This is a Hard Saying

Christ is risen! “If it were easy, everybody would do it!” Yep, I’ve heard that before. And it’s true! In fact, most of the truly worthwhile efforts in my life have been difficult. I can’t remember one thing that was easy for me ever becoming something I couldn’t live without! Important things usually are difficult, require sacrifice, and are filled with aggravation and require consistent commitment. I hear this in my head…

Unless I Eat What?

Christ is risen! Sometimes explaining things to kids is easier than explaining deep concepts to adults. Children seem to be able to grasp deep ideas with a matter-of-fact joy that all too often is just not possible for we “grown ups.” And that’s because the kids haven’t yet been jaded by disappointment, pain, and fear. To be fair, being grown up allows us a more mature development of our lives, as least…

Power AND Authority

Christ is risen! Most people confuse power and authority. They think power IS authority but they are mistaken. In fact, I’d say the modern obsession with power is precisely because we have lost the ability to appreciate real authority. Just look at any community in the aftermath of some event that turns that community upside down. Riots break out and people demand that the authorities fix the problem by looting and destroying…

Certainly NOT Gluten-Free

Christ is risen! It seems there isn’t a day goes by when a new “warning” about the “dangers” of something we’ve been eating for centuries crops up to grab our attention. Funny, I don’t remember all these peanut allergies when I was a kid! Now, don’t get me wrong; I don’t doubt that there are some real situations where allergies, reactions, and medical realities lead some to radically modify their diet and…

Gives LIFE to the World

Christ is risen! “You are what you eat!” That has always been a terrifying saying to me, especially as I constantly struggle with eating well rather than the “convenience eating” that always gets me in trouble. It seems we humans really do want to eat well. We create “food pyramids” and healthy eating tips and cauliflower pizza crust (a real thing! I saw it on the internet!). The Federal Government is always…

Signs AND Wonders

Christ is risen! “Step right up Ladies and Gentlemen, see the most amazing sights you could ever imagine!” You’ve heard these words before. Carnival barkers trying to get you to spend the money to see the “amazing snake boy, half boy, half snake!” Or the “amazing Elephant Man.” Curiosity, entertainment, something “different,” something “tantalizing.” And it works. Of course it works, they wouldn’t keep doing it if it didn’t work! We humans…

The Proof Is In The Pudding!

Christ is risen! I come from a generation that was suspicious of tattoos! And the generation before me, forget about it! My grandfather, a lifelong police officer, always said that tattoos were degrading to a man. Wow, some pretty strong words, especially in light of today’s generation that consider “body art” a form of expression and even something to be celebrated. Times do change. I do confess to getting a little amused…

When The Counselor Comes…

Christ is risen! What is it about close relationships that either blind you or enlighten you? What I mean is, I’ve known folks who were so close to someone else that they were absolutely blind to that other person’s faults. I’ve seen it get so bad that the two people were so enmeshed with each other that they really were their own worst enemies when it came to other friends and relatives.…

CoDependent or Communion

Christ is risen! When I was a police officer, we were trained on how to spot counterfeit money. But the interesting thing is we weren’t trained to spot bad bills by studying the fake money. We were trained to spot the fake bills by being obsessively familiar with the real money! We knew each nook and cranny of a real $100 bill (the most counterfeited bill in the world) and when we…

Men LOVED Darkness

When I was a boy, my little brother and I would sometimes sneak around the house before our parents woke up on a Saturday morning. One Saturday, before the sun was up, my brother and I decided we could get our own breakfast, pour our own milk, and generally do what we wanted without any help. So, sneaking quietly out of bed, we went to the kitchen. We didn’t turn on any…