Can You Hear Me Now?

Christ is risen! “Can you hear me now?” That famous commercial question was meant to show that one cell phone carrier was better than another. Of course, those were the days of dropped calls and out of range service areas. I, personally haven’t had that kind of problem in quite some time. But, there also seems to be a deep problem with listening in our lives. While we certainly can hear a…

Unclean!

Christ is risen! “Oh, that’s nasty!” She had never seen anyone eat escargot before, and I had to confess, I agreed with her. But my dear friend who ordered it had the look of sheer joy on his face as he ate what he considered a delicacy. Sorry, I just don’t get the attraction. But that’s what makes life so full and joyous; the endless variety of tastes and preferences of different…

Behold Your Son

Christ is risen! Being raised in the 70’s, my brother and I were direct witnesses to the changes in society as norms were challenged and changed. Some of these changes and challenges were absolutely necessary. How can anyone defend the reduction of talented people, no matter what their skin color, their gender, or their economic status, to mere categories of “acceptable” roles in society? Why, that very idea strikes one as, at…

A Prayer and An Encouraging Word

Did you know you can hear and SEE Fr. Barnabas LIVE Monday through Friday at Noon Eastern Time on his Facebook page? Every weekday Fr. Barnabas visits live with his friends for A Prayer and An Encouraging Word. It’s about 15 minutes worth of a bit of a refocus for our day so we can always remember WHY we are faithfully following Jesus Christ. Then Fr. Barnabas leads us in prayer for…

Is Not This the Carpenter’s Son?”

Christ is risen! A few years ago, I reconnected with a distant relative that was close to me and my family when I was a boy and a young man. He and I hadn’t spoken in decades, and he hadn’t kept up with the changes in my life. He thought I was still that impetuous Pentecostal boy that preached on the street and made outlandish claims about spiritual experiences all to wow…

“I Am The Bread of Life!”

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…

Bread From Heaven!

Christ is risen! It’s a running joke in the family: “Where do you want to go eat?” “I don’t know. Where do you want to go?” What ensues now is a comedy of conversation that sees me offer several places, all of which are rejected. So, I finally say “OK, where do you want to go? What are you hungry for?” and then I hear the answer that sends us right back…

An Intoxicated Attention Span

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 You Hiding WHO You Really Are?

Christ is risen! I come from a generation that was suspicious of tattoos! And the generation before me, forget about it! My grandfather, a lifelong police officer, always said that tattoos were degrading to a man. Wow, some pretty strong words, especially in light of today’s generation that consider “body art” a form of expression and even something to be celebrated. Times do change. Now this isn’t about tattoos; whether they are…

Power Doesn’t Mean Authority

Christ is risen! Most people confuse power and authority. They think power IS authority but they are mistaken. In fact, I’d say the modern obsession with power is precisely because we have lost the ability to appreciate real authority. Just look at any community in the aftermath of some event that turns that community upside down. Riots break out and people demand that the authorities fix the problem by looting and destroying…