clap hands, or simply walk in, and the room is powered by electricity enabling us to watch television, play video games, talk on telephones, charge mobile phones and cook food indoors without the need for fire and fuel sources.

Electricity, like any resource, can be wasted. So, I admonish each of you to use it wisely and in a conservative manner. Why leave a light on when no one is in the room to use the light? Of course, certain appliances, like the refrigerator and freezer, should remain powered. But is it necessary to keep items which are not essential to our well-being powered on? I’m not being a “treehugger”, I just hope to get you thinking about the resources we have and consider how we can keep them for as long as possible.

I’m also making these points because I’ve learned that the electric company charges for the low charge that remains constant while your DVD player, radio and television are sitting their plugged into the wall waiting for you to come and watch and listen to them again. After I learned this, I started unplugging things which I am not currently using—with the exception of (again) the refrigerator, freezer and other necessary items.

30 Days of Thankfulness, Challenges, Communicatios and Media

Day #25 – I’m thankful for media

Simply put: it is through media that we get informed and entertained. So, I’m thankful. Today, I want to share a short video on how media influences society (I’m a communications and media major, so these things stand-out to me :-).

Feel free to share you comments.