Suffering CAN BE Perfect!

A recent article on the Christian view of marriage is titled “Marriage is a Lifetime of Suffering.” You won’t see that on any Hallmark card for wedding anniversaries anytime soon. And yet, the idea of salvific suffering is so foreign to us as to be actually offensive to many. But the Christian understanding of life and salvation can be summed up in this quote from Elder Sophrony of Sussex “…in this world…

What Is Godly Grief?

Queen Elizabeth once said “Grief is the price we pay for love.” And that is true, in part, but not the whole picture. In fact, I’m convinced in our modern world of therapy and “positive thinking” we run the risk of falling into the false notion that we should never “feel” bad or sad. And that mistaken way of thinking always leads to disaster as we never learn how to grieve well.…

Unequally Yoked

My daughter is getting to “that” age. Yep, she’s discovered that there are such things as “boys.” I invite you all to pray and fast that I survive! Seriously, one of the most powerful concerns I have as a parent is guiding my children to avoid the shortsightedness that seems to dominate the human race when it comes to relationships. Of course, relationships is what humanity is created to embrace. But the…

You’ve Never Spoken to a Mere Mortal

C.S. Lewis, in the The Weight of Glory, writes: It is a serious thing to live in a society of possible gods and goddesses, to remember that the dullest most uninteresting person you talk to may one day be a creature which, if you say it now, you would be strongly tempted to worship, or else a horror and a corruption such as you now meet, if at all, only in a…

If God is For Us, Who Can Be Against Us?

What confuses me most about today’s societal chaos is the whole idea of “empowerment.” It strikes me as so very misplaced and wrongheaded. Now, don’t get me wrong, I understand the motivation of wanting to correct a feeling of powerlessness. I’m just convinced that the current method being championed by those who keep on insisting they are defenders of the powerless are simply wrong. their methods don’t, in the end, address powerlessness…

Anticipation! It’s Making Me Wait

You remember when you were a kid and Christmas seemed to take forever. My mom used to use that old tried and true way to get me and my brother to behave through the year: “Boys, Santa is watching and Christmas is just (fill in the blank) away!” Well, the older I got the shorter that line would get me to behave! And Christmas seemed to come quicker and quicker as my birthdays increased!…

Can You Recognize God?

I’m convinced everyone wants to know God. Everyone. Even the most radical atheist or hedonist wants to know God above everything else. In fact, I’m convinced a man is an atheist because he is so angry that the God he longs for at the very core of his being doesn’t exist and it’s this existential anger and disappointment that drives his atheism and his hostility. When I was a boy in the…

Bad Words?

I was reading a seventh-grade public school exam from many decades ago and was struck with the level of language, grammar, and difficulty of the exam. It was very sophisticated and I struggled to “pass!” No one can look at the current culture and not witness the coarsening of the language of our day. Between the mainstreaming of pornography to popular music, our children are being exposed to a kind of communication that simply…

You ARE Our Letter of Recommendation

It’s always funny to hear people talk about what they think the Faith means by eternal life. I remember one movie from the 1990 called “Ghost” with Patrick Swayze and Demi Moore. The movie was about this tragic murder of a man and how the woman he loves copes with this tragedy. Of course, the murdered man becomes a “ghost,” a disembodied “spirit and he spends the whole movie trying to learn…

Want to Know how to Fight Sluggishness?

It’s hard to admit, but there are times when I really struggle with laziness. I know, I know, how can I say that with all that’s going on in the ministry. But laziness isn’t merely inactivity. It can also be the wrong allocation of strengths and gifts that waste those strengths and gifts. It is the diffused illness of inattentiveness to proper priorities. Let me give you an example. One of my…