For those unfamiliar, the Christian season of Lent started last Wednesday. It’s a 40-day period (46 days, not counting 6 Sundays) to commemorate the 40-day fast that Jesus undertook in the desert before beginning His ministry. At the end of His fasting – when He was at His weakest, by the way – the devil … Continue reading Why Jesus’s Temptations Matter to Us
During the dark days of the US Civil War, Abraham Lincoln made the comment that he "didn’t care so much that God is on our side, but that we are on the side of God.” Ah, the humble rhetoric of Presidents past… A few weeks ago, a good friend pointed out a comment made by … Continue reading Did God Elect Donald Trump?
After all the downer-posts I’ve recently shared, I felt compelled to offer up something a little brighter. Everyone has stories of praying for something only to one day have it come true. Here’s one of my favorites: The backdrop: I had a good friend who had three daughters. Sidebar: For blogging purposes, I refer to … Continue reading Saving Lives Through Prayer
Massacre of the Innocents, by Peter Paul Rubens, 1636–38. As I mentioned before, one of Satan’s most effective tricks is to tempt people into sin so they incur God’s punishment, and he never has to touch them. This post shows another of his tactics – moving the hearts of the Godless to do his … Continue reading The Massacre of the Innocents
Yeah, I know everyone pretty much glosses over the “Jehoshaphat the father of Jehoram, Jehoram the father of Uzziah" stuff and so on. And why not, right? I mean, it’s pretty much like reading through an Old Testament phone book. BUT, when it comes to Jesus’s lineage, there’s actually a really awesome story in there. … Continue reading Jesus’s Lineage – My FAVORITE Christmas Story. For real.
Someone please correct me if I’m wrong, but from my best recollection, on the official secular calendar, the Christmas-preparation mindset actually begins when the last Thanksgiving guest has left and the last piece of Tupperware clicks shut on the leftovers, right? (Why wait until the unconscionably-early Black Friday deals?) Once the refrigerator and dishwasher doors … Continue reading Getting Ready for Christmas
I used to think that, when it came to clergy abuse, the Catholic church was stuck between a rock and a hard place. On one hand, abuse of any kind (especially the worst kind) is expressly forbidden in all Church laws, doctrines, and teachings. To say it differently, in no way is this tolerated in … Continue reading On the Abuse