June 26, 2020

Lurking in the background is the arrogant presumption that what we know today is the correct view of history. To think that only today, after thousands of years of human history, that we are the chosen generation, should give us pause. We shouldn’t believe that we are the people with the absolute moral authority to look at generations past with a righteous judgment.   And worst yet, we want to transfer the sins of the fathers – and their friends – on to a current generation. That is a deep and dark hole to plunge, a place in which no one is safe. Taking the innocence of a modern people and swapping that for the guilt of the ancients is neither practical nor reasonable Read more

May 26, 2020

Thus, the problem with Bucket Lists. We think that to really experience things, we have to grasp everything this planet has to offer. So we eat to excess, slip into sensuality, travel without satisfaction, and buy with no regard. We act as if this is everything.  We mark them off, one by one. But in the end, all we have is an empty list – and an empty heart. Read more

May 19, 2020

The problem with a  Christian culture that is increasingly influenced by secular thoughts, we don’t measure our choices by God’s standard. His choice isn’t consulted, instead, we pick one of the two options and then ask for his blessing. Read more

May 3, 2020

In the final analysis, we are not partisan combatants, we are human beings, equally vulnerable and equally wonderful in the sight of God. We rise or fall together and we are determined to rise Read more

April 6, 2020

Joy is the that deep-rooted strength that doesn’t depend on circumstance. It’s a word that frustrates the worldly man or woman, who measures everything by a net sum/gain. But our view is deeper and longer and simply not a problem to solved by a set of variables. Joy is the secret ingredient to a resilient life. And no. I’m not giving that up. Read more

March 14, 2020

In times of crisis, we lean on our faith community and religious rituals to give us frame of meaning and a promise to be strong and to hold on to something greater. This is not a time for social or spiritual isolation. We need each other more than ever now. Read more

March 4, 2020

That family applause of achievement never really ends. We cheer our children as they grow. Education, jobs, promotions and then kids of their own. The refrigerator is never really empty. That’s what any kid deep down inside want to hear. “I’m proud of you. You’ve done well.”I wonder if when we get to heaven, God will have a refrigerator. What accomplishments will he hang? What matters to Him? Read more

February 20, 2020

Anger is a proper motivator to rid the world of evil or to right wrongs. Henry Beecher said “A man that does not how to angry does not how to be good. A man that does not know how to be shaken to his heart’s core with indignation over things evil is either a fungus, or a wicked man.” But admittedly, I don’t handle it well. Read more

February 17, 2020

So, it’s finally time to come clean. I worked at a restaurant once as a teenager. It was the Nugget, on the Nevada side of Lake Tahoe. It was a small casino with a few 21 tables, a row of slots, and lots of bleary-eyed people pulling nickel slot machines. The back of the casino had a small restaurant where we served $2.99 stacks of pancakes and a $7.99 prime rib. It was my first real job as I bussed… Read more

February 10, 2020

I was once a not-stopping-for-anything young man, ready to change the world. I did my share of shaking things up. But then life got in the way — Marriage. Kids. Jobs. Career. A mortgage. Soon, I had every excuse, every reason why I couldn’t change the world. Not much has changed, except now, I use my past as an excuse, littered with selfishness and broken relationships. I have proven inadequacies, personal chinks in my armor that I know leave me vulnerable…. Read more

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