Benediction

I’ll never forget banging my head against the wall when I came to the end of my first book, May You Live in Christ: Spiritual Growth Through the Vision of St. Peter. How to finish a book may be every author’s worst nightmare. More to the point, how do you stick a fork in it … Read more

Pastor Jack and Mutual Affection

I still recall traveling with the youth from our parish on a mission to the Dominican Republic. We were all immediately aware of the oppressive heat. There was also the oppressive poverty. Our mission was outside of Barahona, in a Haitian refugee camp. Some of the sights, sounds and smells were difficult and depressing. In … Read more

Mutual Affection

What do you want to watch on television tonight? “I don’t care.” What do you want for dinner? “I don’t care?” Do you want to go to church? “I don’t care.” Have you noticed how many times a day we either say or hear the comment, “I don’t care?” From the mundane, to matters of … Read more

Remember Godliness

The Ethiopian icon has something of a playful quality about it. Appearing like cartoon figures at first glance, the picture is almost easy to dismiss. As we look more carefully, however, there is a halo and the depiction of Jesus. The other figures appearing are the disciples. I don’t know about you, but I can’t … Read more

Endurance Reveals Patience

I don’t know about you but I have the patience of a strobe light especially checking out in a grocery line. Actually, I don’t do well waiting for a cup of coffee. Come to think of it, traffic jams and red lights and freight trains crawling along with the annoying blinking gates makes me say … Read more

Endurance Exceeds Grit

Born into a fifth-generation Christian family of Hindu/Muslim background in India, Frank Wesley brings a stunning faith perspective to his work.  He was internationally known and at the request of the family designed an urn for Mahatma Ghandi’s ashes. Above is a picture of Jesus healing the leper (Luke 5:12-16). For those not familiar with … Read more

Forgiveness

Forgiveness is at the heart of our Christian faith. It is Good News. Scripture could read, “For God so forgives the world, He gave us his only begotten Son.” Forgiveness and love go together. They walk hand in hand. Forgiveness believes all things, hopes all things and endures all things. Forgiveness is future oriented. If … Read more

Self-control

With so much of life now seemingly out of control, this might be a good time to think about self-control. Rembrandt paints a picture of Peter telling a lie. It is a painful reminder not only for Peter but for all of us who know that without God, life is out of control. We are … Read more