Day 129

""If you can’t?" said Jesus. "Everything is possible for one who believes."" - Mark‬ 9:23‬ NIV‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ On a recent Tuesday, in advance of our weekly Wednesday get together with a faithful group of men, I received the following email from our pastor, which I have edited a bit for pithiness: “Hi Guys, Looking forward to [...]

Day 78

““Here is a simple, rule-of-thumb guide for behavior: Ask yourself what you want people to do for you, then grab the initiative and do it for them. Add up God’s Law and Prophets and this is what you get.” - Matthew 7:12 MSG Late in the year in 1995 the Smashing Pumpkins released arguably one [...]

In Closing

To paraphrase my previous rector, “the deeper the Lent the greater the Resurrection.” I have endeavored to go deeper into my writing (and hopefully thereby deeper into myself) these last 47 days and I can truly say the result is a greater sense of hope and uplifting about my joy for this work and my [...]

Day 47

“For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you.” - Romans‬ 12‬:3‬ NIV‬‬ Humility. The act of lowering ourselves and at [...]

Day 46

“Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.” - Romans‬ 12‬:12‬ NIV‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ My brother is a very good cook, and one of my favorite things that he makes is his chocolate chip cookies. He tinkers with the recipe a lot, but the core ingredients are always there: butter, eggs, flour, chocolate. Every once [...]

Day 45

“Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much.” - Luke 16:10 I remember writing a particular paper when I was in college. One of the reasons that I have such a clear memory of the experience is [...]

Day 44

"Sin is not ended by multiplying words, but the prudent hold their tongues." - Proverbs 10:19 This isn’t a new thought, but many of us have become terrible in this day and age at saying “I’m sorry”. The world is full of apologies littered with “IF I offended anyone” or “I’m sorry, but…”. I’m as [...]

Day 43

“For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father’s family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?” - Esther‬ 4‬:14‬ NIV‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ “All preordained, a prisoner in chains, [...]

Day 42

“Not one of all the Lord ’s good promises to Israel failed; every one was fulfilled.” - Joshua 21:45 There have been few teams in the history of major college and pro sports that have been able to have a perfect record through one season. In 1972 Miami Dolphins went 17-0 and won the Superbowl. [...]

Day 41

“For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.” - Matthew‬ 18‬:20‬ NIV‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ I remember in high school our English teacher made us memorize passages from Shakespeare and then recite them as part of occasional oral exams, sometimes even in front of the entire class. Julius Caesar, Hamlet, MacBeth…all the [...]