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June 20, 2024
“Where there is despair, [let me sow] hope;”

There are many reasons people in our society today feel despair. There is political volatility, continued racial unrest, great inequality with regard to income levels. Health concerns and the cost of treatments continue to skyrocket. The list seems endless. Yes, there is much to cause people to despair.

June 13, 2024
My wife has a gift for making up rhymes. She will observe something interesting or unusual and a moment later some clever verse will spill from her lips, usually to an improvised tune. I think to myself, we should be writing these down, but the moment passes, and her verse is lost.
June 6, 2024
The Prayer of St. Francis continues, “Where there is injury, [let me sow] pardon;”

There are all kinds of injuries that take place in a person’s life. An “injury” can be physical, mental or spiritual. Unfortunately, it seems we live in a world where getting even is the first reaction when an injury occurs. Make the other person suffer as much as the victim has been made to suffer. Sue! Go for the deep pockets and get all kinds of money. Don’t get even – get more than even!

May 23, 2024
In my previous article I shared with you a little bit about the man we know as St. Francis of Assisi. As a young man he became disillusioned with his family’s wealth and all the trappings that went along with it. His heart was changed by the living Christ, and he became an advocate of the poor, living in poverty himself, and answering the call to “fix” Christ’s broken church.
May 16, 2024
Francis was born into a very wealthy family. He never wanted for anything while growing up at home. He enjoyed the finer things in life. His mother doted on him. His father provided very well for the family. During his childhood, he lacked for nothing.
May 7, 2024
One of the teachings of Jesus is we are to do good to those who hate us (Luke 6:27). What? Be nice to people that hate us?? He must have been suffering from heatstroke that day.

Then he said we are to love our enemies (Luke 6:35). Love our enemies?? That sounds absolutely crazy. He must have been suffering from heatstroke.

May 2, 2024
I did the “seminary thing” backward, serving in full time ministry at one church for 12 years – 8 as an ordained pastor – with no formal Bible education; then I went to seminary. Colleagues insisted that I would have an advantage over my classmates who would have just graduated from Bible college. After a few classes, I understood. What the fresh Bible college grads knew was yet untested theory. What I knew came from personal study, from experience, and from making a lot of mistakes.
April 25, 2024
“The times, they are a changin,’” Bob Dylan warned sixty years ago. Newsflash, Bob, they change every year, twice a year in fact. Last month, we honored the mnemonic “spring forward,” and will do the opposite come November when we “fall back.” It’s even more complicated for Floridians because we are one of the 13 states that sit in two time zones.
April 18, 2024
If your desired candidate for president of this country wins in the 2024 election, how do you think you will feel?

Do you think you will feel elated? Satisfied? Pleased? Justified? Validated? Secure?

April 11, 2024
Last week, I celebrated my 40th birthday. One look at me and you might think I am someone who repeatedly celebrates 39th birthdays. No, I was celebrating the day 40 years ago when I was, in Jesus’ words, born again.
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