Does God Care about My Longings and Desires?

Does God Care about My Longings and Desires?

“It would seem that Our Lord finds our desires not too strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he...
Marriage & Singleness: The Same Shade of Green

Marriage & Singleness: The Same Shade of Green

Several years ago, I was fortunate to grab my piece of the American Dream. It was my dream to purchase a bit of real estate—and I do mean a bit. My desire was to move closer to work and downtown, which can be expensive. Living on a modest ministry salary, the only...
The Remedy to Despair — Connection

The Remedy to Despair — Connection

In my last blog, Addiction=Despair, I explored what happens when we’re repeatedly wounded in relationships. Many of us, out of sheer desperation, will lose hope or simply kill it. When hope dies or we’re just plain tired of being hurt again, it can lead to a crossroad...
Addiction = Despair

Addiction = Despair

“If there lurks in most modern minds the notion that to desire our own good and earnestly to hope for the enjoyment of it is a bad thing, I submit that this notion has crept in from Kant and the Stoics and is no part of the Christian faith. Indeed, if we consider the...
What Does a Safe Church Look Like?

What Does a Safe Church Look Like?

What kind of Yelp reviews did your church get? Shopping around for a new church? This has to be one of the more grueling and tedious things we experience as Christians. The word “shopping” even implies a self-interested consumerism in looking for a church. A method...