Tragedy Turned to Triumph!

It’s got to be terribly frustrating to the enemy of our souls when God takes what the devil meant to harm us and turns it around to be for our benefit! I mean how would you feel if your best weapons turned out to harm you rather than your intended target! Take physical death, for example. We humans avoid the topic as often as we can. The fear of death drives most…

It’s Worth It; Even With The Pain

There’s an old Gospel song I remember from my youth: “If heaven was never promised to me; even God’s promise to live eternally; it’s been worth just having the Lord in my life. Living in a world of darkness, He came along and brought me the Light.” People of faith have always been secretly envied by people who just can’t seem to believe. I guess that’s why others have treated people of…

My Brothers Betrayed Me!

It hurt. If I’m honest, it still hurts. I was taken advantage of. I was treated badly. I was embarrassed by my naivete, and I was angry at the one who had taken advantage of me. It was especially hard because I thought they loved me, and it was painful to finally realize they didn’t love me at all. I wanted revenge! But then I remembered the saying by Confucius – “Before…

The Fantasy of Equity

There is a modern poverty, almost a sickness of the soul and mind, of we moderns that we seem to insist that there be equality in outcomes rather than work for equality of opportunity for everyone. When we fall into the trap of insisting there be an equality of outcomes, we easily fall into the prison of the illusion of “fairness.” And that always leads to someone being a perpetual victim. I…

Tomorrow is the Last Day!

We are so grateful for everyone who has participated in the Celebration of Fr. Barnabas’ 61st Birthday! Thank you! Tomorrow is the day and ut’s the last day of our Fundraiser to honor Fr. Barnabas for his birthday. You can still participate by clicking the PayPal link here! https://www.paypal.com/donate?hosted_button_id=EBZ76697E7M98

Getting Parishioners Back to Church

I am honored to be the keynote speaker at the upcoming San Fransisco Metropolis Clergy/Laity this Friday and excited to join the Stewardship Town Hall Series from the SF Metropolis next Monday! Let’s get folks back in Church! There’s still time to register!  

You Thief! You Liar!

“He’s a liar!” Yep, he sure is, and his actions send ripples throughout his life and the lives of so many others. We were discussing a politician we both knew. But, here’s the rub; this politician held many of the same values and positions we both felt strongly about. However, this politician had been caught in a public and inescapable lie, and not just any lie, like “I really did finish my…

The Test

“But I don’t understand!” How many times have I said these very words concerning something I was going through in my life? If I had a nickel for every time I said this or heard this, especially from my children, I’d be very wealthy. And I really don’t understand why God does what He does; why He allows what He allows, and why He doesn’t do what I think is obvious He…

Are We Negotiating?

“So, now we’re negotiating.” It was a great moment. We had been going back and forth for a while and finally had agreed on a course of action and all that was left to do was determine the details. You see, it had become clear to me that we were not really on the same page about the general vision and direction we wanted the ministry to go and if we were…

From Abram to Abraham!

“A rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” Well, sure, but the name “rose” captures that smell perfectly, doesn’t it? You see names matter. They aren’t merely random labels we attach to things, places, and persons. That kind of thinking has gotten us in deep trouble as a society! No, it is no mistake that one of the first jobs God gave Adam was to “name” things! Names reveal (or…