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He Burned His Bag

A Parable A man on a treacherous journey through blistering deserts, freezing mountain ranges, fighting off wildlife and almost drowning at sea comes to the beginning of his new life. He drops his heavy bag and wipes the sweat from his brow. The life of terror, oppression and fear of death is now behind him. … Continue reading He Burned His Bag

Preparing the way of Humanity

“In the Fifteenth year of the reign of Emperor Tiberius, when Pontus Pilate was governor of Judea, and Herod was ruler of Galilee, and his program Philip ruler of the region of Ituraea and Trachonitis, and Lysania ruler of Abilene, during the high priesthood of Annas and Caiaphas, the word of God came to John … Continue reading Preparing the way of Humanity

Values

For me, living a contemplative life started with determining my values. When a person comes to the understanding of what they value, it helps set the foundation for how a he/she lives their life. My beliefs are really only augments of what I value, and starting with that gave me the foundation I needed to … Continue reading Values

The Throne Room

Peter Rollins tells a parable similar to this one:  Imagine yourself as a pious Christian person who has gone to church every Sunday, Bible Study on Wednesdays and even occasionally volunteered in the food pantry having died and then goes to heaven. You are looking forward to seeing St. Peter at the gate with his … Continue reading The Throne Room

The Beginning is Near

“‘There will be signs in the sun, moon and the stars. On the earth, nations will be in anguish and perplexity at the roaring and tossing of the sea. Men will faint from terror, apprehension of what is coming on the world for the heavenly bodies will be shaken. At that time they will see … Continue reading The Beginning is Near

Burning Bibles

Imagine with me a pastor walking through the city on an azure winter day, clear skies with a wind that is chilling enough to appreciate the coziness of your clothing. On his walk he sees a homeless man sitting in an alley with a small makeshift cardboard shelter, a blanket, a pillow, and a shopping … Continue reading Burning Bibles

Some Thoughts on Voting

Every year we approach the polls with some sense of self-responsibility, sometimes in a selfish way.  We do our best to research the candidates, the tax levies, the state law measures and in the end, we will inevitably ask ourselves. “How will this vote affect me?” This question is asked while worrying about a tax … Continue reading Some Thoughts on Voting