The Power of Hope (A Tribute to My Dad for Father’s Day)

My father endured many setbacks in his life. His sister married a crooked lawyer who stole his inheritance. He nearly died from ulcerative colitis. Though he became a successful real estate developer and businessman, he also knew the difficulties of lean years and the betrayal of embezzlement from trusted employees (more than once). He faced many obstacles in…

“Consumed:” Unique 40-Day Devo Provides Fuel and Focus for Fasters

Drawing inspiration from Psalm 40 and Isaiah 40, Consumed is written in simple, encouraging language, composed day-by-day during the author’s own forty day fast. Thus, the insights come to you in “real time” — exactly what you need for each day, like a friend who knows how to speak to your heart. Each brief, daily devotional helps to focus the soul in a posture of humility and repentance for the ultimate goal of personal renewal. Have you lost direction, focus, vibrancy? The ancient solution is to give yourself to an extended, 40-day fast.

God is Pleased: The Revolution of Divine Nearness

Christmas is a revolution of nearness. In his Apostolic Exhortation Verbum Domini, Benedict XVI writes: “We are speaking of an unprecedented and humanly inconceivable novelty: “the word became flesh and dwelt among us” (Jn 1:14a). These words are no figure of speech; they point to a lived experience! Saint John, an eyewitness, tells us so: “We have beheld…

Wax & Clay: The Choice of Suffering

There is a distinct quality in a broken person, though mileage varies. Some are hardened and cold, some are tender and gentle. Either way, you can see it in their eyes, their body posture, their gait. You hear it in their voice. They’ve been slammed. Slammed by life, circumstance, relationships, disease, tragedy. Mind you, I’m…

The Sixties: Guilt in Our Soul

Author’s note: while this essay is much longer than normal, the topic no doubt merits an even fuller, richer, more informed treatment than I have provided. I make no claims to being a sociologist or historian. My comments are my own—pastoral, and in part, the result of having lived as both son and father. I have attempted, briefly as possible, to…

No Matter What

I recently watched the movie, Draft Day, starring Kevin Costner. It was an interesting (supposed) peek into the shrewd world of power plays among National Football League general managers as they jockey to make the best deals on, wait for it…the yearly NFL Draft Day. I’d say it was a mostly solid 3-out-of-5 sort of movie, enjoyable but nothing special.…