Fire – blessing or curse?

Fires are burning faster and hotter than ever before, and complex socio-economic factors are resulting in more people being affected by the effects of smoke, debris flows and other wildfire effects.

Mary Finally Knows

The question, “Mary did you know” dates from 1984.  Mark Lowry wrote the the lyrics for “Mary, Did You Know?” I find the lyrics raise questions I did not know I wanted to ask Mary.

Zooming our way into a digital world?

In the American literary classic, Rip Van Winkle fell asleep in the Catskill Mountains and woke up 20 years later, having missed the American Revolution.

Praying the Our Father With New Ears

Many years ago, I had the privilege of visiting the Vatican Museum of Modern Art with an accomplished artist. I thought I knew it well.  

When Did Christians Become Soldiers?

I must admit. During most of my 80-plus years I took it for granted that Christians served in the military. I was awed by the supreme sacrifice made. I still am!

How Have You Changed?

The question “How have you changed” is more complicated than you might realize! Before you answer, listen to this story.

Lessons From Those Flying Geese

Just about everyone has seen a flock of geese flying in their trademark V-formation. They are a thing of beauty to behold…. if you can get beyond their negative effects at lower altitudes.

Has Pope Francis “Made a Mess?”

Almost ten years ago to the day, Pope Francis told young people his hopes for World Youth Day. The sound bite people remember… “make a mess.”

Do These Images Speak To Polarization Today?

Two images, in particular, remind me of the limitations of what I see. They are helping me be more humble when I think of my conversations with those who do not view things the way I do.

Do Mothers Have Favorites?

Do mothers have favorites? It depends on who you ask! Here I explore whether God has favorite children.

Jeopardy and the Our Father

I am not a regular viewer of Jeopardy. But the depth of its appeal fascinates me. I was amazed at how many records the show has broken literally over generations! It and it’s stars to resonate with the values of our culture.

Is July 4 a dangerous memory?

Americans see Independence Day as one of the three significant holidays of the summer. But it brings with it the dangers of injuries from fireworks. These injuries can be quite serious. Yet, there is an unrecognized danger… and challenge! Independence Day falls in the...

Are All Your Vacation Pictures Perfect?

The perfect picture we took during a family vacation showed more than we expected. The big-as-life billboard we did not notice ruined an otherwise perfect photo. Once back home there was little we could do to edit out what didn’t fit.

Lyrics That Lead to Prayer

“Life is not tried, it is merely survived, if you’re standing outside the fire.” When country singer Garth Brooks wrote those lyrics in 1993, I wonder if he thought it might lead to prayer.

Mindwalking Keeps Surprising Me

For me, ”mindwalking” is always a surprise!I never know where the surprise is hiding. I rarely end up where I thought I was going.

Remember Saying, “Are We There Yet”?

Even those of us in advanced age remember the excitement and impatience. Four words – “Are we there yet” – captured our anticipation, excitement, and impatience.

Learning From Roller Coasters

Riding a roller coaster! One of the thrills for children is when their parents take them to a major amusement park.

Walking In the Shoes of the Fisherman

Shortly after ordination in 1965, I remember reading the best-selling and quite controversial novel by Morris West, “The Shoes of the Fisherman.” It concerns the election of a Ukrainian pope. 

I Thought My Mom Knew Everything

As a little boy, I thought my Mom knew everything!With eyes in the back of her head, she would always catch me when I was doing something wrong!

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