Forty Friggin Five (a memoir of sorts)

(Note: I don’t normally do this, but I’m posting a journal entry I ran across just today. The more human and transparent we can be with each other, the better. I’m 46 now, but this is what I wrote to myself Dec. 10, 2013)… I woke up today, and half my life was over (generously assuming I…

Ruining Jesus: More False Images of the God of Grace

You may remember, but in 2013, a woman famously ruined Jesus. While she probably had good intentions, the 82-year-old Spanish pensioner named Cecilia Gimenez turned an oil fresco painted in the Misericordia Church in Borja, Spain, into an abomination described by the BBC as resembling a “crayon sketch of a very hairy monkey.” Her restoration of the 1910 depiction of Christ…

Getting a Better God Image, pt. 2

We simply can’t imagine a God who doesn’t think and act like us in relation to failure. Which is why we need a new mind. To be clear, when I say failure, I mean sin. How do we view ourselves when we fail again…and again…and again? How do we treat others when they fail? The fact is,…

“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…