3 Questions God Asks You Today

“But I don’t want to!” My 5 year old simply didn’t want to go to school that day. She didn’t want to, and that fact alone should have released her from her obligation to attend class that day. “I don’t want to!” Imagine her surprise when her father, the mean ogre forcing her to do what she didn’t want to do, informed her that her momentary desire did not overwhelm the constant…

2 Paths: 1 Weak 1 Strong!

How can you tell if a relationship is healthy or not? All of us wonder about that from time to time, and it’s natural to wonder. But the truth is we are all on a journey in life and, unless we stop now and again and assess where we are, we are going to look around one day and figure out we’re lost! Just like our physical health needs regular check ups,…

Can’t BE Christian ALONE!

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…

2 Amazing Offers From Jesus!

I looked out at the congregation and said “If Kmart had a Blue Light special like this, they’d sell out in a minute.” Of course you don’t know what a “blue light special is. You may not even remember KMart! Suffice it to say it was a marketing trick that a store use to use to draw attention to special deals they had in their store. And my reference was to the…

The 5 Ministry Roles that Define WHY!

Why does asking why help so very much? What I mean is knowing WHY you do WHAT you do is the first step in discerning if you’re on the right path! Think of it this way: You can use a hammer to do many things, from nailing a board to a stud to breaking a window to even more nefarious and criminal acts, but “why” was the hammer made in the first place?…

4 Labors That Make You Like Jesus

There’s just no substitute for contemplation. But it seems our modern world is moving at such a break neck speed that contemplation is impossible! That’s why authentic faith is the “last, true, rebellion” and the hardest and most rewarding path to being truly human! Listen to what Abba Evagrius says “A wandering mind is made stable by reading, vigil and prayer. Flaming lust is extinguished by hunger, labor and solitude. Stirrings of…

God Has Appeared!

“Now Appearing!” I read the words with a mixture of pride and embarrassment! You see, this was part of a sign advertising a book signing I was doing in an area. Ugh! Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m thrilled to be a “published author.” Frankly, coming from the back woods of the American South, being the first member of my family to have a Master’s degree, a passport, and going to Europe…

Good or Bad? It’s Up to YOU

Christ is born! OK, I’ve got good news and bad news, and, it turns out it’s the same news. Confused? Don’t be. One man’s Good News is another man’s bad news, and, as usual, it depends on the condition of your desires and your perspective. Take the financial markets, for instance. When bonds are cheap and the market is down, some folks think it’s a disaster while others are making money. It…

An Unexamined Life

Christ is Born! Socrates sees the wisdom in living a wakeful life when he says “ὁ δὲ ἀνεξέταστος βίος οὐ βιωτὸς ἀνθρώπῳ – The unexamining life is not worth living for a human being.” Notice the continual action implied in the original. This wisdom, planted in we humans by our loving Creator, is simply obvious but continually difficult. Our experiences, relationships, choices, priorities, and beliefs are shaped by and are shaping others all…

No One Has Seen God! Or Have They?

Christ is born! “To Make the Invisible Visible.” These were the words of a catechist to a catechumen when he was asked why would God become a man? The Christian Faith is unique among all world religions in this mystery of God in the Flesh. Oh, to be sure some religions have gods they can see, and other religions insist their god can never be seen, even going so far as to…