Articles by Aaron Prill


Imago Dei Church – multi-generational, missional, and Anglican – moves into Bangor’s historic ‘Brick’ church

on Sept. 02, 2014, at 8:07 p.m.
Imago Dei Anglican Church has moved from their meeting location at the Kenneth Anderson Community House in Orono to Bangor's historic 'Brick' church located at the corner of Union and Main Street. The first service at this new location is this Sunday, September 7th at 10:00 AM. I've had the pleasure of getting to know some of the men and women that attend and serve at Imago Dei these last few weeks and months, and I am excited for the new spiritual life that they will undoubtedly usher back into this aging landmark.

‘Day of Hope’ coming to Bangor Waterfront September 20th

on Aug. 18, 2014, at 11:59 a.m.
Convoy of Hope, a non-profit organization out of Missouri, has partnered with organizations and local churches in the Bangor area to offer a 'Day of Hope' on the Bangor Waterfront Saturday, September 20th. The purpose of this event is to simply serve those in need in our area by way of free medical and dental screenings, haircuts, grocery distribution, a hot food area, fun for the kids (Kid's Zone with bounce houses, etc), clothing items, and much more.

Jesus in The Beatitudes, and the tension of today’s Christian

on July 08, 2014, at 10:31 a.m.
Biblical justice seeks righteousness, often times at the expense of what we determine is fair in a democratic society governed by man. Only through God's mercy are we justified and made righteous before Him. Contrarily, democratic justice seeks fairness, often times at the expense of the Biblical righteousness God commands of us. Only through man-made laws are we able to live 'justly' with one another.

Why I don’t watch ‘Game of Thrones’

on June 20, 2014, at 3:30 p.m.
Another season of 'Game of Thrones' has come and gone, and it seems to be as wildly popular as ever. From the comments in my social media feeds, it is clearly evident people from all values streams are unabashed fans of the show. While I'm not going to spend time in this post 'judging' the people that do watch it, whether they are Christian or not, I will refer to an article from a Christian organization that does a good job illustrating why my wife and I steer clear of the show.

Responding to my pro-abortion critics, and offering a better way

on June 18, 2014, at 3:08 p.m.
I suppose I expected that offering alternatives to a specific Bangor area abortion provider would result in some flack. However, as I read the letters printed in the BDN in response to my online-only blog post 'Things to consider before visiting a Bangor abortion clinic' from May 4th, I could not help but think how they were actually making my point for me. The point of course being that clinics like the Mabel Wadsworth Center push abortion ahead of all other choices available to women. The proof for this claim is in the words of these 2 respondents.

The key to Bruce Poliquin’s primary victory [that no one is talking about]

on June 11, 2014, at 2:41 p.m.
The most prominent race in Tuesday's primary election was in the bid to secure the GOP nomination for Maine CD2 - the seat Mike Michaud is vacating in his run for Governor. How did Bruce Poliquin pull off such a decisive 12 point victory in a race where the presumed favorite of party faithful was Kevin Raye? Well, there was one key to victory that no one else is really talking about.

Voting Pro-Life in Tuesday’s Primary Election

on June 09, 2014, at 9:06 a.m.
I don't often get political on 'Counter Culture', but when I do it's typically to speak up for the unborn. In fact, there's probably not a stance more counter to today's culture than to defend life in the public square. The most prominent race in Tuesday's primary election is in the bid to fill Mike Michaud's Congressional seat that he's vacating in his run for Governor. As a point of information, there's one Pro-Life candidate on the Republican side -- Bruce Poliquin. Interestingly, Troy Jackson on the Democrat side also describes himself as 'broadly pro-life'. His voting record on life is much stronger than we typically get from a democrat, and even more so than Poliqiun's pro-abortion opponent, Kevin Raye.

BELIEF SERIES: Evolutionary ‘soul searching’ with regards to eternal life

on May 23, 2014, at 3:06 p.m.
When a person acknowledges that along with our physical bodies we also have souls -- an affirmation reached by most non-atheists -- one must naturally concede these souls of ours must go somewhere after our last earthly breath is taken. If our bodies are nothing more than highly evolved molecular life without a soul, and all that is left of us simply rots away after death, then our life becomes meaningless. But to accept the claims of macro-evolution alongside the belief that the human race has souls, one must jump through hoops.

The Ben Sauer story: heartache and hope from a blogging mom amid the unthinkable

on May 15, 2014, at 1:21 p.m.
No family should ever have to watch their child die, let alone in barely 3 months from a rare and aggressive form of brain cancer. Ben Sauer celebrated his 5th birthday with his twin brother just 8 days before he passed away. One can't help but think about how different it must have been for the family just one year prior, on the 4th birthday, when not a hint of sickness was in little Ben. Or even just a few months prior, in the family Christmas photo, when the cancer still had not yet reared it's ugly head. Furthermore, no one should have to go through such a tragedy alone. In years past it would typically be close relatives, and maybe the local community, that would rally and help shoulder the grief and heart ache. But in today's blogging and social media era, thousands have followed the heart-wrenching story of little Ben Sauer while his mom, Mindy, has blogged every grief-stricken detail, while at the same time maintaining an eternal focus filled with life-giving hope.

