A National Virtual Young Adult Conference!

I am honored to be one of the speakers at this YAL Conference next month. And the GOOD NEWS is it’s no cost AND you can register from anywhere to participate!  My topic is Maintaining Connection amidst Social Distancing. Some of the other speakers are people you know and respect. Just look at this line-up! Steven Christoforou, Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministries, Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Dr. Ann Bezerrides,…

In The Home Stretch

We’re in the Home Stretch for our End-Of-Year Fundraising goal. We’ve had over $3800 come in so far toward our $5000 goal and we have 10 more days until the New Year. I wanted to personally thank everyone who has participated in this annual effort. The monthly support through our Patreon supporters and the onetime gifts we’ve received through our PayPal and FaceBook donations make it possible for us to pay for…

Your ETERNAL Home

“Home is where the heart is.” “There’s no place like home.” “I’ll be home for Christmas.” OK, this could go on all day. It seems we humans have an attachment to “home.” Even the word itself conjures up images, feelings, and nostalgia. But what is “home?” Why all this human focus on such a notion? I’m convinced it’s because we were made for a true home and our human heart automatically desires…

Are You A Stranger To Yourself?

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 be 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…

Living In Between His 1st and 2nd Comings

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 suppose 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…

Paved With Good Intentions!

A quote from Virgil’s Aeneid says “the descent to hell is easy.” And no one ever expects their good intentions to turn out bad. That’s the “law of unintended consequences.” It seems we humans are better at coming up with witty quotes than we are at avoiding the mistakes of  our “good intentions” gone bad. But why is that? Nobody ever thinks their intentions are actually harmful. Most of us think (and,…

Against The Law!

As a former police officer, I remember well having to memorize the rules of the road so that I could ENFORCE the rules. Of course all these laws were on the books for people’s safety, but I can’t tell you how tempting it was to reduce that central purpose to the mere enforcing the rules as a purpose unto itself. You can always tell the difference between an officer who gets the…

Do You Not Yet Understand?

Why is it we humans struggle with understanding certain things about life, technology, relationships, politics, and the list goes on and on? Well, it’s got everything to do with different experiences, different upbringing, different priorities, and so on. But what if there was a basic understanding that was fundamentally common to all humans, something meant to be so basic and so fundamental that every human could and should understand it? Misunderstanding something…

Are You Ashamed?

It was a bit of a surprise to me. In fact, it was such an unexpected revelation about myself that I am still processing this information to this day. I was embarrassed. You see, I have never had a hard time being in front of a lot of people. It was just never much of a problem for me. In fact, I kind of enjoyed it. So, imagine my surprise when I…

REAL Life!

“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…