Judgement Comes To All

“Don’t judge me!” That’s the cry of modern man in a modern society that has come to see every desire as a right, and every pleasure as a perfectly normal expectation. There’s a new Hollywood movie coming out that illustrates my point. It’s called “50 Shades of Grey.” I won’t bore you with the details, but suffice it to say this movie is about the fantasy of living a life with no…

Give Us Barabbas

“Free advice is worth every penny you pay for it!” With that, the old man proceeded to share with me some pearls of wisdom that I remember to this day. Isn’t it funny how much we already know? I mean the truth is I pretty much know how I should live and what decisions are best and what decisions are destructive to my life. In fact, it was a bit of a…

Free to BE Generous

There’s one sure way for any politician to get an applause line in a stump speech. All he or she has to do is say “I support our troops!” And rightly so. The brave men and women who serve in our military perform a vital function in the preservation of our liberty, and we, as a nation, should always show our gratitude for their sacrificial service. The truth is freedom isn’t free,…

Killing For God

It’s just such a part of our common world today! There are people who believe they are killing other people for God. In fact, when a member of ISIS (that terrorist group in Syria and Iraq) was asked why they were actually killing the children too, he said they didn’t want the children to grow up and take revenge against them. Imagine a mindset so sick, so meticulous, that it could condone…

The Lord Has Need Of It

It’s a paradox. Paradox is a concept that we humans, especially we humans shaped and formed by a post-Enlightenment secularism, have a hard time grasping. Paradox makes us uncomfortable. It feels like a “problem” to be “solved.” That’s why we humans stumble over paradox. You know what I mean, don’t you? It’s like what Jesus said when He taught that to save your life, you must lose it, and to be a…

One Flock

St. John Chrysostom called the faithful “reason endowed sheep.” Not having a lot of experience with sheep being raised in the rural American South (Now ask me about pigs, cows, and chickens and we got something there), I had to look up what is it about sheep that made this statement make so much sense to St. John’s congregation. First, sheep are a “herd” animal. That is they are most comfortable with…

Caught Napping!

It was almost summer. It was coming up on Summer break. It was almost 3 PM. And it was Biology with the most boring teacher in the school! I fell asleep! The sun was pouring into my side of the classroom. The windows were open and a breeze was blowing through them. The teacher’s voice was hypnotically droning on and I fell asleep! And I got caught! “Mr. Powell! Can you tell…

The Great and Powerful OZ!

When I was a boy, I remember seeing the Wizard of OZ for the first time on a color TV set. Needless to say, I was absolutely mesmerized by the wonder of the change from black and white to color, but I also remember being very much sympathetic to the Cowardly Lion when the group of seekers of help first encountered The Wizard. The effects of the head floating in the air…

This Child

One of the most meaningful Pro-Life demonstrations I ever saw was a graduating High School class deciding to put out the number of empty seats with them in the graduates’ area of all the children who would have been graduating High School with them had they not been aborted. It was a powerful, silent, but effective witness of what had been sacrificed by the rampant abortions in this society. We truly are…

A Light For Revelation

“I saw the light, I saw the light. No more in darkness; no more in night. Now I’m so happy; no darkness in sight. Praise the Lord, I saw the light!” Now that’s a blast from the past. But it’s an old Gospel song I remember fondly from my youth. And it expresses an ancient desire of we humans: We don’t like the dark! Of course we do grow out of this,…