Before Abraham Was, I Am!

Christ is risen! Ok, I admit it. As a public speaker, I have often used the outlandish statement as a rhetorical device to get or keep an audience’s attention. It reminds me of one dear person who looked at me once and said “Father, I can’t tell if you’re serious or not.” Bingo! If you are going to speak to move people to change or embrace what you are saying, you have…

Truth or Lies

Christ is risen! Soren Kierkegaard, than mournful Danish theologian, once said “There are two ways to be fooled. One is to believe what isn’t true; the other is to refuse to believe what is true.” For me, I find the most difficult deceptions to fight are the ones I tell to myself. It’s easy to spot errors in others, and it seems that we actually excel in correcting the mistakes and untruths…

I Am the Living Bread

Christ is risen! There is actually a mental health condition called thanatophobia – the fear of death. This phobia drives those who suffer from this malady to be afraid of doing anything. But, in reality, having anxiety about one’s mortality is actually normal in we humans. Why do you think that is? Could it be that a part of us instinctively understands we weren’t made for mortality. We were made for life…

The Testimony of Two Witnesses

Christ is risen! It was a dramatic moment in the courtroom. I was a witness for the prosecution since I had been the arresting officer in the case. But I was only one witness and the defendant was insisting he wasn’t the one who was driving the car when the accident occurred. Then, another witness came to testify. It was the man’s brother who had been in the car with him that…

You Know Me

Christ is risen! He was wondering why I was looking at him in such an intense way. He had just said something that I completely misunderstood, and, if he meant what I thought he meant, well, let’s just say we may need to step outside! Once he realized I misunderstood him, his confusion turned to panic and he immediately started to explain himself. Whew! That was close. But that’s the way of…

I Am the Door of the Sheep

Christ is risen! There is a huge difference between knowing about someone and actually knowing them. I’ve heard this truth illustrated by talking about identical twins. We have two sets of twins in our parish; one set is easy to distinguish because one is a boy and the other is a girl. But the second set of twins are identical girls! Somebody just meeting the girls would have a hard time telling…

Do You Take Offense at This?

Christ is risen! He looked at me and said something I never expected: “Conflict is necessary for close friendship and healthy relationships.” What? I hated hearing that. In fact, it made me question whether I was trusting the right person with this particular challenge. It was a sticky situation that meant I had to confront someone with a hard truth, and I was trying to avoid that, if at all possible. But…

Eat My Flesh; Drink My Blood

Christ is risen! “Stubborn, stubborn, I tell you.” I can still hear the words of my grandmother fussing about a relative who simply refused to hear “good sense” as she called it. “That boy is a stubborn as a mule!” I confess, as I enter the latter half of my own life, I can look back and see some places where I was just plain stubborn. And my active refusal to hear…

Do Not Murmur Among Yourselves

Christ is risen! As I was studying what to write today, I wanted to look up the meaning of the word “murmur.” Do you know what popped up first in my research? Yep, heart murmurs. The sound your heart makes when it’s sick. I thought about this for a while and decided there was real wisdom here. When I am murmuring (think questioning or doubting or complaining), that’s the “sound” my soul…

The Bread of Life

Christ is risen! In the church I was raised we just didn’t do the Lord’s Supper very often. In fact, there are years where I can’t remember if we did it at all through a particular year. And that didn’t strike me as strange or unusual. After all it was just a “memorial” of a past event. Nothing more. Imagine my surprise when I learned that this attitude towards the Bread and…