A Christian-Nature-Nurture I am a Christian by nature and nurture. First, by nature. That is to say, I was born into a Christian family. I did not choose this family. I could have been born into a Jewish family in Manhattan or to a Muslim family in Iran or to a Buddhist family in Tibet. […]
Faith makes mountain’s tremble. That’s what the spiritual master said. “For sure, I tell you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to over there,’ and it would move over. You will be able to do anything” (Matthew 17:20). Note the following three things…and then, […]
Christianity is alive and well. My guess is, you were not expecting that. Admittedly, I do write often about what’s gone wrong in the Church…within Christianity. But there is much about which I hope…I exult…I find cause for celebrating. I was inspired to think about this today after reading John Pavlovitz’ devotional reflections at his […]
Define Faith Today I was asked, “How do you define faith?” I’m not sure you can. Isn’t it a little like trying to define God? Whatever you say about God is either wrong or woefully insufficient. Which is why, even when the New Testament writer says, “God is love,” (1 John 4:8) he is both […]
Christianity needs heretics and, anyone who knows Christian history, knows this religion, as indeed all religions, has had its share of them. In fact, virtually every denomination was birthed out of what was labeled heresy by the “orthodox” at that time.
Make America Great Again! I hear it every time I turn on the news: Trump is promising to “Make America Great Again!” I wish Donald Trump would clarify what he means by this. I wish Americans, including myself, were not so quick to believe just anything. I wish the press were braver and more willing […]
Your life purpose! Can you say with certainty what IS the purpose of your life? Oh, I suppose you can and people do… All the time. But is it real? Or, are they just deceiving themselves? I, for one, cannot say with certainty — not with absolute certainty what my life purpose is: Over the […]
The Rich, the Walls, and Why the Donald’s Vision is No Vision This is one of the more familiar passages of sacred scripture (Luke 16:19-31). But it is not about rich people in hell or poor people in heaven. Its not even about heaven or hell. It would do us well to read it again […]
Real Fear (and, the Other Kind) There are two kinds of fear…real fear and…well…the other kind. Real fear is familiar to everyone. It’s the body’s natural reaction to a threat. It’s the immediate and natural physical reaction to anything, or anyone, that threatens your life… It’s what you feel when you slam on your brakes, […]
Judge Not…” said Jesus. Therein lies our problem. You judge in another what you deny may also be in you.
The Meaning of Faith Faith: What is faith? Content? Doctrines of our church? The stuff you believe? The stuff we believe? What the Church believes? What our church believes? Your beliefs? Their beliefs? Our beliefs? Which is it? Maybe none of the above. Faith may be less about “content” and more about “conduct”? Not as […]
Forgive Yourself Forgive yourself. Hm. That’s not what we normally talk about, is it? It’s usually about asking for forgiveness or seeking someone else’s forgiveness. And then, there’s that sticky problem of what you are to do when you say to someone, “I have wronged you. I am sorry. Please forgive me,” and they don’t? […]
Stress is caused, is it not, by the internal dialogue – the incessant mental noise – that expresses itself in words and attitudes such as, “This should not be happening.” Peace of Mind I wrestle with this almost daily. There are many things that come into my life that are unwanted. Do you ever have […]
Pam, my spouse, loves puzzles. This is one of her latest. I’m pretty sure she got this one to put together alongside Charlie and Mason, two of our grandchildren. As you can see, it is assembled enough now to tell it’s a picture of the ocean and its varied sea creatures. I don’t have much […]