True Bread From Heaven

Christ is risen! It’s a running joke in the family: “Where do you want to go eat?” “I don’t know. Where do you want to go?” What ensues now is a comedy of conversation that sees me offer several places, all of which are rejected. So, I finally say “OK, where do you want to go? What are you hungry for?” and then I hear the answer that sends us right back…

They Have No Excuse!

Christ is risen! Benjamin Franklin is quoted as saying “He that is good for making excuses is seldom good for anything else.” and yet we humans love making excuses. One of the lessons I am trying to teach my daughters is when I have to correct them not to immediately make an excuse for their behavior: “She made me do it” “I didn’t mean to” I’m sure you’ve heard them all before.…

The Feet That Buried Your Husband…

Christ is risen! OK, THAT got my attention! Bill was notorious for falling asleep in Mr. Thompson’s Lit class. To be fair, the class was right after lunch and all of us sometimes struggled to “stay focused” during some of Mr. Thompson’s lectures, but he really worked hard to keep things lively and to make the class both informative and fun. He was a good teacher. Well, this late and warm Spring…

Time to Shake Things Up!

Christ is risen! T.S. Eliot, one of the 20th century’s major poets, said: “And they write innumerable books; being too vain and distracted for silence: seeking every one after his own elevation, and dodging his emptiness.” It strikes me as significant that an author would write something like that. And, in my heart of hearts, it strikes me as painfully accurate, especially during an election season that presses the thoughtful to places…

Over 40 Years Old!

Christ is risen! It almost seems unbelievable to think that our society could actually get to the place where we say that someone has outlived their “usefulness” and withdraw medical care from them because they aren’t “worth” saving for society. And yet, we are creeping dangerously close to that mindset becoming not just acceptable but applauded! And all of this in the name of “compassion” and “loving.” So, how did we get…

Confronting the Resurrection!

Christ is risen! Confrontation is not fun. In fact, most studies show that, when given a choice, most folks prefer to avoid confrontation. And that is because confrontation isn’t usually a pleasurable experience. But confrontation and conflict are necessary to grow and mature. This has been my experience with most of the confrontations I have seen in my own life. While never enjoyable, they have usually proved informative and positive for my…

To Repent is to Refresh!

Christ is risen! I like this quote: “A vacation is what you take when you can no longer take what you’ve been taking.” Yep, I bet you know that feeling of being so fed up with the everyday activities of life that you say “STOP!” And yet, why is it that too many of my vacations have been as stressful or more stressful than my regular schedule? It’s because an actual “refreshing”…

Bright Friday – ZEAL

Christ is risen! “What would Jesus do?” That phrase was popular a few years ago, and I confess to being amused by this fad of “easy religion.” One of the main reasons was that the life of Jesus is not easily categorized as the comfortable “Jesus” we moderns would prefer. You know the “Jesus” I’m talking about: The “meek” Jesus that pats everyone on the head and tells them they are “OK,…