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“Once upon a time there were a fisherman and his wife who lived in a hovel by the sea.” So begins a story by the Brothers Grimm, a story not as well known as “Cinderella” or “Hansel and … more
The Welsh poet Dylan Thomas began his writing career while still a teenager. He dropped out of school, much to the chagrin of his father who was an English teacher, to pursue his literary interests, … more
As I write this article, it is 2:30 on November 6 and all of America is in a state of frenzy about the election results to be revealed later tonight and into many tomorrows. Soon it will be over, and … more
One of London’s key geographical reference points is the Charing Cross. It’s near the center of the city and it’s commonly used as a reference point in giving directions. A little girl … more
There are a few formal or written prayers that I return to over the years. One is the Prayer of St. Francis, beginning with that excellent phrase, “Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.” … more
It was this week more than seventy-five years ago, that one of the most harrowing personal dramas of the Second World War played itself out on a watery stage in the Central Pacific Ocean. Carrying a … more
Happy New Year! We declare this year will be the year of breakthrough! Making room is necessary for increase and expansion in our lives. The Bible tells us in II Chronicles 7:14, “If my people who … more
You are a cut above. Almighty God has anointed you and created you to excel.  A cut above means you stand out. The Bible tells us of a man named Daniel. Daniel operated with an excellent spirit. … more
I hope it’s not too soon to say it, but you probably spent too much money this holiday season. It’s understandable, and I am not without compassion for you or your bank statement. Your list was … more
There was a man in the Bible named David. He was the youngest of eight brothers. He was known for his love for worship and described as a handsome fellow. David was a shepherd boy. As such, he was … more
Every morning I follow a ritual as inevitable as the rising of the sun and a hot cup of coffee (one Splenda and a splash of cream, please). Reaching into a wicker basket that sits beside the front … more
Sometimes in life we fight the wrong battles, or we’ve been on a road for so long we settle and never reach our destiny. Don’t settle for mediocre when God has prepared greatness for you. In … more
We sat across the banquet table from each other. He was a popular priest at the very pinnacle of his career. I was a brand new clergyman. At some point, I think, we shook hands, and he congratulated … more
“I am certain,” the Apostle Paul once wrote, “that God, who began the good work within you, will continue that work until it is finally finished.” That God would finish what God started … more
“Love covers a multitude of sins,” Saint Peter wrote. I know this is true, for I have experienced it, most dramatically on a Valentine’s Day many decades ago. Like any poor, college-aged … more
Dr. Robert Emmons is a professor of psychology at the University of California, Davis, who specializes in the “science of gratitude.” Yes, the science of it, as he and his colleagues have … more
From time to time, folks will ask me, “Do the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit really speak to us?” And when I assure them that the Most Holy Trinity does, indeed, communicate with us, the next … more
“Fact is, I had no reason to do it, and I just thought… (expletive deleted), life is boring so why not?”That’s what the Thousand Oaks shooter posted on Instagram, when he paused in the midst … more
As a child, I remember watching evangelists on TV who purportedly healed people. People would walk up to the stage on crutches, then after a prayer would throw them down and walk or dance down the … more
It was Dr. Bill Leonard who best described my religious upbringing. Speaking for many who came to Christianity in the fire-and-brimstone of Appalachian fundamentalism, he said, “Some of us were … more
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