Inspired by conversations with a young adult who had profound questions about becoming his own person in the face of the confusion of present day social challenges. Practical help is offered in the search for meaning, purpose and authenticity. A fresh approach towards faith for the nonreligious or a rational use of Christianity by the faithful are both addressed. This is a practical consideration of such subjects as evil, Satan and other ancient religious metaphors, giving them a modern context by which they can be understood and dealt with. The difference between superstition and faith, the need for authentic spiritual experience rather than emotional misapplication goes hand in hand with a clear identification of the soul and the spiritual changes that can happen in a person who seeks. This book seeks to center the person by establishing their solidity, recognizing the uniqueness of others, and laying a foundation for social relationships and responsibility. At the same time religious concepts are given new life, some put in their place and faith as an experience illustrated. This book encourages an understanding of how the language of psychology and faith cover the same issues. The Divine is never far away from the reader as the 12 chapters unfold the various subjects covered by the original conversations. This book engages both the intellect and the emotions as well as something else that is evoked and given expression, namely the spiritual reality of the person.
Why the Red Sock Ministry?
The idea of the Red Sock Ministry is my private rebellion against the drabness of religious dogma and restrictive beliefs. Instead, red socks signify for me the serendipity of God’s creative presence all around us, therefore I have worn red socks every Sundays for the past 30 years to remind me of the interactive presence of God all around us. He is the love that exists at the heart of everything.
If this resonates within you then join me in the adventure of pursuing a relationship with the omnipresent love of the Divine, in which everything moves and has its being.
-Rev. Peter D. Snow
So many enjoy sharing their opinion of you, but what do they know? You may dance to their tune and say exactly what they want, but that doesn't change anything.They will just move the goal posts to keep you pandering to them, trying to earn their approval.
No, not looking for other's approval or positive opinion of you frees you to be yourself. This is a solid place to stand, and since that place is founded on God's hope for you, there is no second guessing. Messing up, failing or pulling a stupid becomes something to talk about, laugh at, and even learn from. You don't have to wear any of it. You are free, walking in the shadow of God, without fear of ridicule, and daring to rejoice at who you are, with all your bits and pieces on display.
"World, what you see is what you get. Like it?"