Category: Faith

Sermons, resources, conference recaps, book reviews, and reflections on faith

The Downfall of John Kreese

“Sweep the leg.” That scene from The Karate Kid is as iconic of the ‘80s as Darth Vader’s “I am your father” or The Terminator‘s “I’ll be back.”  Three simple words that would unravel John Kreese’s life.  When Kreese orders Johnny to do this,… Continue Reading “The Downfall of John Kreese”

Fear is the Mind-Killer

The Bene Gesserit “Litany Against Fear” from the book Dune. A powerful reminder that fear, as powerful as it can be, isn’t real.  Fear can be conquered.  Fear is simply a label we put on a feeling we have when our body is warning… Continue Reading “Fear is the Mind-Killer”

The Easy Way Out

Or How I Gave The Next Generation A Chance We are wired to take the easy way out. Sad but true.  It’s a side effect of our autonomic system that protects us from harm.  Think flight or fight responses.  We are wired to favor… Continue Reading “The Easy Way Out”

The Devil Made Me Do It

Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, left the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, 2 where for forty days he was tempted by the devil. He ate nothing during those days, and at the end of them he was hungry. 3 The… Continue Reading “The Devil Made Me Do It”

All You Need Is Love

Have you ever traveled to a country where you didn’t know the language? It can be tough.  When Cassie and I got married a little after 9/11, it wasn’t considered safe to travel internationally so we couldn’t go on the trip we originally planned. … Continue Reading “All You Need Is Love”

The God Test

I’m still not quite convinced Paul isn’t dead. I’ve been a Beatles fan since I was a kid.  I discovered my mom’s albums quite by accident while leafing through my parents’ collection when I was about nine years old.  She had both the red… Continue Reading “The God Test”

The Blind Spot

Did you know you have a blind spot? I don’t mean the area of your car you can’t see in your mirrors.  I mean a literal blind spot right in front of your face.  Apparently, everyone has one in each eye.  It’s the spot… Continue Reading “The Blind Spot”

A Few Bad Apples

A few bad apples ruin the bunch. Isn’t that the truth?  You find a few and it’s easy to assume the whole bunch is like that.  We tend to define people by the lowest common denominator.  Instead of looking to the best and the… Continue Reading “A Few Bad Apples”

He or Me

Let me tell you a story. Once upon a time, there was a prince who was sheltered all his life from the outside world.  His father the King sought to protect him from the suffering and pain he might encounter, hoping that would be… Continue Reading “He or Me”

Truly Holy Cows

Could Robin the Boy Wonder have been Hindu? Holy Eastern Religions, Batman!  Robin used to call EVERYTHING holy.  Holy cow, holy guacamole, holy hole in a doughnut, and my favorite – Holy Haberdashery!  In fact, Burt Ward who played Robin on TV said he… Continue Reading “Truly Holy Cows”