Many Mansions

I love a good story, don’t you? I guess everybody does. That’s why I am captivated by the gospels. The story of Jesus is such a good story. It is slightly different in each of the gospels, and each one has its own special charm. People so often…

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The Good Shepherd

I went to a quinceaniera once for a former student. In the Méxican tradition, when a girl turns fifteen, parents hold a quinceaniera, from the Spanish word for fifteen, quince. The tradition actually goes back to the Aztec culture, in which it was considered that young men and women became…

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On The Road

There is a cute joke about a guy, let’s call him George for no particular reason, who is a real born again type Christian. The news on the television announces that the dam is about to break and the whole valley is about to be flooded. All his neighbors…

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Doubtful

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--God Is

I love literature. At one time, I wanted to teach literature. I wanted to be a poet, too. Then I noticed that there was a dearth of jobs for poet listed in the want ads. I might have been a professor of literature, however, had I not become addicted to…

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Palm

Today is Palm Sunday. This week ushers in what Roman Catholics refer to as Holy Week. Today is a commemoration of the day Jesus came into Jerusalem, a week which would end with his arrest, crucifixion, and death. It is a week which Christians believe will ultimately lead to his…

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Come 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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Born Blind

I can remember many years ago, lying in my bed in a great deal of pain. I had hurt my back. I had two herniated discs. Now for those of you who don't know exactly what that means, it means that the gelatinous material that exists between two of my…

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Living Water

The Chinese have a wonderful story about a stonecutter who worked everyday, cutting stones from a mountain. Each day he would rise early and go to the mountain and begin his work cutting stones. Each evening, as the sun went down, he would drag himself to his poor and humble…

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Down From The Mountain

Down From the Mountain I used to live in the mountains once before, back when I was a child. 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…

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Guilty

Here we are again beginning another forty-day period of lent. For many, this is a time of self-reflection, a time when lives are re-examined and in which the soul is tested. Traditionally, the Roman Catholic Church has seen this has a time of self-imposed torture of one type or another…

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What Christians Are Supposed to Be

Many people have problems with the church in America, in the world, for that matter. I cannot blame them. The church has been responsible for any number of evils on this planet. The church has been responsible for a great deal of suffering and sorrow. The church has its own…

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Respect

One Saturday, Sam and Dave were out playing a round of golf. As they were approaching the 9th hole, Sam looked out across to green to see a funeral procession going by on the street next to the golf course. Sam stood still, took off his hat, and placed it…

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Being Good

I read a very interesting article in the newspaper the other day. At first, it gave me a little hope. Given a survey, a full 89% of the young people questioned felt that being a good person was more important than having money. There was one problem, however. It seems…

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Salt

I was teaching my kung fu class the other day working with one of the students. He was having a difficult time with one of the movements I’d shown him a few weeks earlier. He just wasn’t getting it. I told him to just move naturally. “You can…

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