Blood Curse

This week I went to mass with my Girlfriend, who is a catholic, and the account of the crucifixion found in Matthew was read. One verse in particular stuck out to both of us. It’s found in chapter twenty-seven. I’m sure many of you are familiar with it. It’s known as “the bood curse:” In the greek it reads: Ιδων δε ο Πιλατος οτι ουδεν ωφελει αλλα μαλλον θορυβος γινεται, λαβων υδωρ απενιψατο τας χειρας απεναντι του οχλου, λεγων αθωος… Read more

Galatians Part 1: Glory to and From heaven

I recently began a conversation with MissionChrist about the book of Galatians.I’d really love to hear what people think about this. Read more

Tattooed Jesus Part II

In the last post we talked a lot about why people get tattoos. But I didn’t mention the primary reason I get tattoos. For me a tattoo is more then anything an expression of who I am at a point in my life. For me the process of getting a tattoo is something like this. Inspiration – I often find an image or an idea for a tattoo. If it’s an idea I try to create it with my limited… Read more

Abortion

Sorry for the delays I’ve been really busy with a series and some coffee stuff. We’ll hopefully have my Galatians series up here soon, and also part 2 of tattoo Jesus stuff!I got an E-Mail this morning from a friend and I thought I’d post it and my response. I think it’s an important issue to think about.This is one of those issues about which I am completely torn apart. I know a lot of people reading this will differ… Read more

Tattooed Jesus

These days tattoos are everywhere. All the kids are getting them and ever a good number of grandma’s are jumping on the ink n’ needle train. And I think that’s splendid. I love tattoos! I really do. I have 9 at the time of writing this and I’m working on a new piece with a friend of mine this week which will hopefully make it to an epidermis near you soon. But why do people get tattoos? Sometimes a tattoo… Read more

Peace on Earth pt 2

I hope you all enjoyed last weeks advent talk… heres another one as long as we’re on the subject of talks no longer relevant to the liturgical calendar. or the mp3 http://www.sermonmediaplayer.com/c/missionchrist/audio/52371_3815.mp3This one is called Gold Frankincenses and Cigarettes Tell me what you think.I gave another talk last week but I think I lost about half the audio. If anyone wants me to post it I will just comment… I WANT IT and I will… if not. Oh well! Read more

Peace on Earth pt 1

During advent I did a historical series on Christmas at both MissionChrist and St. Luke I had a TON of fun doing it. I thought I’d post links to the audio files for those of you who are interested.This week check out the first one!the mp3 can also be acquired HERE Read more

Goats, Granola, and Guatemala

The Following is a sample chapter from a book I’m Working on… Please let me know what you think!-Billy It all started with a goat. At least that’s how the legend goes. A herder in Eastern Ethiopia noticed members of the herd had an extra bounce to their step. The goats had been doing what goats do best, eating whatever they find. And what they found were coffee cherries. Soon the goats were prancing around like the cast of Riverdance,… Read more

Identity and Church

This morning I was supposed to teach at my old home congregation. I woke up dug my car out of a pile of snow and skidded into Ann Arbor where my suspicions were confirmed that church was cancelled. There was however a small remnant there that had come to prepare the morning meal for the Youth Group, which it didn’t look like would have the critical mass present to proceed. This created a bit of a quandary. There were stacks… Read more

Joy to the World

Joy is an elusive shadow. It is not a tangible substance, but rather aura that seems to surround certain, people, experiences, or achievements. I long for it in the morning, strive for it in the day, and more often then I’d like sleep without it at night. So many things can cause joy. Just the other day while waking down the side walk I was overcome with the joy of skating across the concrete on a fresh sheet of Ice…. Read more

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