Category: Faith

  • Reclaiming the Wonder

    Reclaiming the Wonder

    I fear the older we get, the greater we risk growing indifferent, if not callous, to the marvels of the world around us. With the constant barrage of political news, the addiction to social media, and our hectic Western lifestyle, we Americans are easily distracted. And, as often happens, we lose our sense of awe of […]

  • The Eight Most Overlooked, Under-Appreciated, and Often Ignored Words in the Bible

    Words matter.  Words have power.  The saying, “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me,” may fend off the verbal assaults of childhood bullies, but the fact remains, words can hurt.  Deeply.  Broken bones heal, while the emotional wounds of spiteful words may linger for a lifetime. Yet, words can […]

  • Navigating the January Darkness

    Navigating the January Darkness

    While there is great debate about when you take down the Christmas decorations, lights, and tree, there is almost universal agreement that once the decorations are put away, the once brightly decorated home takes on the appearance of a barren moonscape. It’s actually rather depressing. The post-holiday home seems empty, dark, and sterile. Christmas and […]

  • The American Dunkirk and The Indispensables

    The American Dunkirk and The Indispensables

    World War II history buffs recall the British retreat at Dunkirk.  Backed against the sea, the British miraculously evacuated most of their forces despite being cornered by the unstoppable German war machine. This Allied defeat actually saved the British, French, and Belgian forces to fight another day and ultimately win the war. But did you […]

  • The Saddest Thing about Christmas

    An early morning trip to the grocer on December 26th revealed a surprising discovery. All the Christmas decorations had been removed, and New Year’s Eve promotions were already prominently displayed. Apparently, Christmas 2021 was over. Hmmm, it must be time to turn our attention to the next holiday. Or is it? Not so fast, Ebenezer. […]

  • The Invasion

    The Invasion had been planned for centuries. The evil Prince had rebelled against his Sovereign King and delighted in using lies and deceptions to torment the people of his former Sovereign. He sneered at his captives. He mocked how they were powerless to resist his temptations. They were his slaves now and served only him […]

  • Don’t Drink The Kool-Aid

    Growing up, Kool-Aid was a welcome refreshment on hot summer afternoons. Television commercials touted this 1950s version of an energy drink for the fun it provided, the ease of mixing it, and its mom-loving low cost. Years later, I realized the sugar content of all soft drinks, including Kool-Aid, served as a shortcut to the […]

  • The Years That End in One

    The Years That End in One

    “Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.” (Psalm 90:12) The Psalmist reminds us that our days in these earthly bodies are numbered.  How exactly do we “number our days?”  For me, seasonal changes are a time for reflection.  It’s the Fall of 2021, and here in the American […]

  • Ethical Ways of Viewing Porn?

    Ethical Ways of Viewing Porn?

    Is it possible to sugarcoat evil?  To normalize the reprehensible? To rationalize doing immoral things?  Apparently, in today’s culture, the answer is “yes.” Axis is a Christian-based media organization aimed at helping parents navigate the cultural changes that impact teens.  They have a periodic email called “Culture Translation” that sums up current cultural trends. It’s […]

  • The Sacrifice of Freedom for Order

    The Sacrifice of Freedom for Order

    What do a 1980s evangelist, an Imperial Officer of the Galactic Empire, and the current Bishop of Los Angeles have in common? I connected those dots recently when three of my grandsons spent a weekend with us.  As we continued watching the Star Wars spinoff series called  The Mandalorian, the “aha” moment occurred during a […]