Sabbatical Journey #2: Finding Proper Alignment for the Soul

I have been on sabbatical since August 1, and it ends December 1. Sabbatical is not a fancy name...
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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...

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...

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...

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...

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