faith Archive

The Christmas Light

The first Christmas – the one when Jesus of Nazareth was born – occurred in the shadow of vicious hatred, racism, and fear. A candle lit in the midst of utter darkness. A tiny light of hope under a pervasive, ominous blanket of evil. ...Read More

Saints and Super Powers

So Mother Teresa of Calcutta is now St. Teresa of Calcutta. In the Holy Roman Catholic Church, a saint is a kind of extra-holy human – a person like you and me, but with a kind of “holy super power.” Teresa’s “super power” was ...Read More

Mom Always Sang – Dad Always Whistled

I didn’t grow up in a “musical family. “ We weren’t the Von Trapp family, the Cowsills, or the Partridge Family. But there was always music in our home. Mom always sang. And Dad always whistled. When it came to singing, Dad couldn’t carry ...Read More

Focusing Beyond the Goal

I’ve heard said it in sermons all my life: kindness is its own reward. Jesus Himself said, we’re told (it’s not recorded in the gospels), that it’s more blessed to give than to receive. We give out of the overflow of our hearts in ...Read More

Lost in the Wonder of an Endlessly Creative God

The God I serve is endlessly creative and his creations are endlessly fascinating. The apostle Paul says we can learn about God’s nature by looking at what He has made: By taking a long and thoughtful look at what God has created, people have ...Read More

Am I Ready for the Storm?

These days, I find myself walking a tightrope between two somewhat contradictory lines of thinking. On the one hand, I am very much in favor of the ideal of our nation being the “leader of the free world,” a nation where everyone lives in ...Read More

Welcome to the Hotel California (what a nice surprise!)

My friend Deny (pronounced Denny) says that the best rock song ever recorded is the Eagles’ Hotel California. I’m inclined to agree. This dreamscaped narrative takes the listener through a fascinating series of “scenes.” In case you haven’t ever heard it (wait! – REALLY? ...Read More