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.
Why follow Jesus? Or, what does it mean to follow Jesus?
This morning, I opened the Gospel of John to the sixth chapter, desiring to read and reflect on what has become my favorite Gospel account of the life Read more
Why did Jesus die? The most honest answer? Nobody really knows.
Not even the Apostle Paul and he was likely the first to write about these matters (Romans 5 and 1 Corinthians 12).
Death by Read more
What Is the Single Greatest Spiritual Truth You Have Ever Learned?
I got asked that question today and, after thinking for a moment, I suppose I would have to answer like this:
“As soon as you are disposed to Read more
Fr. Thomas Keating, the Trappist monk, said “Discernment is a process of letting go of what we are not.”
“Discernment” is yet another word, similar in meaning to enlightenment, awakening, salvation.
All of these words point to the process Read more
When asked this, how would you respond?
I think I will have to respond like this:
“When I left America for Europe on my first trip around the world, I left as a Baptist Christian.
When, in Europe, however, Read more
Now, I did not know this until after I began coaching religious leaders and consulting with churches all across America but, are you aware of just how many different kinds of Baptists there are?
More than there are flavors Read more
On the Pathway…But, To Where?
It’s today’s buzzword, isn’t it? Pathway…Journey…People speak quite frequently these days about being on the path…or, on the journey.
But, to where?
For some Christians, it is a journey to heaven.
Really? Is that Read more
Disciples of Jesus are not “saved” people. They are “learners” instead. Which is of course what “disciple” really means.
And, what are “learners” learning?
How to be followers of Jesus. Isn’t there a difference? And, isn’t following Jesus what Read more
You cannot imagine – or, maybe you can – how many religious people, mostly religious leaders, say to me, “I agree with much of what you say…much of what you write…and, even much of what you believe, but do Read more
It is one thing to do good. Quite another thing, however, when the crafty ego within you seizes the good you do as a way to be revered. Mark Nepo
How does he know me so well?
This has Read more
As with most great movies, there are many parallels to our shared experience as human beings in the most recent blockbuster, “The Hunger Games.”
I loved this movie. And now, I must read the books.
In one of the Read more
I have always loved Louis L’Amour’s statement: “There will come a time when you believe everything is finished…that will be the beginning.”
I suspect I’ve loved that statement because more than once I’ve believed it was finished…as if it Read more