“How deeply do you feel about the ministry the Lord has called you to? If the desperate needs of those people you [are seeking to] . . . reach have never caused you to weep, you may want to go back into your prayer closet.” The God Ask, by Steve ShadrachChapter 7 I wonder.How many … More How Deeply Do You Care?
John F. Kennedy35th President of the United States (1961–63) I remember the election of 1960. Actually, I remember the last year of the Kennedy administration. By then I was 8 years old and I knew that in our household, mom had voted for Kennedy and dad voted for Nixon. I also know that that difference … More He Couldn’t Be Nominated by Either Party Today
I started this post some time ago (2 years). I hope it is completely irrelevant. Gun violence isn’t a left or right issue. It isn’t even a law versus more laws issue. There is more evidence all the time of a deep sickness at the core of American society in these shootings in Columbine, CO, … More The Next Shooting
This is a story I read years and years ago. I was reminded of it again last night when an old friend from California contacted me on LinkedIN and we talked about the difference the gospel makes in our live in contrast to the triviality of some of the things that we spend our lives … More Trivial Pursuit or Changing the World?
Less than four weeks til pitchers and catchers report to Spring Training and in celebration of the Phillies signing the best catcher in all of baseball to a five year contract . . . a story from a few summers ago. I was winding down after an emotional memorial service for a dear brother and … More Because I Love Baseball and this is Amazing
Tuesday is for Spiritual Challenge I love my country. Flaws and all, I love it. I think, on balance, it has been a force for good in the world, even with all of its missteps and corruptions. But it is dangerous to live here. Dangerous to the soul. Our affluence, our comforts, and the long … More Fighting the Urge to Live for Comfort, Convenience and Security
Some saints struggle more than others. I don’t know why. But it happens. Right now, I’m not going to analyze the whys. I just want to make the observation and point out an error that sometimes results from the observable fact that some saints struggle to progress in the Christian life at the same pace … More Struggles and Sins
Someone once told me that I ask dangerous questions. I think they meant it as a compliment, at least that is the way I took it. I don’t know if it is always wise to ask dangeous questions or even if dangerous questions ought to be our goal. But when I read this short … More Should We Dare to Ask This Question?
I had lunch with an old friend from college today who was holding on to a broken-hearted joy. For many years, two of his children have been wandering in far countries, like prodigals aiming at pig styes. Two children who had left the fold and with it, despite all of my friend and his wife’s … More Holding on to Broken-hearted Joy
On the eve of the inauguration of our new president, a reflection: The First World War had not gone well for the Allies. Faced with unpreparedness for war, general incompetence, flawed strategies and both political and military infighting, the carnage and waste of human lives was revolting and depressing. One thing had gone well. The … More 1918 Lessons for 2021