The worst label the gospel Jesus ever gave anyone was "hypocrite." Certainly wasn't a bad title in itself. Even today many of us anxiously await the yearly ceremony in which commemorative statues are given to the prior year's best movie hypocrites: the Academy Awards. The word simply describes... more
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Most of us dread to hear the word "discipline." It conjures up images of restriction. It limits our behavior and creates a narrow lifestyle. Even if it comes from God, we still cringe at its mention. What's worse, the author of today's Hebrews pericope pulls no punches.
"My child, do not... more
I'd rather Jesus hadn't said the things in today's gospel pericope. I have enough trouble carrying through on the late Dale Carnegie's advice to make friends and influence people without looking forward to turning people against one another and especially against me. There are some aspects of... more
Considering how many people read these commentaries every week, I receive very little feedback. But a few years ago, one of my columns was an exception; the one in which I referred to the migration of Monarch butterflies as an example of faith. No doubt the recent release of the I MAX film The... more