Why So Stubborn?

Dogged determination is said to be indispensable for true success. Author Simon Sinek says “One of the best paradoxes of leadership is that a leader needs to be both stubborn and open-minded. A leader must insist on sticking to the vision and stay on course to the destination. But he must be open-minded during the process.” This is so true. In leadership and in life the scripture is absolutely correct when it…

The Secret to Staying Faithful – Interested?

OK, it’s really not a secret, but hopefully the provocative headline grabbed your attention! But, our busy lives really do challenge us in keeping our priorities in the right order, don’t they? We moderns are a complicated mishmash of schedules, opportunities, affluence, and “freedom.” And that multiplication of events, desires, hopes, and advertisements don’t seem to be slowing down. It seems that each new day brings a new barrage of invitations, exhortations,…

Revealing Character

Today’s update will be a homily offered at our parish on the Sunday of the Prodigal. May God grant us the courage to actually do more than talk about our faith, but actually practice it. God bless you all today! Revealing Character

If Only I Could

“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…

The Spirit of Truth, The Spirit of Error

What’s the balance between brutal honesty and the weakness and ineffective timidity that allows us and those around us to stay gripped in the slavery of our own delusions? I ask this because as we approach Great Lent, we are going to be increasingly confronted with hymns, prayers, and homilies, dedicated to one goal – Authentic Repentance. And let’s face it, repentance isn’t very popular right now. There is an increasingly nagging thought…

We are Stardust

“By the time we got to Woodstock…” Sorry, in advance for putting that song in your head for the rest of the day. But there is one quote more from that famous Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young song I want to share: “We are stardust, we are golden, we are caught in the devil’s bargain, And we got to get ourselves back to the garden.” One more apology for those of us…

What’s Left Matters

I will never forget his face. You see, this man was asking me about giving to his church. He was absolutely amazed that his pastor had preached a sermon on tithing. Tithing is the belief that one should set aside 10% of one’s income to dedicate to God’s house and supporting the work of the faith. His question to me revealed his dilemma. “Hey, Barnabas, you’re a religious person. (I like to…

True Love

The weather in the Southern United States has been something of a challenge the last few days! And here we are on Valentine’s Day digging out of the snow and sleet and running around looking for cards. But there’s good news from Oconee County: “The Oconee County County Sheriff’s Office announces that Valentines Day has been CANCELLED from a line North of I-16 to the Georgia/Tennessee border,” the humorous Sheriff Scott Berry…

WATCH!

My youngest daughter simply has no concept of time, and when I say “wait, Katherine.” She immediately responds with “Daddy, are you coming!” It just doesn’t register with her that “”wait” means “wait.” Ah the attention time span of youth! Actually, there is more at work here than a mere inability to appreciate patience. Children are notorious for being unable to think beyond their own immediate needs. They haven’t developed that sense…

Signs, Signs, Everywhere the Signs

Do you know the word “apocalyptic?” Since I was a boy, growing up in a Pentecostal church in the South, I’ve heard gospel songs, sermons, and even watched religious movies, about the “end of time.” And that is what “apocalyptic” means – having to do with the end of time. It seems each generation through history has speculated in one way or another with the “end of time.” And it doesn’t require…