If you had the power to end all of the violence in the world with a single action, would you do it? I imagine that most of us would say that of course we would. No one wants violence, right? It is just an unfortunate deterrent that we must use to prevent greater violence from … More Stop In the Name of Love
Last night when I put my daughter to bed, she told my wife and me that she didn’t want us to worry about her being shot at school. We don’t either. When she said this, I felt my heart breaking and it took almost everything out of me to keep my mind from descending into … More How Am I Supposed To Feel? (After Another Shooting)
The day after the Vegas shootings, I dreamed that I was in the pulpit doing the “Prayers of the People” and decided not to stop until I could tell that my prayers were having some positive effect on the world. I ended up being at the pulpit for days on end without eating or sleeping … More What Do I Pray For?
I write when I cannot take the pain anymore–the pain of trying to contain myself for the comfort of others. I have lived my entire life with pain. I learned early on that it cannot be avoided. In my experience, it is inevitable in this life. Suffering however, is optional. Suffering comes when you do … More When the Pain is Too Much, I Write
Fear and God. For a long time those two words seemed not to go together for me. After all, in the book of 1 John we are told “God is Love” and despite how we tend to think of hate as love’s opposite, anyone who has ever loved knows that is inaccurate. Fear is actually … More The Privilege of Fearing God
My thoughts are strong on this point. Listen with caution. Excuse the blurriness. Over the past couple of weeks, I have seen several people reposting an article from the blog, Diversity Chronicle, entitled POPE FRANCIS CONDEMNS RACISM AND DECLARES THAT “ALL RELIGIONS ARE TRUE” AT HISTORIC THIRD VATICAN COUNCIL. My first thoughts when I saw this article were … More What’s It To You If All Religions Are True?
Therefore, putting away lying, “Let each one of you speak truth with his neighbor,” for we are members of one another. “Be angry, and do not sin”: do not let the sun go down on your wrath, nor give place to the devil. –Ephesians 4:25-27 Are you one of those people who think that “spiritual people” don’t get angry? Do you … More Make Your Anger Count
Somewhere in time there is a part of me that I visit frequently. He is in a dark room and he feels alone. He is living a lie. He believes that he is separate from God and from everything else in life–the consummate individual. Even though he knows that he can get up and walk … More Coming Out of the Dark…
When I watched the movie Lincoln, I kept thinking about how amazing it was that he never apologized for doing whatever it took for him to get the votes necessary to pass the 13th amendment that ended slavery. For some reason it called to mind the Biblical parable of the unjust steward. If you see … More I Apologize For Being Sorry
If you read my older post, You Won’t Like Me When I’m Angry, you probably have a pretty good idea on my views about anger. In that post I pointed out the time Jesus flipped out on the money changers and how in Ephesians 4:26, 27 it says “‘Be angry, and do not sin’:do not let the … More Anger, But Don’t Miss the Mark