Fr. Barnabas, WHERE ARE YOU?

Greetings and Happy New Year. First off, let me say how grateful I am that so many have wondered where the audio devotional has gone. Even though we tried to telegraph this change starting back in September of this past year, it isn’t surprising that some folks didn’t know what was coming. Sorry. Starting in January of this year we have dropped the daily audio portion of the daily devotional. The challenges…

Make Jesus KNOWN in 2020!

Christ is born! There was a day when I actually worked as a “promotions director” for a leading media ministry. My job was to make sure the religious media consumers knew about our radio, TV, and print materials available and to get folks to watch, listen, and read our stuff. I was even a member of the Public Relations Society of America for a short time! Nowadays, it seems that “getting the…

Are you “Born Again?” You Should Be!

“You must be born again.” Hey, where I’m from, that scripture is as well worn as John 3:16. In the ’70’s fad of the “Jesus Movement” (anybody who was paying attention at all to the culture of the early ’70’s knows this) being “born again” was all the rage. Billy Graham wrote a book about it and Jimmy Carter, running for President, made being “born again” a household phrase. I remember even…

The Whole Fullness of Deity Dwells

Christ is born! And Happy New Year! There’s no getting around this. The identity of Jesus Christ is the crux on which human history rests. He’s either merely an itinerant Jewish rabbi that fell afoul of the Roman occupiers; a gifted religious teacher and philosopher and “ascended master”; a figment of the imagination of gullible people; a “great prophet” that had some good things to say; or He’s actually what the Historic…

Another New Year! Thank God

Most of us will never travel the world to share the message of Jesus Christ to others in foreign lands. In fact, statistics tell us that most Americans will only travel to 8 states in their lifetime, and some Americans will live and die in the state where they were born. And yet… Look at this note we received recently from someone in China: “Thank you,Father, I want to attend your church…

Endings And Beginnings

Christ is born! No matter how long any of us live, there’s something about the changing of the calendar that invites us to look at ourselves. Benjamin Franklin once said “Be at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let every new year find you a better man.” Great quote. And here we are at the end of one calendar year and the beginning of another. Some of us…

Give to God What Belongs to God!

Christ is born! NASA released the largest picture ever taken. It’s made up of 411 snapshots from the Hubble telescope of our nearest neighbor, the Andromeda galaxy. The picture is 1.5 billion pixels and takes 4.3 gigs of disk space to load. It’s big. But as large as the picture is, the scene it shows is even more incredible. It shows over 100 million stars and peers 40,000 light years away from…

St. Stephen and Stiff Necks

Christ is Born! “That boy is so hard headed he wouldn’t even notice a rock hitting him between the eyes.” My grandmother had a way with words, but I’ve known people like this; so set in their ways that not even plain evidence would move them to change their ways. They were frozen in their thinking. But that kind of attitude can create some real problems for people, especially when they ignore…

A Special Message from Fr. Barnabas

Christ is Born! I’m sitting in my home office on an early morning thinking about the new year right around the corner, and what God has in store for us for this precious gift of time. And my heart can’t escape the one example I see in Christ and all the saints – serve others! But how? Oh, you know me well by now. You know I love to preach. You know…

He Shall Be Called A Nazarene

Christ is born! What a busy time of year! As I was preparing for liturgy this morning, I was contemplating my schedule and caught myself becoming distracted from the time of prayer that the liturgy calls me to embrace. I had to exercise my will to banish this distraction so that I could singularly focus on the prayer at hand. And, to varying degrees of success, I was able to refocus my…