Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! 


Can we talk about death? There are two kinds of death. There is spiritual death, meaning permanent separation from God as a result of unredeemed Sin. And then there is death of the worldly physical body, which Christians know as the gateway to eternal life with God in His eternal kingdom. For God so loved the world, thatContinue reading “Death”


Remember Pinocchio, the marionette made by the woodcarver, Gepetto? He was created a wooden puppet but he dreams of being a real boy. But what was wrong with being a puppet? After all, that’s the way his creator made him, carefully crafting each part of the lifelike marrionette with love and expert craftmanship. Sometimes whenContinue reading “Pinocchio”

Lada Gaga’s Gift

This is not about Lady Gaga’s singing or acting talents. Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta a.k.a. Lada Gaga, has won 12 Grammy awards, an Academy award, 2 Golden Globe awards and 18 MTV Music Video awards … among other things. She is one of the world’s best selling musical artists. She’s also a survivor of childhoodContinue reading “Lada Gaga’s Gift”

“Use Me Today”

A friend told me a story recently. It started with him looking out the window one morning and praying, “God, use me today.” He then went on to tell how God had used him that day in an unexpected way. That story penetrated my heart in a way my friend couldn’t have anticipated. It wasn’tContinue reading ““Use Me Today””

The Festival of Weeks

9 Count off seven weeks from the time you begin to put the sickle to the standing grain. 10 Then celebrate the Festival of Weeks to the Lord your God by giving a freewill offering in proportion to the blessings the Lord your God has given you. Deuteronomy 16:9-10 Last night was the first night of the Jewish festival of Shavuot, described inContinue reading “The Festival of Weeks”

Use vs. Mention

I majored in Philosophy in college. Its always a little bit exciting when I get a chance to use rather than just mention that fact. In analytic philosophy there has been a lot written about the use vs. mention distinction. Most of it is irrelevant to this Blog … but not all of it. Basically,Continue reading “Use vs. Mention”

Mother’s Day

There are varying traditions for celebrating some version of Mother’s Day around the world. In the USA, pacifist Julia Ward Howe’s view of war as sin holds a strong place in the history of the holiday. In her 1870 “Appeal to womanhood throughout the world” – later known as “Mother’s Day Proclamation” – she lamentsContinue reading “Mother’s Day”


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