You Can’t Have Two Masters

I always found it funny and even cute when I saw the old Hollywood trick of putting an angel on one shoulder of the hero and a devil on the other shoulder. Then the hero had to choose between the two! But, really, it isn’t as funny as it is revealing. It really does illustrate the internal struggle we all have when deciding which path to take in our priorities, behaviors, and…

Empty Talkers

Have you ever heard the expression “beat the air?” It’s been around a long time in English and it means to “continue futile attempts” and “fight to no purpose.” St. Paul used this idea in 1 Corinthians when he said that he didn’t “run aimlessly” and he didn’t “fight like a boxer beating the air.” I get it. There have been times in my own life where I felt like I was…

All One Origin!

Christ is born! Fear is an emotion that has both a psychological and physical response. When I am afraid, my knees knock; my hands sweat; my mind races; and my heart beats faster, all in response to fear! Funny how my body reacts the same way to being in love! I’m just teasing. But, seriously, fear motivates so many of our actions and reactions. I know people who spend their whole lives…

Are You Thirsty?

Christ is born! Glorify Him! My doctor looked at me and said “Father, your body is thirsty! You need to drink more water!” What I mistook for hunger was actually my body being thirsty! Wow, what a revelation. So, it is with our lives. We can mistake our thirst for God as a thirst for safety or security or even fame. All the while we act on these mistaken ideas and we…

Stephen, Full of Grace and Power

Christ is Born! “That boy is so hard-headed he wouldn’t even notice a rock hitting him between the eyes.” My grandmother had a way with words, but I’ve known people like this; so set in their ways that not even plain evidence would move them to change their ways. They were frozen in their thinking. But that kind of attitude can create some real problems for people, especially when they ignore clear…

The Nazarene

Christ is born! What a busy time of year! As I was preparing for liturgy this morning, I was contemplating my schedule and caught myself becoming distracted from the time of prayer that the liturgy calls me to embrace. I had to exercise my will to banish this distraction so that I could singularly focus on the prayer at hand. And, to varying degrees of success, I was able to refocus my…

Glorify Him!

Christ is Born! “Where did she go?” As a father, that question sent chills up my spine! Our youngest had wandered off and I couldn’t see her. It was a crowded area and all my police training had me imagining the worst. Not knowing where she was was a terror I don’t think I had ever felt. And I have been shot at! By God’s grace, she was found just moments later…

Christ IS Born!

Tonight’s the night! And my girls are absolutely thrilled to go to bed after Liturgy this evening! Why? Not because it’s bedtime, but because after Liturgy in the morning, we’re going to open presents and eat sweets and generally celebrate! It really is the most wonderful time of the year on many levels! But, for me, it’s the prayers, the liturgy, and the worship that captures my attention and joy. For most…

Merry Christmas!

  Thank you to all who have written, emailed, and given at this time of year! We are so very grateful to you and we pray your celebration of the Feast will bring you closer to becoming by grace what Christ is by nature. This is the salvation of the whole universe! Don’t forget to attend worship this Christmas and sing for joy that Christ is Born!

Truly Living!

“I don’t believe in God.” “OK,” I told him. “Tell me about this god you don’t believe in.” This young man began describing Zeus. You know, a god who is vindictive and angry; who punishes the mortals with the lightning bolts of pain and sorrow. This god tries to control humans through threats and rewards. As the young man kept describing this “god” he didn’t believe in, I discovered I agreed with…