Vivek Murthy, the surgeon general of the United States, has said many times in recent years that the most prevalent health issue in the country is not cancer or heart disease or obesity. It is isolation. Let's take a look at how Jesus directs us to fight loneliness together.Read More
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This week, we’re going back to the fourth century to study a human who was given the label heretic. His name is Donatus Magnus, and he was the leader of the movement that has been given the name “The Donatist Heresy.” As I spent time with the story, it captivated me. The Donatus story is a story of trauma, pain, bias, and politics. At its core, the Donatist Heresy asks the question, “How far does forgiveness reach? How far must we extend it?”Read More
St. Catherine of Siena's story is one of God using the uneducated to stump the wise, and the weak to shame the strong. Her’s is the story of God using the lowly and powerless to nullify the high and mighty. But -- her’s is also a story of tragedy. A story of a debilitating eating disorder driven in large part by an unrelenting quest for perfection. She is a hero that the world couldn’t see coming, didn’t really know what to do with, and in the end, couldn’t be without.Read More
Flannery O’Connor had a lot of the acerbic wit of Twain, and certainly wrestled with some of the same fears about the future. Being a devout Catholic, this writer wouldn’t abide me calling her a saint, and being humble and self-aware she wouldn’t abide me calling her a hero. But she offered something to me and many others that most great American authors couldn’t offer, something that repositioned her whole view of humanity and existence.Read More
The Feast of St. Nicholas became Sinterklass...became Christkindle...became Santa Clause, Kris Kringle, and jolly old St. Nick. Let's finally peel back the historical layers and ask who was the real Santa Claus -- Sinterklass -- St. Nicholas?Read More
Today I want to introduce you to a similar young man. Zealous and tenacious and, like Anne, familiar with tragedy from a young age. His name is Origen....with an E (05 Origen with an E). One of the greatest theologians in Christian history that perhaps is only rivaled by Augustine in genius and only by Anne Shirley in his imagination. More than anything what I love about Anne Shirley is that she is a learner. She and Origen share a ravenous love for learning and for books. And like Anne, his speculation got him into some trouble.
Today we’re going to begin our series by looking at my favorite anti-hero, the arch-heretic: Marcion, the Bishop of Sinope. A man whose influence we still feel today, and whose lesson is just as important today, nearly 1800 years after his death.Read More
Remaining faithful to a difficult boss, a selfish friend, or a wavering spouse is the exception to the rule in our culture today. Not so in God's culture. Let's take a look at His response to an unfaithful people in the book of Exodus.Read More
On the very day of the Lord’s passover, Israel was saved from her slavery. It was a night of deliverance not to be forgotten. And for generations upon generations, the Israelites celebrated each Passover as a way to remember God’s promise of protection and as a reminder of where they came from so that they would never forget how they got out Egypt, Mitzrayim, out of the narrow straits, and into the wide and spacious land promised so many years before.
It was a day so profound — so unlike anything the world had ever seen before — that even the calendar would be re-written, and the years would be marked from this moment onward. A new hope is about to burst on the scene.
History is about to start over and a new age is about to begin.
Evil will be used for good, mourning will turn into laughing, sadness into surpassing joy. Injustices will be righted. Equity will be established. Righteousness will reign.
Because God has come down.
This is what the Exodus offers as hope for a different future.
What does it mean to be great? Is it something based on achievements? Meaning, becoming rich? Well liked? Well known? What if I told you that the key is associated more with words like embarrassed, weak, and rejected? Let's see how this applied to Moses in our passage in Exodus.Read More