life with God Archive

The Fact that You Know It Doesn’t Make It True

Life Lessons from the Front Porch What does it mean to “know” something? Great thinkers and philosophers have been debating this from time immemorial. There is even a branch of study devoted to this. It is called epistemology. The study of how it is ...Read More

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

Are You Qualified to Be My Friend?

[Spoiler Alert / Disclaimer – in this post, I may or may not quote from an ancient compendium of deep wisdom which many dismiss out-of-hand as fanciful religiosity. I make no apology for this.] Are you qualified to be my friend? Do you pass ...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