Do You Really Want Fairness?

“That’s not fair!” My daughter was quite upset over what she perceived to be a bigger piece of cake given to her sister. The depth of indignant and obvious heartfelt wound was unmistakable in the tone of her voice, her crossed arms, and the tears welling in her eyes. She was righteously fighting for what was “fair.” She would accept nothing less than absolute equality so as to affirm her equal status…

Are Sinners In The Hands of an Angry God?

There is a story about this ant colony that had sprung up in a fallow field on a farm. During the time the field was “resting” from planting season, the ant colony thrived. But one day the Farmer walked out into his fallow field and determined it was time to plant that part of the farm again. The timing was right for the field to be plowed. The soil was rested. The…

God Hates 6 Things, No 7

All of us have seen the signs of the fringe, so-called, Christian group that protest at military funerals. They seem to have the belief that they know exactly who God hates. Now they are planning to protest at the funeral of Leonard Nimoy, the actor who played Spock in the Star Trek series! Ridiculous! Their poisoned view of God actually makes God weak! As if all the sins and mistakes of all…

Woe to … Me?

You’ve heard the old joke about the man who bought a horse from a very religious owner. The horse didn’t respond to the normal commands like “giddiup” for “go” and “whoa” for “stop.” The religious man who had trained the horse taught him to “go” at the word “hallelujah” and the “stop” command was “praise the Lord.” So, the gentleman bought the horse and started his ride. He said “hallelujah” and the…

Where Is Your Brother?

Ah, the joys of sibling rivalry! My daughters (I am a dad who has all girls. After all, why mess with perfection!) are a joy to watch. As my older daughter recites her activities of her day, my four year old immediately pipes up with the accusatory question: “What about me?” She simply cannot allow big sister to suck up all the attention. To watch siblings simultaneously love and compete with each…

Why Are You Angry?

A friend of mine recently confided “Father, I’m angry.” When I asked him what he was angry about, it was telling to watch him struggle with the reason for his anger. He simply responded “I’m angry about everything! Wow, everything? As we talked, he finally began to express how angry he was at how his life had turned out. He used phrases like “If only I had” and “If only I hadn’t”…

Who Told You That?

In his famous book, “Rules for Radicals,” Saul Alinsky states “Lest we forget at least an over the shoulder acknowledgment to the very first radical: from all our legends, mythology and history (and who is to know where mythology leaves off and history begins – or which is which), the very first radical known to man who rebelled against the establishment and did it so effectively that he at least won his…

What’s In A Name? EVERYTHING

Poor Juliet struggles as she wrestles with the fact that her new-found love is for a hated Montague. Romeo listens as she says her famous line “‘Tis but thy name that is my enemy; Thou art thyself, though not a Montague. What’s Montague? it is nor hand, nor foot, Nor arm, nor face, nor any other part Belonging to a man. O, be some other name! What’s in a name? that which we…

Very Good!

You’ve heard me talk about Simon Sinek’s book “Start With Why.” The main thrust of the book is a simple premise: If you forget why you do what you do, you will soon stop doing what you do! As a further consequence of this foundational amnesia, you will also not be able to perpetuate what you do in the lives of those who follow you; your children, grandchildren, and extended family and…

A Reed Shaken by the Wind?

Sometimes an extreme example is needed to restore the equilibrium to a society, a country, or even a person. And that moment of extreme example, action, behavior, sacrifice is rarely embraced or accepted by those who don’t want the restoration or don’t see that it’s even necessary. You see, the whole of the History of the Church is filled with examples and saints who, if we simply just read their lives, come…