With A Little Help from my Friends

OK, I know this will be controversial, and I admit to being torn about this, but The Beatles’ Sgt. Peppers album “may” be my favorite Beatles album (It’s in competition with the “White album”). And one of my favorite songs is “With a Little Help from my Friends.” Great song! Because it’s really true. I really do “get by with a little help from my friends! This is an old idea that…

I Must Decrease!

I was once confronted by a wise and spiritual man about some of the consequences of my actions. Specifically he was confronting me about the dangers of a false humility. You see, I had spent a great deal of time building up another gifted minister and this wise man confronted me about my motives. He wanted to know if I was actually “preferring my brother” over myself, or was I just doing…

I Bear Witness

Ralph Waldo Emerson once suggested that the greatest invention of humanity is friendship. But Emerson is mistaken. Friendship isn’t man’s invention. It is God’s. No matter how hard we try to hide it, our hunger for intimacy, relationships, and communion always “spills” out of our hearts. That’s why we hunger for friends and companions. That’s why, as rare a true love may be, true friendship is rarer still. And yet, we long…

I NEED to be Baptized by YOU!

Have you ever come to a crossroad in your life? I have. Many times. A wise man once said “When you come to a crossroad, take it!” Cute, but unhelpful. All of us come to moments in our lives that turn out to be crossroads in our future. Many times we can see these moments coming, like a marriage proposal, or that first purchase of a home, or a career advancement, some…

Glory to God!

Well, precious Friends, Partners, and Co-Workers, because of God’s abundant Grace, and your faithfulness, generosity and vision, we have COMPLETED the Funding Phase for our Outreach Video Project called “A Journey to Fullness.” Glory to God! And how appropriate we are able to announce this at the Feast of Theophany since this is another witness of God’s love in entering His world and make Himself known to us in His Son, our…

The Power of Knowing Yourself

Know Yourself: with these two words ancient philosophers and Christian theologians have wrestled with a fundamental reality – We humans spend a lot of time either hiding from ourselves or narcissistically focused on a false self. But the fundamental reality of truly knowing yourself is so absolutely essential to any hope of spiritual maturity and wholeness that St. Basil, in his homily on Attentiveness concludes “be attentive to yourself, that you may…

Make Him Known!

Christ is born! It’s a bit embarrassing, but there was a day when I actually worked as a “promotions director” for a leading media ministry. OK, maybe not embarrassing, but, looking back on it now, a bit of a challenge to say the least. My job was to make sure the religious media consumers knew about our radio, TV, and print materials available and to get folks to watch, listen, and read…

Obedience Is the Path!

Christ is born! “Do as I say, not as I do!” I remember thinking “Well, that’s not very convincing.” How can someone who refuses to follow their own advice have any credibility at all? Oh, Happy New Year! (I almost forgot!) And what a perfect time to be confronted with an annual invitation to do an internal inventory of our unchangeable beliefs and convictions. We are thinking of New Year’s resolutions. We…

Out With The Old, In With The New!

Christ is born! Ever heard of a paradigm shift? It means “a fundamental change in approach or underlying assumptions.” Paradigm shifts occur many times in history, in nations, and in persons, and when they do, they are often disruptive, disturbing, and even unwelcome by many. In 1962 American physicist Thomas Kuhn coined the phrase to explain how scientific advancement took place. He observed that scientific revolutions happened suddenly and with great effect.…