Spiritual Renewal in Everyday Life

Kenny Rogers and James

Humor me. Some of you my age will remember the singer, Kenny Rogers. If so, surely, you then will recall his song, “The Gambler.” You know the refrain, “you’ve got to know when to hold ‘em, know when to fold ‘em, know when to walk away.” They don’t sing songs like that anymore. Such wisdom.

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Generosity and Compassion

How do I give, if I don’t have anything to give? What does it mean to give from abundance when I can scarcely get by? How do you know God loves a cheerful giver? Did you know young people today find that while generosity is important what is more important is their growing concern over

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A Peanut Butter Sandwich

I write to you on the 20th anniversary of the darkness in 9/11 and the heroic rescue operations that took place by the first responders. Louisville Author Doug Keeney reminds us of the “untold” story of the evacuation from the boat lift that rescued nearly 300,000 people on Manhattan Island during that dreadful day[1]. Reflect

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Blessed Are Those Who Are Persecuted

I think the Sermon on the Mount provides the deepest and most profound treatment and explanation for the human predicament of how to live—today. It is a timeless document. It is filled with spiritual knowledge. It is quite simply, the Word of God. And one word especially stands out today. In fact, Jesus calls it

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Living Prayer (James 1:6)

Take a moment, and rest your eyes and your soul on the letter James writes to the church, and especially the phrase “ask in faith.” To be honest, at first blush, my eyes skipped over these words and ran to the next words, and verse. You see, there is some danger in speed reading. It

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All You Need is God

When I was a young adult, I remember joining the Beatles in singing, “All you need is love.” Obviously, I didn’t sing with the Beatles, but when I was in the car with the windows up, or in the shower and nobody was around, I belted it out. The tune and the words stuck. So

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The Vision of Hope

Take a moment, and travel with me as we follow St. Paul back to the city of Troas. You may never have heard of Troas. It was a thriving metropolis back in its day. It was so flourishing that none other than Julius Caesar once considered making Troas his western capital for the Roman empire.

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The Pursuit of Happiness

I’m sure most of you know the Fourth of July is a day set aside when, as a nation, we celebrate and recognize the signing of the Declaration of Independence. For those schools that encouraged reading the opening of the Declaration, we learned that we had a right to pursue happiness. Many of us did

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Sanctity of Life

Many people have told me over the years “they are spiritual but not religious.” I’m writing to you during the season of Pentecost. It is our time to reflect on and live in the power of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is “holy” for a number of reasons. One reason that I will touch

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Pentecost, 2021

Much of my adult life has been spent thinking about human life and life with God. There is a difference between the two. But, every now and then, the life with God meets and interacts with our life. It is not weird or goofy. It is real. When reason for a moment stands over mystery

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Kenny Rogers and James

Humor me. Some of you my age will remember the singer, Kenny Rogers. If so, surely, you then will recall his song, “The Gambler.” You know the refrain, “you’ve got to know when to hold ‘em, know when to fold ‘em, know when to walk away.” They don’t sing songs like that anymore. Such wisdom.

Read More »

Generosity and Compassion

How do I give, if I don’t have anything to give? What does it mean to give from abundance when I can scarcely get by? How do you know God loves a cheerful giver? Did you know young people today find that while generosity is important what is more important is their growing concern over

Read More »

A Peanut Butter Sandwich

I write to you on the 20th anniversary of the darkness in 9/11 and the heroic rescue operations that took place by the first responders. Louisville Author Doug Keeney reminds us of the “untold” story of the evacuation from the boat lift that rescued nearly 300,000 people on Manhattan Island during that dreadful day[1]. Reflect

Read More »

Blessed Are Those Who Are Persecuted

I think the Sermon on the Mount provides the deepest and most profound treatment and explanation for the human predicament of how to live—today. It is a timeless document. It is filled with spiritual knowledge. It is quite simply, the Word of God. And one word especially stands out today. In fact, Jesus calls it

Read More »

Living Prayer (James 1:6)

Take a moment, and rest your eyes and your soul on the letter James writes to the church, and especially the phrase “ask in faith.” To be honest, at first blush, my eyes skipped over these words and ran to the next words, and verse. You see, there is some danger in speed reading. It

Read More »

All You Need is God

When I was a young adult, I remember joining the Beatles in singing, “All you need is love.” Obviously, I didn’t sing with the Beatles, but when I was in the car with the windows up, or in the shower and nobody was around, I belted it out. The tune and the words stuck. So

Read More »