Have smart phones become enemy number 1 to having real relationships and productive lives?

on May 07, 2014, at 2:36 p.m.
There is a recurring trend in recent online videos to demonstrate how attached we have grown to our mobile devices, specifically smart phones. If we consider the old saying 'a picture is worth a thousand words', then videos like the ones that follow are worth so much more. One in particular, called 'Look Up' has over 27 million views (as of this writing) since it was first posted on April 25th. The basic premise is that we're missing out on much of life -- and possible relationships -- by failing to 'look up' from our phones.

Things to consider before going to a Bangor abortion clinic; You are never alone

on May 04, 2014, at 10:42 a.m.
Getting pregnant was not part of your plan, and now you're deciding what to do about the baby growing inside of you. You don't feel ready to have a baby. You may have gotten pregnant by accident, and you're worried what others will think of you. You're worried about what your parents or friends might say, or how they might react. You searched for Bangor abortion clinics and it brought you to this article. You're wondering what you should know before going to a Bangor abortion clinic, or maybe you're concerned about the risks associated with abortion. Or maybe you weren't aware that there were risks, and you're just scared. That's OK. It's OK to be scared.

How UK tabloids saved Josie Cunningham’s unborn baby

on April 29, 2014, at 4:39 a.m.
Our society by and large champions a woman's right to abort. The prevailing sentiment is that a pregnant woman should be able to choose to end the life of her baby if it is determined to be inconvenient or unexpected. Furthermore, most pro-choice advocates affirm that a woman's ambitions, regardless of circumstance, should be able to take precedence over the life of an unborn baby, even when there is no threat to the life of the mother. Well, consider the case over the past couples weeks in the UK of Josie Cunningham --

Lord, I was born a ramblin’ man

on April 08, 2014, at 8:40 p.m.
It pays the bills, provides the health insurance, a sense of professional value -- of stability. Eliminate it and I’d be forced to do something else. But what else? I’m 34 years old and have been in the same profession since I chose it by default in college, and have been in the same position with the same company since I was 24.

Imagine a life with less, to have time for… more?

on March 26, 2014, at 10:46 a.m.
My last post was one of a new direction for Counter Culture. I explained that this change stems from a desire to write more freely -- more simply. This same attitude is something my wife and I have decided to carry-over into all facets of our lives -- as much as is possible with a newborn and a toddler. We have committed to living more simply. Not 'sell all your belongings' simply, but rather 'use what we have more wisely and with more intentionality' -- simply. Ponder on these thoughts more a moment:

A new baby, a new direction for ‘Counter Culture’, and a desire for simplicity

on March 13, 2014, at 2:56 p.m.
My second son was born last week. What a wonderful blessing. However, with such a life change comes a time to re-evaluate priorities and goals. So often we get caught up in the day-to-day that we forget what direction we're even going in life. It is because of this reflective attitude that I've decided to change directions in what I write about here on Counter Culture. I've already updated the header graphic and the About page, so you probably have an idea of the direction I will be going.

4 reasons why you can’t miss out on being part of BGR Local – Bangor’s newest website

on Feb. 28, 2014, at 3:51 p.m.
Attention Content Creators -- Have you heard about Yeah, well most people haven't yet either -- but that's about to change and YOU can get in on the ground floor. Here's 4 reasons why you can't miss out on being part of the next big website to come to our region...

UMaine student groups team up for February 27th Day of Prayer with ‘missional’ focus

on Feb. 14, 2014, at 3:41 p.m.
UMaine chapters of the InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, Navigators, and Campus Crusade for Christ (Cru) are teaming up to provide prayer and worship opportunities for students during the 2014 Collegiate Day of Prayer. Everyone -- community members and students -- are invited to attend and participate.

Proponents explain need for Maine Religious Liberty Bill

on Feb. 01, 2014, at 9:35 a.m.
I recently reached out to proponents of LD 1428: An Act to Protect Religious Freedom -- also referred to as the 'Maine Religious Liberty Bill' -- which was debated before the Maine House earlier this month, and expected to go before the Maine Senate in the coming days. There's a lot of 'noise' and 'scare tactics' out there concerning this bill, and reading the text of the bill isn't much help in understanding it. Therefore, this article serves to clear the air for people like me who were looking for clear and understandable reasons to support it.

Maine Supreme Court ruling allowing children to choose their own bathroom sets harmful precedent

on Jan. 31, 2014, at 10:31 a.m.
The Maine Supreme Court ruling that legally allows 'a child to use the school bathroom designated for the gender with which he or she identifies' [regardless of their anatomy and born gender] has certainly set a precedent. To put it plainly, with this precedent now in place, nothing prevents any young boy from identifying himself as a girl just to go obtain access to the girls bathroom at school. Setting aside all the politically charged debate surrounding this issue, clearer minds should have prevailed. If a young person still has boy anatomy, then that provides safety and privacy concerns if they're allowed into the girls bathroom -- period. The school in this particular case did the proper thing to direct this young person to use the private bathroom. They were protecting all of their students, while working through an unfamiliar situation with another.

Equality through Christian principles: MLK Jr. in his own words

on Jan. 20, 2014, at 3:37 p.m.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, a Baptist minister, is best known for his dream of racial equality in America -- a dream we are still working to fully realize today. While many professing Christians were on the wrong side of the fire hoses and lunch counters in Birmingham and elsewhere during the Black Civil Rights struggle, King -- a devout Christ-follower -- trusted in the full armor of God to ultimately overcome his contemporary adversaries.
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