Sabbatical Journey #1: Office Remodeling and Madness

A time is coming when men will go mad, and when they see someone who is not mad, they will attack...
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Why is “Ordinary Time” so – ordinary?

Why is “Ordinary Time” so – ordinary?

It's Ordinary Time according to the greater church calendar. After Easter, after Pentecost comes Ordinary Time, just plain o' ordinary... time. Here's the scripture where we find the basis for Ordinary Time... Acts 1:6 So when they had come together, they were asking...

The Benedictine Regular Fast- My Lenten Experiment

The Benedictine Regular Fast- My Lenten Experiment

French Benedictine Hermit, Adalbert de Vogue begins his little (rare) book "To Love Fasting" with his personal experience of "the regular fast..." "Having risen at three o'clock, I first celebrated the night office for an hour and half, then attended to various...

Are Demons Real?

Are Demons Real?

On Ash Wednesday I mentioned an ancient Christian fighting off a demon. Here's the actual story from Abba Elias: An old man was living in a temple and the demons came to say to him, "Leave this place which belongs to us," and the old man said, "No place belongs to...

Is Social Media Bad for the Soul?

I am working on an article about gluttony. Yes, that's right... that old archaic sin of gluttony. I believe our American culture has evolved into an insatiable instantaneous cult of appetite. Maybe what gave me energy for this was the Super Bowl Doritos ad that...

Charity is the doorway to prayer

Eventually every earnest young Christian asks, "So if a gangster steals and gives the money to the church, is that okay?" The desert fathers reply 'yes.' Why? First, let it be said there were no more morally perfect Christians than the desert fathers - ever. Those...

Creating Family Traditions – and materialism

We decommissioned the family boat this past weekend in Kirksville, Missouri, at our annual family ski weekend at Thousand Hills State Park. Laurie's father purchased the little blue used 15 foot ski boat back in 1983, probably because he got the "boat bug" from his...

PokemonGo and Parenting

"PokemonGo! Ach, what a stupid fad," so said my recent meeting with an intelligent 50+ year-old man. Not so fast folks. There's more here than you give credit, sir. Backstory My thirteen-year-old son and his friends wanted to go up to the church a week ago Monday. In...

Reading Dostoevsky And Feeling Like The Idiot

Does anyone blog about Fyodor Dostoevsky? Nobody actually reads Dostoevsky. Too thick - literally, the books are too bullet-stopping thick. Too thick - FD's books are classified as "philosophical and psychological." *Yawn. But still, something calls me to read him...

Adding Another Lens to See God and the World

I believe each of us look at the world through a series of lenses: money, love life, security, Bible, white or black or (_), education, suffering, trauma - on and on. Most of us are unaware of our lenses or our "unthoughts" to quote Michel Foucault. Healthy...

Difference Between the Apostles’ and Nicene Creeds

Last month I preached on the Apostles' Creed in response to the old heresy of Arianism. I thought we needed some tightening up on two persistent heresies: Arianism and Gnosticism. I said that the Apostles' Creed was developed against Arius. But Ryan Fouts, PhD...

Post-Its of Gratitude: What Did We Learn?

Lakeland people were charged with writing a word of gratitude on a Post-It each day and posting it on the kitchen wall. I think it was a success in our house. With four of us we finally had to stand on a chair to post the final few days of gratitude Post-Its. Did it...

My Final Lenten Poem

I have no exit but smoke A Holocaust, An Oblation And become nothing, One with the aether Seduced! Seduced! Seduced! I am...

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