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The “Way of the Cross” Leads to Easter

Friday, April 15th, 2022

Good Friday, the day Jesus hung on that old wooden cross, has been celebrated by Christians for centuries.  It was the culmination of His mission on earth.  The night before his execution he experienced the agony in the garden.  According the the Evangelist Luke 22: 41-44, 41 He withdrew about a stone’s throw beyond them, […]

Feed the Sheep

Thursday, March 31st, 2022

Accountability is one of those words politicians love to throw around.  Voters and politicians alike apply it to their opponents but rarely use it look in the mirror.  Accountability means taking responsibility for one’s actions. Accountability requires weighing cause and effect.  Did a certain word or action create or cause a measurable effect? Conservative politicians […]

Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.

Friday, March 11th, 2022

I support LGBTQ+ because I am an American. I will not fear my neighbor because of who they are. I believe all humans are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights among these are life liberty and the pursuit of happiness. I believe in limited government. I am a liberal. I will love my […]

Old Question, Same Answer

Thursday, December 30th, 2021

One of the first stories in the Bible recounts the relationship between Cain and his younger brother Abel.  Cain famously killed Able because God praised Abel’s gifts. After the killing, God asked Cain where to find Abel.  Cain angrily replied “Am I my brother’s keeper?” We never get a direct answer to that question. There […]

Away in A Manger

Thursday, December 16th, 2021

The Gospel of Luke starts with the most recognizable image of Christmas: a babe, wrapped in bands of cloth, lying in a manger. The manger scene certainly is touching, but it is also powerful.  It tells us everything we need to know about Christianity. The Christ child is weak and vulnerable.   His mother gave birth […]

Advent

Thursday, December 2nd, 2021

One of the best parts growing up as a Roman Catholic was enjoying all of the Holy Days.  During the Middle Ages, the Roman Catholic Church controlled the calendar and established celebrations year- round. These “holidays” taught and reinforced the faith. After the Sixteenth Century Protestant Reformation, non-Catholic politicians began canceling many of these celebrations.  […]

Don’t Bear False Witness

Thursday, October 14th, 2021

Justice requires the truth.  As Americans we require anyone testifying to do it under oath.  Oath breakers face penalties for perjury. The truth is no less important in other aspects of life.  Both Civil Law and the Bible made bearing false witness a crime.  Civil law calls it liable.  Psalm 6 calls bearing false witness […]

Abuse is Closer Than We Think

Thursday, June 24th, 2021

Many of the old German folk tales deal with risks and threats. Children needed to learn that there are dangers in the world. What must of us don’t realize is that the dangers are closer to home than we want to admit.  Most of us prefer to believe threats come from strangers: “Stranger Danger.” The […]

Trust, Not Fear

Thursday, May 20th, 2021

Sunday, May 23, is the Western Christian holiday of Pentecost.  According to Christian scripture, the Holy Spirit emboldened the frightened followers of Jesus on Pentecost.  The holiday derives its name from the Jewish feast of the first fruits. God commanded the Hebrews to offer their first fruits to Him fifty (penta) days after Passover.  This […]

Happy Easter

Saturday, April 3rd, 2021

Reading the Gospel of John on Easter provides a great insight into “Christian Leadership” and “Christian Citizenship.”  John expresses in clear, unequivocal language the call to service and self-sacrifice. The mystery of Easter starts in John 13.  Jesus is sitting down with his disciples for his “Last Supper.”  He surprises them by getting down on […]

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