Life Is In The Blood

“Blood is thicker than water.” “He makes my blood boil.” We are related by blood.” So many sayings about “blood” and so many common sayings from culture to culture. It seems we humans are hard-wired to “know” the importance of the life-fluid we call blood. And yet it would be...

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The Paradox of Sacrifice And Gratitude

At the very heart of the timeless Christian faith is the Eucharist. And you’ve heard me say many times before that the word “Eucharist” has its root in the Greek word for “thank you.” The very center of what it means to be a Christian isn’t some cultural habit “I’m...

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The Promise of the Rainbow

God will never again destroy His world through water. Next time, as the scriptures declare, it will be fire! Whoah! That sounds serious. And it is! But what makes it serious isn’t fear or retribution or even punishment. God simply isn’t interested in that elementary and easily misunderstood interpretation of...

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The Cosmic Kill-Joy

I have a friend who is a biologist and she is also an atheist. She’s an atheist because she’s convinced there is no such thing as “free will.” And she believes this because of her science. To her, every choice we think we make is actually just certain chemical reactions...

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The Struggle to Obey

It never fails. I’m sitting with a young couple in pre-marital counseling and we get to the part of the service where the husband is commanded to love his wife as Christ loves the Church and the wife is to “obey” her husband. They look at each other. They look...

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Bitter Medicine

My best friend in the world died of a brain tumor many years ago. Anyone who has either struggled with cancer or knew someone who did, knows the radical nature of cancer treatment. Chemotherapy is literally poison used to kill cancer. But it’s still poison. Many have wondered if the...

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Sinners in the Hands of A Loving God!

An Optimist says the glass is half full; A Pessimist says the glass is half empty; A Realist says the glass has water in it; An Opportunist drinks the water while the other three are arguing! Let’s face it; life is complicated and perspective makes a difference in practically all...

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Mary Gives Her Free Yes!

Right here during our Lenten journey, the Church brings us to one of the six feasts of the Theotokos, the Virgin Mary. And it is the Feast of the Annunciation. Of course, you know this story well. God sends the angel Gabriel to a virgin engaged to a man named...

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The Sins of Our Fathers

The old saying is “The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.” And then there is “He’s a chip off the old block.” When I was a young man I feared these old sayings, terrified that they were right. You see, I didn’t want to be like my dad. Don’t...

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“Fairness” Is A Trap

“But it’s not fair!” You could hear the pain and anger in her voice. You could see her face was contorted and shaped in a way that communicated just how upset she was. Hey, get used to this if you have children! My daughter was indignant that her sister got...

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