Author - Fr. Barnabas Powell

Don’t Just Be a RuleKeeper!


Why are some people "rule-keepers?" What is it about most of us that if we know the "rules" we seem to be fine with that? Of course, not everyone is a rulekeeper. If that were true, I wouldn't have had a job when I was a police officer. Being a...

The Greatest Gift – A Special Message from Fr. Barnabas


Here’s a note we recently received from a faithful friend of Faith Encouraged: “We need more of this straight talk to wake us up to the evil creeping paralysis especially for us in the West! … I needed to hear this today, thank you, Father.” But I started Faith Encouraged specifically...

Don’t Miss the Truth Right in Front of You!


Sometimes you have to wonder why we so easily miss it. You know, the obvious stuff that, once we see it, we wonder how we missed it in the first place! My girls like those puzzles where you are supposed to find the hidden pictures in a larger picture,...

Don’t Trust Good Intentions


A quote from Virgil's Aeneid says "The descent to hell is easy." And no one ever expects their good intentions to turn out bad. That's the "law of unintended consequences." It seems we humans are better at coming up with witty quotes than we are at avoiding the mistakes...

Unique!


It's never been "popular" to confront our very prideful and "autonomous" societies with the exclusive teaching that the only way to God the Father is through Jesus Christ. In fact, most societies and cultures have reacted rather badly to this Christian faith message. Our human history shows a swing...

Don’t You Understand?


Why is it that we humans struggle with understanding certain things about life, technology, relationships, politics, and the list goes on and on? Well, it's got everything to do with different experiences, different upbringing, different priorities, and so on. But what if there was a basic understanding that was fundamentally...

Don’t Be Ashamed of the Lord


It was a bit of a surprise to me. In fact, it was such an unexpected revelation about myself that I am still processing this information to this day. I was embarrassed. You see, I have never had a hard time being in front of a lot of people....

Be Careful How You Walk – Sunday Homily


The Apostle Paul writes the Ephesians and gives them instructions on how to "walk as children of the Light." And this wisdom is meant to instruct us on how to avoid stumbles, and how to reach the goal that God has offered us: To become by grace what Christ...

Being Truly Human


"I don't believe in God." "OK," I told him. "Tell me about this god you don't believe in." This young man began describing Zeus. You know, a god who is vindictive and angry; who punishes the mortals with lightning bolts of pain and sorrow. This god tries to control...

The Servant Who Became St. Nicholas


“I’m their leader! Which way did they go?” I have a cap with two bills on it, one in the front and one in the back with that slogan on it. It’s funny because it’s so often true. Leadership is always such a rewarding and challenging calling. In fact, if...