January 28th, 2020
Paul McCartney sang: When I find myself in times of trouble, Mother Mary comes to me Speaking words of wisdom, let it be And in my hour of darkness she is standing right in front of me Speaking word...
Peter: First Pope or Humble Fisherman?
January 14th, 2020
When you think of the Apostle Simon Peter, what comes to mind? If anything does, it’s probably the story of him slicing off the ear of a soldier coming to arrest Jesus. Or maybe you remember the story...
Who is the Real Mary Magdalene?
December 31st, 2019
Who actually is Mary Magdelene? Do you go by the DaVinci Code (she’s disguised in the Last Supper painting!), The Last Temptation of Christ, (she’s his first wife!), Pope Gregory I (she’s the prostitu...
A Lesson on Fulfillment
December 24th, 2019
Are you easily convinced? Or the skeptical type?One of the things that keeps me from going off the rails from the Christian beliefs I hold is that my skepticism is met with the strangest and truest-fe...
December 17th, 2019
What are you predicting? I’m predicting the Lakers will make it to the NBA finals this year.I’m predicting my body gets more and more stiff and achy from here on out. (That’s a safe bet for a 42-year...
Imagining a New Creation
December 10th, 2019
What needs a makeover?Advent, the 4 Sundays before Christmas, is a time Christians ponder the world’s not-right-ness and hope for it’s grand makeover some day.Have you noticed that some things are wor...
December 3rd, 2019
The Bruce Springsteen song ‘Glory Days’ describes three people sitting at the local bar reminiscing on how life used to be before they hit their dead ends. A former high school baseball star who was b...
November 26th, 2019
What’s your favorite mountain?I love driving up north from Sacramento on the west coast. It’s like getting a free geological tour: Lassen Peak, Mount Shasta, Crater Lake, Mount Hood, Mount St. Helens,...
Jesus the King
November 21st, 2019
I was a tourist in England for about a week. It was long enough to get a taste of the buzz around the royal family. Sure, pictures of the queen, princes, and princesses regularly greet me at the check...
Emotionally Healthy Spirituality: Limits and Slowing Down
November 19th, 2019
Why is it so hard to slow down?The world is filled with different cultures, tribes and traditions. The pace of life might be the rapid-speed 24-hour productivity of Tokyo or the hang-loose vibes of Ma...
Emotionally Healthy Spirituality: Diving into Vulnerability
November 5th, 2019
What’s the safe route? Are you taking it?We smooth over awkwardnessWe white-out mistakes.We think to ourselves: maybe I should risk, speak up, do something new, or help in that situation. But fear fre...
Emotionally Healthy Spirituality: Dwell on Your Losses
October 29th, 2019
Decide right now you have big losses ahead of you. Nothing could be truer. Decide this right now and when they come there’s a chance you can gain all the value in each loss.A debt or foreclosure.A dia...