The concepts of sin and confession have gone out of fashion. The images of a judgmental and retributive God that they conjure have been replaced with an emphasis on love and understanding in many faith circles. I’m definitely not a fan of going back to a place in our culture that was condemnatory, but can we really access the full joy of grace without confession? … Continue reading Confession is Good for the Soul (by Eileen)
Recently Marsha and I were out to dinner. We were seated next to a family of four, an attractive couple with two adolescent children. I paid them no mind until it dawned on me there was no sound, no chatter at all coming from their table. When I looked over they all were intently staring at their phones. Really intently! When we finished our meal … Continue reading Feeding the Family
We hear the word smart being used a lot these days. Companies want to locate near smart people. Employers like hiring smart people. Advertisers like selling to smart people. We are awash in all things smart. We have smart phones, smart watches, smart cars and smart homes. We even have smart apps to navigate for us, spell for us, budget our money, brew our morning coffee. Why … Continue reading Smart or Wise?
“If we never experience the chill of a dark winter, it is very unlikely that we will ever cherish the warmth of a bright summer’s day. Nothing stimulates our appetite for the simple joys of life more than the starvation caused by sadness or desperation. In order to complete our amazing life journey successfully, it is vital that we turn each and every dark tear … Continue reading Blessings in Disguise
Where do the poor find wealth? Amazon’s recent adventure in New York turned out to be a kind of morality play for me. I found myself thinking how hard it is to turn down the promise of wealth and how easy it is to get mesmerized by the lure of great riches. So when the New York community pushed back against Amazon hard enough that … Continue reading Poor Man’s Wealth