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If gays are going to hell, are gluttons going too?

A few days ago, here in my home state of New Jersey, a story appeared that irked me. The Director of Campus Ministry at Seton Hall University, Warren Hall, posted a pro-LBGT (Lesbian/Gay/ Bisexual/Transgender) remark on his Twitter account. In today’s day and age, it seemed fairly innocuous: LGBT 'NO H8'.Who can argue with a no-hate message? But the next day Mr. Hall was fired from his job. Now, you should know that Seton Hall is a Catholic University and Warren Hall is a Catholic priest. (I … [Read More...]

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The puzzling Jesus parable—and a minster’s perfect response.

It was a few hours after my daughter was born, and I was sitting in chair in a small local hospital, as my wife and newborn child slept peacefully nearby. On the nightstand next to me, I noticed a copy of The Holy Bible, Contemporary English Version and picked it up.It was the first time I had opened up a Bible in years, and as I flipped through the pages I was surprised to find it was not the medieval-sounding “King James” version I had glanced at in hotel rooms in the past. This bible was w … [Read More...]

Life is too short to be “busy” all the time.

I recently listened to a podcast with a great riff by the author Tim Kreider on how we seem to pride ourselves on our “busy” lives. Tim points out that while this busyness makes us feel important, there’s also a huge downside to our nonstop activity—it takes away from our ability to be lazy.Now, … [Read More...]

Napoleon Hill on getting ahead in life: with sex.

Successful people tend to be highly sexed. ~Napolean HillHave you ever read Napolean Hill’s Think and Grow Rich? One of the strangest and most curious parts of this self-help classic is found in a chapter titled The Mystery of Sex Transmutation. I’m sure it raised a few eyebrows when it was fir … [Read More...]

The powerful prayer that was forgotten about for centuries—and its amazing comeback.

What do you do when it feels like your prayers are going into a deep, dark void and aren’t connecting you with the Divine?Well, 700 years ago a Christian mystic had an answer, an alternative to traditional prayer that he believed offered a direct connection to God. The Roman Catholic church s … [Read More...]

Making the world a better place: one kind act at a time.

You have not lived today until you have done something for someone who can never repay you. ~John BunyanWant to feel better about yourself? I can think of no better way than by engaging in a “random act of kindness”. It’s a gesture that not only makes the recipient feel better, it has a funny way … [Read More...]

What makes us happy? (It’s not what you might think.)

In the United States, we place a premium on being happy. (Cue the Pharrell Williams video.) Yet, a recent study shows that not all cultures approach life the same way. In a story titled “Not Everyone Wants to Be Happy” at Scientific American, social psychologist Jennifer Aaker points out that our per … [Read More...]

4 Life Lessons from the Minister who helped win a Super Bowl.

If you’re even a casual football fan, you probably know by now that the New England Patriots won the 2015 Super Bowl. But you may not know about the man called “a critical part of the team’s success”, though he’s not part of the coaching staff and has never played a single down.His name is Jack E … [Read More...]

A Look at Non-Stop Prayer—and a Very Doable Alternative.

I’ve always been fascinated by the simple edict found at in the New Testament to “Pray without ceasing”. Perhaps because, I have several times come across people and religious groups that take this proclamation quite literally.A few years ago, I read about a group of young Christian men, who bega … [Read More...]

A Wake Up Call from Bill Murray (and Life).

There’s an article in a recent issue of Rolling Stone called “Being Bill Murray”. It tells the story of how the now 64-year old actor has a habit of engaging in sometimes mischievous, often beguiling public acts.For instance, there’s the time he stopped to read poetry to a group of construction … [Read More...]

Does God have a plan for your life? Ralph Waldo Emerson has a compelling answer.

God’s plan for your life isn’t a map you see all at once, but a scroll unrolled a little at a time, requiring faith. ~Rick Warren, pastor and authorIn Christian circles, it’s common to believe that God has a plan for your life. It’s an idea called predestination (aka religious determinism) an … [Read More...]

Napoleon Hill on Work/Life Balance: a Message for 2015.

You may know the author Napoleon Hill because of his book Think and Grow Rich. It’s one of my favorite inspirational/ motivational reads and is one of the best-selling books of all time. Even though it was first published in 1937, the book’s primary message—that you can get what you want through visu … [Read More...]

Saving Baby Jesus from the Trash Man. (A Christmas Story.)

I am a runner and four or five days a week, in the dim early hours of morning, I jog around town. My path is usually the same, I hug the nearby river as closely as possible, and pass the same houses and landmarks. There’s something comforting about the familiarity the route offers, it’s part of my ge … [Read More...]

Musings on God and Life from an 85-Year Old Expat Living in France.

His name is Johnny and in his daydreams we meet regularly in Washington Square Park, not far from where I work in New York City. He spent a few months in the city in 1968 and has fond memories of his visit. But, this being 2014, we actually meet online. Johnny commented on one of my Wake Up Call c … [Read More...]


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