The Cornerstone!

C.S. Lewis said it best: “Christianity, if false, is of no importance, and if true, of infinite importance, the only thing it cannot be is moderately important.” So true! You see, the Christian Faith isn’t merely a set of moral teachings. All religious systems have that, and most of them are fairly similar. The Christian Faith isn’t merely the cultural tradition of this or that people-group, though it certainly has become that…

Afraid of the Truth

There are actually some people who welcome facing hard truths. I’m not one of them, but surely there has to be one! Dr. David Hawkins once said “Healing always involves facing truths we’d rather not face and accepting responsibility we’d rather not accept.” I wonder why that is? What is it about facing up to reality that is so difficult for we humans? Is it just a fear of having to change?…

It’s Time to Clean this Place OUT!

The lady was being interviewed on British television about the steep decline in church attendance in Britain. You’ve seen these “man on the streets” reports. The reporter goes out and talks to random people about a certain subject, and what usually happens is that these reports reveal just how uninformed or inattentive many people are about important issues of the day. This was no exception. Britain has seen so many churches actually…

True Peace

In A.D. 70 the Roman general Titus surrounded the city of Jerusalem. The Empire had had enough of rebellions of the Jews and sought to bring to an end to the rebel’s take over of the city in A.D. 66. The total destruction of the Jewish Temple during the Roman attack brought to an end centuries of Jewish worship and priestly ministry in the Temple. It was not rebuilt, and Judaism changed…

SHOP! It’s Black Friday

And they’re off! The sales, the markdowns, the deals, all conspiring to get us to spend, spend, spend. The competition is hot. The deals are unrepeatable. Knock that person ahead of you down. Reach across that lady’s grasp. Get here first! Fight, fight, fight! No thanks. Black Friday sales and the whole hoopla associated with it is the ugliest part of our consumer society. It reduces us to mere consumers and our…

Thanksgiving

I hated what was coming and, what made it worse was, it was unavoidable. It was a confrontation with a supervisor that had been building for some time, and it wasn’t going to be pretty. As he and I sat in the office of the consultant that the company had brought in to help several employees come to some resolution with a common challenge we all had with this supervisor, it was…

Blessed Are You Among Women

We are a people strongly shaped by an inherent mistrust of all authority except our own and we hold to the notion of equality to the point of idolatry. This might be good for having a culture shaped exclusively by free market ideals and entrepreneurship, but it might not serve us well in embracing ideas much older than either of these two philosophies. Look at our Gospel Lesson for today in Luke…

Look Inward, Look Upward!

One of the most fundamental marks of maturity is the clear and unmistakable realization that actions have consequences. Ideas have consequences because they become actions. And avoiding consequences is always a sign of immaturity. No wonder our modern world is struggling, as it has always struggled, with the consequences of ideologies and actions. And we see it everywhere. From the sad state of affairs in the war-torn Middle East, to our very…

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The Kingdom is a PERSON, Not a Place!

Through all of human history, humanity has conceived of the “perfect” society and each time we humans have endeavored to build it, it turned out to either fail or become a nightmare. In 1787, the Founding Fathers of the United States met in Independence Hall in Philadelphia to hammer out the Constitution of the United States, the governing document of the nation. When a lady asked Benjamin Franklin outside the Hall “Well,…