There is an everydayness to being a Christian. Most Christians in the history of the Church have been the normal, everyday people. Most of us have not been, nor are going to be canonized Saints, but that does not mean that we are not significant for the Body of Christ. The Church and the Saints exist for the everyday man. Christ in His ministry always cared for the everyday person; He healed,...
I’ll admit to being a little apathetic about Earth Day (if you are apathetic, shouldn’t that mean that you are not pathetic?). In a post-Christian world, the vacuum left by refusing to worship God is often filled by subconsciously worshipping Gaia. It has lots of parallels: sacraments (recycling, locavorism, etc.); commandments; prophets; evangelists, appropriate vestments; fringe...
Continuing our 7 Things series for they Year of Faith:
The Nephilim (Genesis 6:1-4) weren’t giants. I’ve already dealt with the Nephilim here, but in a nutshell, they were very mean, immoral humans. Some have tried to dismiss the Nephilim as a vestige of Hebrew myth – an opinion which, if true, would justify dismissing any number of other things in the Bible, thus the...
It’s Good Friday morning so our thoughts move toward our Lord’s anguish as he mentally prepares for Golgotha. We know what He will face externally: the scourging, the insults, the rejection by His friends, and finally the nails and cross. Less is available in Scripture about the suffering He experienced internally during this time, though we get some clues:
He took with him Peter,...
Hopefully you don’t think the title is irreverent or sacriligious; it’s just the reaction I usually get when I read a Gospel account similar to today’s:
The Jews picked up rocks to stone Jesus. Jesus answered them, “I have shown you many good works from my Father. For which of these are you trying to stone me?”… Then they tried again to arrest him; but he escaped from...
Being a parent makes you insane. Not only are 50% of my self-referential statements made in the third person, but I correct my sons when they follow suit. Yesterday, my oldest had asked politely for some cheese and as I entered the dining room, he said flatly, “Put it on my plate.” I stopped in my tracks and just stared at him and as the seconds went by, his error occurred to him and...