Reading Time: 2 minutes I like writing this blog. Thinking about current events is cathartic for me during these tumultuous times. Connecting theology with what’s happening in the world is part of my calling. … Continue reading Derailed by a Puppy
Reading Time: 2 minutes I was reading Christ the Sacrament of the Encounter with God by Edward Schillebeeckx (Oxford: Sheed & Ward, 1963) and discovered a surprising metaphor for Christ as a sacrament. Schillebeeckx … Continue reading A Jazz Drummer, Christ the Savior, & Dynamic Unity
Reading Time: 2 minutes In Mother Teresa’s book In the Heart of the World, she writes about God’s calling on her and her fellow Missionaries of Charity. She says that God calls them to … Continue reading Seeking God in Everything
Reading Time: 3 minutes Does anyone remember when people criticized George H. W. Bush for checking his watch during a presidential debate? What about the time Al Gore sighed? Last night, I watched the … Continue reading What happened to decorum? (Hint: See 1 Cor. 14:33)
Reading Time: < 1 minute God is with us. We find this affirmation over and over again in the Bible. We read people’s testimonies of God’s presence throughout history. Many of us may have experienced … Continue reading Finding Joy
Reading Time: 2 minutes The time for confession is now. Confess what you have in word or action, by night or by day. Confess while it is the acceptable time, and receive the heavenly … Continue reading Praying for Peace
Reading Time: < 1 minute I struggle with what to say at this moment. People do not talk with one another. We seem to all choose sides and try to win. For instance, after the … Continue reading Saying Something Helpful
Reading Time: 2 minutes Each day the news seems to bring new types of turmoil. Wildfires, hurricanes, and violence reoccur in the news cycle with overwhelming frequency. Instead of addressing an issue, conversations become … Continue reading Finding Grace in Turmoil
Reading Time: 3 minutes Some years ago, I was trying to fix my bike and realized that accessing the gears required a special tool—a gear cassette lockring tool. I didn’t have one and my … Continue reading Practicing Patience
Reading Time: 7 minutes When the adversaries of Judah and Benjamin heard that the returned exiles were building a temple to the Lord, the God of Israel, they approached Zerubbabel and the heads of … Continue reading Opposition to do What’s Right (Or What We Think is Right)
Reading Time: 2 minutes In Luke 10:25-37, Jesus has a conversation with someone who wants to know how to be in eternal communion with God. The person uses different language to frame the question. … Continue reading How can we ‘love our neighbors’?
Reading Time: 6 minutes In 2004, we were living on our boat in Puerto Rico but were in the process moving to Florida. Melanie was expecting our second child and my task was to … Continue reading What does it mean to go home again?
Reading Time: 2 minutes In Matthew 18:15-20, Jesus talks about approaching someone who did something to separate that person from God—commonly known as sinning. Usually, we think about sin as an act between a … Continue reading Love in the name of Christ