The Temptation of Christ

What a provocative Gospel Lesson today! This is the passage that recalls our Lord’s 40 day sojourn in the wilderness after His Baptism. You know the story well. The Lord is led by the Spirit into the wilderness to pray and prepare for His public ministry that will eventually lead Him to the Cross, the Tomb, the Third Day rising, the Ascension, and, one day, the Second and Glorious Coming. While there…

Theology is Meant to be Lived not Just Argued

Recently a famous Evangelical pastor came out and stated that he is discovering that the history of the Church was plain that the Eucharist was the center of the Church’s life and not merely a sermon. I remember when I learned that the sermon wasn’t the normal center of Christian worship, it opened the floodgates of information about how normal Christianity was practiced for centuries AND the implications of this information for…

The Heavens Were Opened!

I never will forget the thrill of anticipation as we waited outside for the doors to open. It was my very first concert, and I was wide eyed at the spectacle of the crowd, the chance to see a favorite band, and to hear the music that rocked my world at that time. It seemed my whole self was attentive, anticipating, and alive. And when the doors opened to let us in…

4 Christlike Labors

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…

Increasing Christ Means Decreasing Me!

Study after study reveals the epidemic of loneliness in modern society. This is especially true of men. We men are lousy at friendship. Add on top of that the over sexualized intoxication of modern society and every close friendship is assumed to have a sexual component. Ridiculous! But relationships require something that has been dismissed as “unhealthy” in modern psychological faddish self-esteem intoxication – humility. Any successful relationship requires a bit of…

We Need True Friendships

Ralph Waldo Emerson once suggested that the greatest invention of humanity is friendship. But Emerson is mistaken. Friendship isn’t man’s invention. It is God’s. No matter how hard we try to hide it, our hunger for intimacy, relationships, and communion always “spills” out of our hearts. That’s why we hunger for friends and companions. That’s why, as rare a true love may be, true friendship is rarer still. And yet, we long…

You Should Baptize ME!

All of us come to moments in our lives that turn out to be crossroads in our future. Many times we can see these moments coming, like a marriage proposal, or that first purchase of a home, or a career advancement, some (maybe even many) of these moments sneak up on us and surprise us with their importance even years after the event. I can think of several moments in my life…

Fr. Barnabas, WHERE ARE YOU?

Greetings and Happy New Year. First off, let me say how grateful I am that so many have wondered where the audio devotional has gone. Even though we tried to telegraph this change starting back in September of this past year, it isn’t surprising that some folks didn’t know what was coming. Sorry. Starting in January of this year we have dropped the daily audio portion of the daily devotional. The challenges…

Make Jesus KNOWN in 2020!

Christ is born! There was a day when I actually worked as a “promotions director” for a leading media ministry. My job was to make sure the religious media consumers knew about our radio, TV, and print materials available and to get folks to watch, listen, and read our stuff. I was even a member of the Public Relations Society of America for a short time! Nowadays, it seems that “getting the…

Are you “Born Again?” You Should Be!

“You must be born again.” Hey, where I’m from, that scripture is as well worn as John 3:16. In the ’70’s fad of the “Jesus Movement” (anybody who was paying attention at all to the culture of the early ’70’s knows this) being “born again” was all the rage. Billy Graham wrote a book about it and Jimmy Carter, running for President, made being “born again” a household phrase. I remember even…