The First episode of the Jim Gaffigan Show is about him being outed as a Catholic comedian


I love the comedy of Jim Gaffigan. He's hilarious. He's a father. He's a Catholic. He's also got a new show. In the first episode he's "outed" as a Catholic. It's a great comment on religion in public life. Take a look: … [Read more...]

The Year of Mercy logo ROCKS! Here’s why it’s okay to say so.

Mercy rocks

Although some of my fellow Patheos writers might disagree with me… I really love the new logo for the Year of Mercy. I think it’s a great image and one that I would proudly display over most church-related logos.Here are 10 reasons why.I love the icon style This picture is based off the traditional style of byzantine iconography. I have written about my love of this style many times before (Exhibit a). It’s a style that is designed to draw you into the imagery, to be a little odd, and t … [Read more...]

Let’s bring an end to the use of Confirmation as a Kind of “Graduation”


Earlier this month Bishop Larry Silva of Honolulu made waves by instructing his diocese that they are to begin efforts toward restoring the sacraments of initiation to their “proper order:” Baptism, Confirmation, and then First Holy Communion. As a liturgical theologian I applaud the change. It makes much more sense both historically and theologically to present the sacraments in this order.In the waters of baptism, a person is united to the life of God in Christ. Under the oil of Chrism, the … [Read more...]

Blessed Saints of Armenia, Pray for us.


Today we the 100 year memorial of the beginning of the Armenian Genocide. It has been a time of profound reflection for me as I have reflected on the tragic history of the Christian community in Armenia. This community of faith was among the first to put their faith in Jesus, and were also among the first to suffer persecution for their faith. This trend has, unfortunately, continued. Christians in this area have suffered at the hands of many. They have suffered under those follow other faiths, … [Read more...]

Today Only: You won’t believe what we’re doing!


As some of you may have heard, I am in the process of turning an old auto/electric shop into a Café and Tap house.  It’s an incredible project (in my unbiased opinion). We will be serving high quality local beer and coffee at the highest level (something I have a great deal of passion about (exhibit a, exhibit b).All of what we will be doing will be oriented toward bringing people together and helping address the issue of hunger in the world. We will be partnering with local organizations who … [Read more...]

Prayer Request: The 17 Sustainable Development Goals


This week, the United Nations is deliberating in New York how to implement the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that it will launch formally in September. These decision will impact how the world helps those in need. In the past sometimes our efforts to help have been poorly managed. Food aid can wind up destabilizing a local economy, or can cause create a culture of dependence rather than fostering entrepreneurial opportunities.I encourage you to pay attention to how these … [Read more...]

My Journey to Workplace Faithfulness


As a layperson in the church, learning how to be faithful in my work is something that is close to my heart. I have worked in a lot of contexts and have often struggled to balance how my faith related to my work. Back when I was a first entering the workforce the main model of faith at work I used was evangelization and the main method I used was exhibition.I showed my faith by displaying my faith.I wore Christian t-shirts, had a cross around my neck, I read my bible at lunchtime, and I s … [Read more...]

Fighting Hunger 50K at a time


Hey friends, I just wanted to share with you a project I'm starting. I have been blessed to share my life with many of you digitally so I wanted to share a bit of a project that I am doing IRL that I am very excited about. It's a cafe and taphouse 501c3 which is helping to end hunger in the world. We just posted a video about it here.Cultivate Coffee & Tap House from Cultivate on Vimeo. We just got a matching grant from the state of Michigan which means if we can raise $50,000 we … [Read more...]

Books are the windows through which the soul looks out. A home without books is like a room without windows


A great quote by Henry Ward Beecher (1813-1888), on books. I though some of you might appreciate it. "Books are not made for furniture, but there is nothing else that so beautifully furnishes a house. The plainest row of books that cloth or paper ever covered is more significant of refinement than the most elaborately carved étagére or sideboard.Books are the windows through which the soul looks out. A home without books is like a room without windows.No man has a right to bring up his c … [Read more...]