Doubts

It's pretty easy to attack religious faith. After all, the stories you read in holy books are pretty far fetched. Those books are full of miracles and wonders and basically shit you don't see on a day to day basis. When was the last time you saw somebody walking on…

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Easter

Today, there will be no place to park at church. It will be standing room only. I will have a seat because I lead the choir, but Becky will end up smushed in a pew next to a well-dressed young uncomfortable woman, looking uncomfortable, only there with her young family…

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Reading Palms

Today is Palm Sunday. It is the beginning of what Roman Catholics and most other Christians as well, refer to as "Holy Week". Each day of this week has some significance. It begins with Palm Sunday. Then follows Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday, culminating with Easter Sunday. This…

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Coming Out

I’ve had my share of hard times. I guess we all have. And we get through them. But it sure is hard. I remember back to a time when I was a retail store manager. I like to say that because it sounds more impressive than what I really…

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Again

Every sporting event you see on TV, somebody is always up there in the stands waving a sign that says “John 3-16” I always used to wonder what that meant, but was always too lazy to actually look up the verse in the bible. But one day, I did. And…

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Press 4 for God

For Heaven, Press Four You know what I hate? I hate trying to phone some company and having to wade through seven or eight layers of computer prompts in order to do what I want to do. A few months ago, I received my daily New York Times soaking wet.…

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Down From The Mountain

I used to live in the mountains. I didn't live there for very long, but I did live there for awhile. Back around 1961 or 1962, when I was just a wee lad, my parents bought a mountain cabin up in the little mountain town of Wrightwood, California. They had…

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In Times Like These

I’ll tell you a story about a man I knew. He grew up in a poor neighborhood, a rough neighborhood. His parents were immigrants. They were poor, yet they worked hard and sent him to the best schools they could afford, often making great sacrifices for his education. This…

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I Know Who You Are

Back in 2009, a man from our old neighborhood, feeling despondent over the loss of his job and the tremendous debt he was carrying, chose to take the lives of his wife, his five children, and then killed himself. How terrible it is to lose hope. And when you look…

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The Chosen

I don’t really have any regrets when I think back on my life. But there are a couple experiences I wish I could have had. I mean, I suppose I still might have these experiences, but at my age, it doesn’t seem likely, and no…I’m not…

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What Are You Looking For?

I may seem like some kind of seeker, but I’m not. The truth is, who knows why we do the things we do? I can remember from my earliest childhood being called to certain images. When I was four years old, I was fascinated by a statue that stood…

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Epiphany

My mother used to drive my family crazy. Often we would go to great trouble to find a gift for her that was just perfect, something we knew that she wanted very much. And we would scramble to find the money to buy the gift, or work our fingers to…

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Holy Family

It's funny when you spend a few hours on the freeway watching the cars, how many of the most rude and obnoxious drivers drive around with little fishes, or crosses plastered on their cars. I usually notice the fish just about the same time the driver of the car is…

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Happy Christmas

Well, Monday is Christmas. And this day always brings images of Mary and Joseph coming into the little town of Bethlehem looking for some place to lay their heads and for Mary to give birth to the child who would grow up to change the world forever, or at least…

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