The End From The Beginning

It is said that the greatest chess players “see” at least 4 moves ahead at all times. This is why they can anticipate their opponents’ moves and be ready for them. But most of us simply don’t think that far ahead in our lives. We clutter our moments with as much noise as possible in an attempt to drown out the silence that makes us uncomfortable. This need for constant stimulation, for…

Spiritual Drunkenness

Years ago, in my police officer days, I got assigned to the local DUI Task Force. This was a multi-jurisdictional team of officers specifically trained to combat driving under the influence and a direct result of the work of Mothers Against Drunk Driving that had formed in our community. I really loved this assignment because of our extra training and the fulfilling opportunity to really make a difference. One of the most…

God’s Promise In The Rainbow

It’s an old word, but I like it. The word “covenant” is such a significant word for we moderns precisely because we have seemed to have forgotten the power of “covenant.” Our society is gripped by hyper-individualism that seems to be intoxicated with the notion of “rights” and “privilege” and “power.” This intoxication has created such chaos that even our very way of knowing our own identity has become confused. We think…

The Blood of Life

“Blood is thicker than water.” “He makes my blood boil.” We are related by blood.” So many sayings about “blood” and so many common sayings from culture to culture. It seems we humans are hard-wired to “know” the importance of the life-fluid we call blood. And yet it would be a mistake to reduce this life-fluid to mere “scientism” of materialistic functionality. There is a mystery in the blood. And that mystery…

She Said Yes – The Annunciation

Right here during our Lenten journey, the Church brings us to one of the six feasts of the Theotokos, the Virgin Mary. And it is the Feast of the Annunciation. Of course, you know this story well. God sends the angel Gabriel to a virgin engaged to a man named Joseph and the angel (interestingly, the Greek word for “angel” is literally “messenger.” That’s a big hint by the way!) tells this…

The Lord God Is My Strength and My Song

Henry Giles said, “A song will outlive all sermons in the memory.” I believe that’s true. Several years ago I was blessed to sit at the bedside of a precious friend’s mother as she lay dying. She had been unresponsive for several days and the family was already grieving as their mother was close to death. I knew she had been raised in a typical Southern town and a typical Southern church,…

Lean Upon The Lord

Jesus warned His disciples that there would be “wars and rumors of wars” in human history and the temptation would be for humans to abandon hope and be crushed by despair. If Jesus said that 20 centuries ago, why are we surprised to see the histrionics of today’s society that has put their trust in their own intellects and the accumulation of political power? The truth is we are always an inattentive…

His Hand is Stretched Out Still!

There is always a price for unfaithfulness. A telling quote illustrates what I’m talking about: “Infidelity doesn’t come from a lack of love; it comes from a lack of respect.” Admittedly, respect is earned, not demanded. But when one has earned the respect of a trustworthy and dependable;e person, it isn’t too much for that person to expect faithfulness. No, imagine what happens when a whole nation stops respecting God! And we…