Stubborn

Christ is risen! It was a dramatic moment in the courtroom. I was a witness for the prosecution since I had been the arresting officer in the case. But I was only one witness and the defendant was insisting he wasn’t the one who was driving the car when the accident occurred. Then, another witness came to testify. It was the man’s brother who had been in the car with him that…

Misunderstood, As Usual!

Christ is risen! He was wondering why I was looking at him in such an intense way. He had just said something that I completely misunderstood, and, if he meant what I thought he meant, well, let’s just say we may need to step outside! Once he realized I misunderstood him, his confusion turned to panic and he immediately started to explain himself. Whew! That was close. But that’s the way of…

Timing Is Everything!

Christ is risen! There’s a great quote by Dan Millman “I learned that we can do anything, but we can’t do everything… at least not at the same time. So think of your priorities, not in terms of what activities you do, but when you do them. Timing is everything!” I can’t tell you how many times I tried to “force” something to happen before it was the right time and how…

That Offends Me!

Christ is risen! He looked at me and said something I never expected: “Conflict is necessary for close friendship and healthy relationships.” What? I hated hearing that. In fact, it made me question whether I was trusting the right person with this particular challenge. It was a sticky situation that meant I had to confront someone with a hard truth, and I was trying to avoid that, if at all possible. But…

The Living Bread

Christ is risen! There is actually a mental health condition called thanatophobia – the fear of death. This phobia drives those who suffer from this malady to be afraid of doing anything. But, in reality, having anxiety about one’s mortality is actually normal in us humans. Why do you think that is? Could it be that a part of us instinctively understands we weren’t made for mortality? We were made for life…

I Will Raise Him Up At The Last Day

Christ is risen! “Pie in the Sky thinking is bad!” Well, that’s what he insisted was true. He insisted that my claim that we should live our lives with an eternal perspective was wrong because he insisted I would neglect the “right now” for the “Pie in the sky.” Even the great poet Henry David Thoreau, on his deathbed, when asked if he had any thoughts about what comes next, famously said…

Real Food Saves

Christ is risen! In the church I was raised we just didn’t do the Lord’s Supper very often. In fact, there are years where I can’t remember if we did it at all through a particular year. And that didn’t strike me as strange or unusual. After all, it was just a “memorial” of a past event. Nothing more. Imagine my surprise when I learned that this attitude towards the Bread and…

Sort Out Your Priorities

Christ is risen! My mother had a famous saying to me and my brother when we were little. It usually came out when we didn’t want to do something like clean our rooms or do other chores. Usually, it was because I either wanted to keep playing or watch TV. But then, the depth charge comment would appear! “You can do what you want to do WHEN you do what you have…

The Dangers of Intoxicated Living

Christ is risen! “Step right up Ladies and Gentlemen, see the most amazing sights you could ever imagine!” You’ve heard these words before. Carnival barkers trying to get you to spend the money to see the “amazing snake boy, half boy, half-snake!” Or the “amazing Elephant Man.” Curiosity, entertainment, something “different,” something “tantalizing.” And it works. Of course, it works, they wouldn’t keep doing it if it didn’t work! We, humans, are…