Thursday, January 23, 2014

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Muffins...and they're healthy

So awhile back Jared and I went through a vegan phase.  We read a book called The China Study, which argues that the majority of our health problems is caused by animal products – meat, dairy, eggs, etc.  It’s a pretty interesting book backed by a ton of research (some of it I skipped because it got really technical).  As a result, we got kind of serious about going vegan because of the health benefits.  However, it’s a pretty big lifestyle change, and with two little kids who can be quite picky at times (and a husband who loves to eat meat), it didn’t last long.

But along the way, I did learn a lot of ways to cut out animal products from everyday foods.  And, I came across some really great recipes that we wouldn’t have otherwise tried.  I also became a little more health conscious about what I serve to my family and have made an attempt (sometimes good, sometimes bad) to healthify (I don’t think that’s a word) a lot of what we eat. 

So, here is a recipe that I wanted to share.  It’s a muffin recipe, one of several that I have, because we (I) make a lot of muffins around here.  They’re really easy for breakfast and for snacks, and a lot healthier than a little Debbie or cookies or what not. 

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Why Go To Church?

Since I wrote this post, my view on church has changed a bit, through much reading, thinking, and praying.  I hope to share these views sometime in the future, though I don't know when.  In the meantime, you are welcome to read this post and comment. Thank you!

There is a big movement right now of people leaving church.  Not because they have lost their faith in Jesus, but because they have lost their faith in the church.  These people are pointing out some very interesting things to think about when it comes to our attending church each Sunday.  They point out that most Christians today seem to think our main Christian “duty” is to attend church.  They point out that church is meaningless the way it is ran today; it’s too formal with all of the traditions.  And I think I agree with some of what they say. 

After I came across this movement, I began to question going to church as well.  And now that it’s been on my mind for several weeks, I think maybe I’ve pinpointed what bothers me about it.