The 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…

Glorify Him!

Christ is Born! “Where did she go?” As a father, that question sent chills up my spine! Our youngest had wandered off and I couldn’t see her. It was a crowded area and all my police training had me imagining the worst. Not knowing where she was was a terror I don’t think I had ever felt. And I have been shot at! By God’s grace, she was found just moments later…

Christ IS Born!

Tonight’s the night! And my girls are absolutely thrilled to go to bed after Liturgy this evening! Why? Not because it’s bedtime, but because after Liturgy in the morning, we’re going to open presents and eat sweets and generally celebrate! It really is the most wonderful time of the year on many levels! But, for me, it’s the prayers, the liturgy, and the worship that captures my attention and joy. For most…

Merry Christmas!

  Thank you to all who have written, emailed, and given at this time of year! We are so very grateful to you and we pray your celebration of the Feast will bring you closer to becoming by grace what Christ is by nature. This is the salvation of the whole universe! Don’t forget to attend worship this Christmas and sing for joy that Christ is Born!

Truly Living!

“I don’t believe in God.” “OK,” I told him. “Tell me about this god you don’t believe in.” This young man began describing Zeus. You know, a god who is vindictive and angry; who punishes the mortals with the lightning bolts of pain and sorrow. This god tries to control humans through threats and rewards. As the young man kept describing this “god” he didn’t believe in, I discovered I agreed with…

Are You Content?

“You are so blessed!” Those were the words said to the lady who had just gotten a big raise at work! And, it was true. But there is a danger here. In many cultures and even religions, the idea that to be rich is to be favored by God is a popular belief. This notion says that if someone is blessed with great wealth then God has given this wealth to them…

Principles To Treat Everyone Right!

“Well, to be fair…” I cringed when I heard these words because I knew what followed was an attempt by the speaker to shut down the discussion. After all, everyone wants “to be fair,” don’t we? Of course, we want to be “fair.” It seems to be an ingrained and foundational “sense” we humans all share. This idea that there should be an equality of treatment no matter who you are is…

How NOT To Abandon The Faith

It seems we Southerners have an “old saying” for everything. When I was in Boston for seminary, a young man from another part of the country asked me “Barnabas, is there a book I can buy with all these Southern sayings in them?” I laughed and told him “No, son, we Southerners guard these sayings very closely!” Of course, there are tons of books out there that recount all our “old sayings.”…

Which of Us Is the Greatest?

I remember as a boy dreading recess at school. You see, I was a bit of a bookworm and not very athletic, and so when it came to being picked for teams, I was usually the kid who got picked last. Ugh! I hated that. It was embarrassing and it made me feel like a loser! Of course, when report card time came, all the jocks wished they were me! We humans…

Solving the Puzzle

Sometimes you have to wonder why we so easily miss it. You know, the obvious stuff that, once we see it, we wonder how we missed it in the first place! My girls like those puzzles where you are supposed to find the hidden pictures in a larger picture, but invariably I hear this little voice beside me say “Daddy, help me find the sock!” And, once we do, we both say…